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Catalyst Systems Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Description

Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL) Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) has an exciting opportunity for an experimentally-focused Postdoctoral Fellow to join our team. Supported by a project funded by the Clean Energy Manufacturing (CEM) program under US DOE Basic Energy Sciences, we are focused on building a comprehensive experimental understanding of factors that control selectivity and efficiency of photo- and electrochemical catalyst networks. Additionally, we aim to develop new, bio-inspired, internal signaling pathways in artificial systems.

Join our team at LBNL and contribute to cutting-edge research in the field of clean energy manufacturing. Apply now and be part of our mission to advance scientific knowledge for a sustainable future.

What You Will Do:

  • Collaborate in designing, fabricating, and analyzing multisite catalytic systems.

  • Fabricate catalytic systems using lithographic techniques.

  • Apply thin film deposition and materials processing techniques, such as ALD, sputtering and e-beam evaporation, photolithography, furnace annealing, and RTA.

  • Develop means to assess activity and coordination between different sites.

  • Conduct analytical chemistry analysis, including gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and ICP-MS.

  • Perform spectromicroscopy analysis using micro-Raman and micro-photoluminescence.

  • Conduct functional analysis using scanning probe microscopies.

  • Perform structural and functional materials characterization, including SEM, XRD, XPS, XAS and XES, XRF, infrared spectroscopy, and AFM.

  • Carry out X-ray methods at synchrotron beamlines such as Advanced Light Source (ALS), Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), and LINAC Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

  • Attend and contribute to one-on-one and collective weekly meetings.

  • Write publications for peer-reviewed journals.

  • Present research findings at conferences, internal meetings, and workshops.

What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in physical chemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, materials science, materials engineering, or related experimental field or equivalent.

  • Experience with laboratory methods relevant to electrocatalysis and/or photoelectrocatalysis.

  • Expertise in the field of physical chemistry of biological and inorganic materials, with a focus on natural and artificial photosynthetic mechanisms.

  • Experience with nanofabrication.

  • Track record of writing papers supported by publication record.

  • Deep commitment to reproducible research and team-based efforts.

  • Strong emphasis on careful experimental measurements, data management, and safe laboratory operations as documented in LBNLs Integrated Safety Management (ISM) plan.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with enzymatic or bio-hybrid catalysis.

  • Proficiency in stochastic modeling techniques such as kinetic Monte Carlo.

  • Familiarity with automation of laboratory workflows.

  • Experience with synchrotron measurements.

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  • This is a full-time, 2 years, 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 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

  • The monthly salary range for this position is $5000.00 - $5,996.00. Postdoctoral positions are paid on a step schedule per union contract and salaries will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates. Each step represents one full year of completed post-Ph.D. postdoctoral and/or related research 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.

Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof that vaccination requirements have been met or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit covid.lbl.gov for more information.

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

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