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Heavy Element Postdoctoral Fellow

Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division (NS) has an opening for a Heavy Elements Postdoctoral Fellow to join their Heavy Element Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group.
In this role, you will conduct research exploring the chemical properties of the heaviest elements.  Working on a unique interdisciplinary project, you will perform gas-phase chemistry on isotopes of heavy elements in one-atom-at-a-time reactions. Atoms of heavy elements will be produced in nuclear reactions and measurements will be performed utilizing the BGS and FIONA experimental setups at the 88-inch cyclotron.
What You Will Do:
  • Perform measurements of gas-phase heavy element chemistry reactions utilizing the BGS and FIONA setup at the 88-inch cyclotron facility.
  • Develop data analysis tools and algorithms.
  • Perform analysis of experimental data from heavy element experiments.
  • Work with different detector types such as silicon and germanium detectors.
  • Work with vacuum systems.
  • Participate in all BGS and FIONA heavy element experiments at the 88-Inch Cyclotron.

What Is Required:
  • Recent Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or a related discipline within the last 5 years.
  • Demonstrated experience with chemical reactions/heavy element chemistry and/or decay spectroscopy.
  • Demonstrated skills in computer programming for data acquisition and data analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform research individually and as part of a research group.
  • Relevant publication record and demonstration of proficient written and oral presentation of scientific results.
Requested Application Materials:
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Statement of research experience and interests (1 - 2 pages).
  • Reference Letters - Arrange to have 3 letters of reference sent to Dr. Jennifer Pore at
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on August 14, 2020.
  • This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 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 of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • 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.

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