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Optical Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow (Advanced Light Source)

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Doctoral Degree


Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!

In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, science or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your top-notch skills to bear in support of world-class scientific research that addresses national and global challenges!

Position Summary:

Berkeley Labs Advanced Light Source (ALS) Division has an opening for an Optical Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow. You will have a key role in developing experimental and theoretical methods for world-class x-ray and optical metrology of synchrotron optics, as well as for analysis and evaluation of the performance of optics and optical systems for manipulating highly-coherent and powerful x-rays.

What You Will Do:


Design and implementation of complex state of the art x-ray and visible light optical systems.

Development of optical and x-ray metrology methods and instrumentation.

Research in advanced x-ray optics for advancement of the ALS scientific program.

Analysis of experimental data, documenting and publishing of the results of the investigation.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:


Operate, maintain and develop optical and x-ray metrology tools.

What Is Required:


Recent Ph.D. in optics, physics or related discipline.

Substantial experience performing accurate physical/optical measurements.

Demonstrated experience in computer-based modelling of optical systems.

Demonstrated experience of the mathematical analysis of experimental data and systems.

Demonstrated highly effective oral and written communication skills.

Additional Desired Qualifications:


Experience of the design and use of complex optical and x-ray metrology instrumentation.

Familiarity with synchrotron radiation optics for hard and soft x-rays.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



Berkeley Lab understands the postdoctoral experience in a research environment is unique. We are committed to the growth and development of early career researchers in pursuit of becoming next generation scientists and engineers. Read about the excellent postdoctoral benefits at Berkeley Lab.

This is a 1 year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 of years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

Salary will be predetermined based on student/postdoctoral step rates.

This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

This position requires completion of a background check.

Berkeley Lab addresses the worlds most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Labs scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energys Office of Science.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

Keywords: Optics, Lasers, XRay Postdoc, Optical, Physics, Physicist