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Physicist Postdoc 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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Mid-Career (2 - 15 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 Division has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics to work in the Electron Electric Dipole Moment (EDM) group. You will carry out creative research developing cesium and francium EDM atom fountains and collaborate on the EDM experiment at Berkeley Lab and at TRIUMF (Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics). An atom EDM experiment may be thought of as a cold-atom optical-magnetometer with an added electric field.

What You Will Do:


Perform research on the development of cesium (and francium) atom fountains and use them to perfect EDM experiments including state preparation and analysis, magnetic field measurement and control, and systematic effect suppression.

Collaborate on the electron EDM experiment at LBNL (Cs) and at TRIUMF (Fr) working closely with ALS scientists, other Postdocs and students, and collaborators from other institutions (e.g.: TRIUMF).

Communicate results through internal reports, internal and external presentations, and peer-reviewed publications.

What Is Required:


Demonstrated experience in the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of cold alkali atom fountain experiments using magneto optic traps.



Demonstrated experience in the design, construction, and operation of optical magnetometers and their use in research.

Interest in EDM experiments and the ability to work in a collaboration that includes, among others, engineers, computer scientists, scientific staff, technicians, and students, and communicate effectively with all.

Ph.D. degree in physics or related field

Additional Desired Qualifications:


Experience with electric dipole moment experiments and/or other precision measurements.

Experience with ultra high vacuum

Experience with polarization gradient atom cooling.

Experience using Ti:Sapphire lasers.

Experience working at accelerators.

Experience working with radioactive atoms.

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 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

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

* This position requires completion of a background check.

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