Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry Division has an opening for a Postdoc Fellow. This role includes the development of new electron sources for microscopy and spectroscopy applications. The project is a collaboration between the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) and Spark Thermionics, part of the founding cohort at Cyclotron Road, an entrepreneurial fellowship program at Berkeley Lab, in the framework of a DOE SBIR (Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research) Phase II grant. The goal is to build novel beam sources based on thermionic emission and to demonstrate their performance characteristics, including exceptionally small energy spread.
The Postdoc Fellow will join an interdisciplinary team of peers that includes colleagues with backgrounds in photocathodes, micro- and nanofabrication, surface science as well as electron microscopy and spectroscopy. You will take a key role in designing and measuring electron source prototypes, studying electron emission from various materials, 1D or 2D surface structures. Based on our extensive existing suite of instruments including a vacuum field emitter test and characterization setup and a SPLEEM (Spin-polarized Low Energy Electron Microscope) you will guide creation, adaptations and optimizations of tools to characterize source performance and properties.
What You Will Do:
Design prototype emission source assemblies that are potentially photo-induced and cryo-cooled.
Material research using the SPLEEM, in particular to determine work functions of selected surface materials.
Apply nano-tip etching fabrication methods.
Adapt and implement existing instruments and set up new electron optical components to test these beam sources.
Design and carry out experimental research to characterize source parameters such as energy spread and brightness.
In collaboration with other members of the team, carry out original research; prepare scientific data for publication in peer-reviewed journals; and present findings at seminars and conferences.
What is Required:
PhD in experimental physics, materials science and engineering, electrical engineering, or a related discipline.
Extensive experience in at least one of: electron optics, UHV setups and/or surface science.
Experience with programming languages (e.g. Python, Matlab, Labview) for data evaluation and instrument control is preferred.
Strong analytic, organizational, and communication skills.
Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team.
Demonstrated record of accomplishment in first-rate scientific journals.
Proven capacity to do innovative work, troubleshoot problems, and recommend actions.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Experience in developing strong working relationships and collaborating with diverse team members.
The posting shall remain open until filled.
This is a full-time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 2 year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates. 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.
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