Chemist Postdoctoral Fellow

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

United States

August 20, 2021


The Postdoctoral Fellow will work in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) as part of the Heavy Element Chemistry group. You will lead a new research program to study f-electron localization and covalency in molecular lanthanide and actinide compounds. The overall goal is to engender electron correlations and other physical properties in molecular compounds that are typically observed in metals or intermetallics.

What You Will Do:

  • Synthesize organic, inorganic, and organometallic molecules by following previously established procedures, and establish new syntheses for closely-related molecules.
  • Analyze data obtained through ligand K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy, variable temperature SQUID magnetometry, EPR spectroscopy, and resonant X-ray emission spectroscopy.
  • Coordinate sample preparation for experiments at synchrotron facilities.
  • Travel to synchrotron facilities within the United States and internationally and participate in experiments, sometimes outside of normal business hours.
  • Handle dispersible radioactive materials, including high-specific activity transuranium isotopes.
  • Perform analysis of synthesis products using NMR, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and infrared spectroscopy.
  • Coordinate interactions with collaborators including theorists and other experimentalists.
  • Disseminate research results in peer-reviewed journals, present results at scholarly meetings and conferences.
  • Participate in weekly meetings and regular seminars.
  • Take an active role in ensuring workplace safety, and adhere to all safety guidelines, procedures, and policies.
  • Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Collaborate on other projects within the LBNL Heavy Element Chemistry group as desired.
  • Participate in other synchrotron-related experiments led by collaborators as desired.
  • Assist with preparation of proposals to user facilities and funding.
  • Maintain a clean and organized workspace.
  • What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Physics.
  • Ability to handle air-sensitive molecules using standard Schlenk and glove-box techniques.
  • Hands-on experience with advanced methods for physical characterization such as X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, SQUID magnetometry, optical spectroscopy, or synchrotron-related techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to be safe and work independently in a laboratory environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by prior publications and oral presentations at scientific conferences.
  • Familiarity with Endnote, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint software programs.
  • Familiarity with literature searching platforms such as Web of Science or SciFinder.
  • Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience discovering new molecules and materials through inorganic synthesis techniques.
  • Completion of graduate-level coursework in f-element science, inorganic spectroscopy, magnetism and/or theory.
  • Experience with analytical radiochemistry and/or techniques to handle actinide isotopes.
  • Experience in measuring and analyzing XAFS data.
  • Experience with UNIX and/or computer programming.
  • Experience in troubleshooting vacuum and cryogenic equipment.
  • Experience in proposal and/or report preparation.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Matlab, Igor, or Python software programs.
  • Notes:

  • This is a full-time, 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 2 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to hire individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives who share these same values and commitments.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
  • 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."

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