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Nano-Chemistry Postdoctoral Scholar

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Postdoctoral Fellow
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Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division has an opening for a Nano-Chemistry Postdoctoral Scholar. The Materials Sciences Division leads a multi-PI program in structured liquids, a novel class of responsive and reconfigurable soft matter with the potential to advance next-generation energy technologies. Discrete, (bi)continuous, and 3-D printed architectures have been demonstrated, and are now being applied as media for catalysis, energy storage, and chemical separations.

The incumbent will lead the synthetic development of all components needed to structure, perturb, reconfigure all-liquid systems on demand. Components include organic small molecules, colloidal nanomaterials (i.e., inorganic and organic), as well as polymer surfactants. You will also lead the development of functional systems from these components with the ultimate goal of controllably directing chemical or energy conversion to produce useful work. These activities will be coordinated with and supervised by the Helms group.


What You Will Do:

  • Provide technical leadership in organic, polymeric, and nanocrystal materials design and synthesis relevant structuring liquids.

  • Develop dynamic, functional systems from nanoscale building blocks to direct matter and energy transformations in complex fluids and across liquid-liquid interfaces.

  • Collaborate with MSD PIs and program Postdocs to understand in depth the fundamental principles underpinning the reconfigurability of structured liquids, in and out of equilibrium.

  • Play a key role in maintaining a robust and inclusive safety culture.

  • Publish in peer reviewed journals; contribute to scientific research papers, reports, review articles; present oral reports.

What Is Required:

  • Ph.D. in organic chemistry, nano-chemistry, physical chemistry, or polymer chemistry.

  • Extensive experience in synthetic chemistry of colloidal nanomaterials.

  • Demonstrated knowledge or expertise in characterization methods of nanoscale materials.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and perform collaborative research and effectively interact with a broad range of colleagues.

  • Demonstrated ability to accurately and eloquently represent and promote scientific projects to audiences of diverse technical backgrounds.

  • Strong publication record in top-rated scientific journals, with extensive experience in the preparation and handling of scientific manuscripts, reports and research posters.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to guide and train junior researchers.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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


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."


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