Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Staff Scientist - 89275

Berkeley Lab

Berkeley, CA, United States

Staff Scientist – 89275
Organization: MF-Molecular Foundry

Berkeley Lab’s, Inorganic Nanostructures Facility ( at the Molecular Foundry ( is seeking a Staff Scientist. In this position you will lead a vigorous and innovative internal research program to advance the basic science of inorganic nanomaterials that will attract a robust user community. You will also devote equal effort to collaborating on research projects brought to the Molecular Foundry by its users and approved by an external peer-review panel as having substantial scientific merit and impact on the field.

The Molecular Foundry provides research resources in the form of scientific tools and collaborative expertise, and is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is critical to our mission that all members of our community support a culture in which ideas can be shared freely and where everyone feels welcomed and valued. An ongoing commitment to recruiting a vibrant, diverse, and talented workforce is paramount to promoting a diverse lab community.

The successful candidate is expected to recruit and serve a diverse pool of users and uphold Foundry goals in terms of stated safety ( and diversity, equity & inclusion ( missions in addition to the scientific mission as articulated in our strategic plan ( We also expect that the successful candidate will be highly collaborative, and pursue and engage in group projects amongst scientists at the Molecular Foundry and Berkeley Labs more broadly.

This position will be filled at the Staff Scientist Career-Track or career level contingent upon level of experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. Early career scientists are encouraged to apply.

What You Will Do:
• Synthesis of novel inorganic nanostructures; encompassing of, but not limited to: nanoparticles, 2D materials, heterogeneous multi-materials, new materials for beyond Moore’s Law microelectronics or QIS, advanced catalysts, rational designed metastable phases, self-assembled hierarchical matter, etc.
• Materials characterization of synthesized products via techniques such as optical spectroscopy, electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, light scattering, and vibrational spectroscopy as appropriate.
• Characterization of functional properties of nanostructures, for example, photonic, electronic, catalytic, electrochemical, thermal, or other dynamic or transport properties.
• Develop a world-class, unique user program within the Inorganic Nanostructures facility. This user program should offer capabilities that attract a robust population of visiting scientists (users) and should align with the Foundry strategic plan (posted earlier).
• Publish high-impact science based on both internal and User research, and present results to the scientific community while developing a strong scientific research program.
• Demonstrate leadership (or potential for) in research development (can be management, idea generation, or hardware, instrument, and methodology development).
• Foster positive and productive scientific collaborations with a diverse set of Users.
• Mentor undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and visiting scholars – including sustained support for Users after completion of on-site work.
• Communicate effectively with staff to coordinate research and logistics of science and operations.
• Establish effective collaborations within the Molecular Foundry and LBNL on group or team-projects.
• Compete for additional funding (internal and external) to strengthen research efforts.
• Uphold Molecular Foundry and LBNL expectations in relation to DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion).
• Uphold Molecular Foundry and LBNL expectations in relation to safety.

What is Required:
• Ph.D. and/or equivalent experience in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or a related research field with 5 years of combined academic experience.
• Strong record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publication in peer-reviewed journals.
• Ability to lead creative, independent research, and to develop new directions, methods, instruments and processes related to nanoscience.
• Experience with materials characterization of inorganic nanostructures, including relevant imaging, spectroscopy, and diffraction tools (crystalline or amorphous).
• Experience in the synthesis of, and integration of inorganic nanostructures into composite, heterostructured, or assembled materials structures.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with scientific, technical, and administrative staff and a diverse user group.
• Strong and effective verbal and written communication skills necessary for presenting, and publishing the results of research projects.
• A commitment to understanding and working to advance the DEI mission of the Molecular Foundry and Berkeley Lab.

To be fully considered please provide the following materials in your application:
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement of Research – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to the scientific mission of the Molecular Foundry, as articulated in our strategic plan (, 3 page limit)
Statement of User Support – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to the institutional mission of the Molecular Foundry as a U.S. Department of Energy User Facility. (1 page limit)
Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with the DEI missions of the Molecular Foundry (, 1 page limit)

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on February 3, 2020.

• This is a full time position exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay. Employee will be placed at the appropriate career-track (.3) or career (.4) level commensurate with their experience.
• 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.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Learn About Us:
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.

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