X-ray Scattering and Imaging of Quantum Material Postdoc

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Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source Division has an opening for a X-ray Scattering and Imaging of Quantum Material Postdoc Postdoc.

The ALS is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national scientific user facility whose excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft x-ray, hard x-ray, and infrared regimes attract more than 2,000 academic and industrial users each year in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. It is one of five Berkeley Lab user facilities that serve a combined 11,000 users annually. The co-location of these user facilities - including the Molecular Foundry Nanoscale Science Research Center and the NERSC scientific computing center, as well as Berkeley Lab's outstanding programs in materials and chemical sciences among others - offers a prime environment for collaborative science. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undertaking a new project (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It's an exciting time to join our growing team!

What You Will Do:

The Advanced Light Source Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to immediately fill a position. The candidate will be responsible for studying spin-photon interaction with vortex photon beams. The new postdoctoral fellow will join a small world-class team conducting coherent X-ray science on quantum materials using soft X-ray based spectroscopy and scattering techniques.

  • Perform X-ray absorption and scattering measurements on multiferroics and skyrmion systems.
  • Study the effect of X-ray vortex beams on the absorption and scattering properties of quantum material.
  • Develop zone plate based experimental methods to study interaction of soft X-ray vortex beams (coherent x-ray beam with orbital angular momentum through tailored phase structure) with the electronic and magnetic degrees of freedom in a quantum material.
  • Develop toolkits using Python or Matlab to analyze experimental data.
  • Collaborate with other research teams and scientists.
  • Publish work in peer-reviewed scientific literature.
  • Present work at national meetings and at regular group meetings.
  • Contribute positively to the active research culture.
  • Work in a safe and healthy manner consistent with EH&S guidelines. Respect diversity.
  • Inclusive in interactions with others.

What is Required:

  • PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or Optics, or equivalent.
  • Experience writing codes to reduce and analyze scattering data.
  • Experience performing independent hands-on work in an experimental endstation.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in optics, laser spectroscopy
  • Experience in Ptychography or zone plate based imaging.
  • X-ray zone-plate fabrication.
  • Knowledge of resonant scattering methods.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on December 22nd, 2020.


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.

Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

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

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.

Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Learn About Us:

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's 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 Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's 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."

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

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