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Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division has an opening for a Materials Staff Scientist.  


The Staff Scientist appointed to this position will be a principal investigator in the Materials Sciences Division (MSD). The Staff Scientist will establish a cutting-edge cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) research group to explore the structure-property relationships in radiation-sensitive synthetic materials, and materials displaying novel low-temperature properties


What You Will Do:

  • The development of experimental cryo-EM platforms for obtaining data at the atomic level from both organic and inorganic solids.
  • Advancement of sample-preparation, imaging modalities, and data collection in modern cryogenic electron microscopes
  • Participation in the development of novel sample environments for high resolution imaging at extremely low temperatures such as 1-10K.
  • Research into fundamental understanding of both materials science and the interactions between electrons and materials that enables the development of new high resolution cryo-EM approaches.  The staff member will have a primary responsibility to contribute to the “Soft-Matter Electron Microscopy” program, devoted to the application of cryo-EM to the study of synthetic soft materials, while also contributing to lab-wide efforts related to the development of new cryo-EM methods that can be applied more generally to studies of a wide variety of materials in the low temperature limit.   Participating in on-going team-oriented research at the lab, and developing new research directions and teams to address important scientific challenges.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Creating specimens from a variety of beam sensitive materials that enable atomic-scale imaging by cryogenic electron microscopy.
  • Developing methodologies and approaches to enable the high resolution image collection from beam-sensitive materials. 
  • Developing image processing techniques of cryogenic electron microscopy to advance the 2-D and 3-D atomic-scale imaging of synthetic soft materials.
  • Utilizing the application of existing image analysis software and developing custom algorithms and scripts when existing software fails.  
  • Publishing research achievements in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at professional conferences; contributing to scientific research papers and patents.
  • Leading independent research programs related to cryogenic electron microscopy imaging; participating as principal investigator and co-principal investigator in new research proposals.
  • Demonstrate commitment to diverse and inclusive culture, including recruitment of a diverse and talented workforce.
  • Supervising, mentoring and training the postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students in the research programs.

What is Required:

  •    Ph.D. or equivalent in polymer science, materials science, biological science or a related field, and proven track record in cryogenic electron microscopy.
  •  Fundamental understanding of electron optics in cryogenic electron microscopy and the algorithms for image processing.
  • Demonstrated expertise in computational methods for image analysis and sample preparation methods for cryogenic electron microscopy.
  • Strong publication record in relevant areas.
  • A broad understanding of materials science.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to mentor early career researchers.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in working effectively in a multidisciplinary scientific research community and collaborating with a variety of researchers in different fields with diverse scientific background
  • Experience with data collection and image processing in electron crystallography, single particles analysis, and tomography.
  • Experience with development of new image processing algorithms.
  • Experience with the operation of state-of-the-art cryogenic electron microscopes and sample preparation techniques such as cryogenic microtomy and cryogenic focused ion beam milling.

Notes:

  • This is a full time one year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • 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.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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