Job:Nanofabrication Facility Staff Scientist
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Nanofabrication Facility Staff Scientist - 95091 Division: MF-Molecular Foundry

The Molecular Foundry ( at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL, has an opening for a Staff Scientist in the Nanofabrication Facility (,light%20on%20ultrafast%20time%20scales). We are broadly searching for candidates at every level of experience ranging from early-career (career track) to senior (Facility director) through this single hiring process. This is an opportunity to join a vibrant research community dedicated to doing excellent science in a supportive, inclusive environment.

The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) is a national user center for nanoscale science -- one of five Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Centers. A multidisciplinary research center at the forefront of nanoscale science, the Molecular Foundry is a knowledge-based user facility that provides state-of-the-art expertise and instrumentation to a diverse, international community, drawing users from academia, national labs and industry. Here, you will be able to establish a leading research program taking advantage of our collaborative, interdisciplinary center.

What You Will Do: • Design and lead a robust individual research program related to the Molecular Foundry’s research themes (for details:, complementing current capabilities and expertise in the Nanofabrication Facility. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to: 3D nanofabrication, integrated directed self-assembly, advanced pattern transfer, scanning probe lithography, and new patternable materials. Applications of interest include, but are not limited to: optoelectronics, next generation resist development, nanoelectronics, quantum computing, quantum materials, quantum sensing, energy harvesting and storage, and bio-inspired fabrication. • Develop a thriving multidisciplinary user program, drawing from industry, academia, and national labs, through the development of unique expertise and capabilities. • Collaborate with other Foundry scientific staff members to provide scientific support for users and create and participate in collaborative research efforts beyond the single laboratory effort. • Prepare scientific data for publication in refereed journals; and present findings at seminars and conferences. • Provide users with support through your own efforts, hands-on and with your expert knowledge, in the area of nanofabrication. • Supervise, mentor, and coach scientific and technical staff as appropriate. • Provide technical direction to graduate students, postdocs, and research associates as appropriate, and assist in the management of research projects. • Maintain a safe working environment and demonstrate respect for environmental protection, health and safety, and help instill those aspects in all staff and users of the Nanofabrication Facility. • Maintain and develop a diverse and inclusive working environment using and building upon existing programs within the Molecular Foundry and Berkeley Lab. • Share in user-related operations, maintenance/administration, and development responsibilities within the Nanofabrication Facility.

Possibility of Senior Role (Nanofabrication Facility Director) This position may include opportunity for leadership and operational oversight duties of the facility and staff contingent upon the level of relative skills, knowledge, and experience of the candidate. In your cover letter please express interest in consideration for the facility director role. The leadership responsibilities of the “Facility Director” will be in addition to that of the Staff Scientist described above and include:

Responsibilities for the overall leadership and operations of the facility, including: long-term development of the user program, developing and maintaining unique capabilities, budgeting, arranging for space, hiring and developing staff, supervising direct reports (including scientific and technical staff), setting expectations and conducting performance appraisals, coordinating with other Facility Directors and the Foundry directorate on behalf of the Facility, coordinating the Facility's user program, and all other regular duties of the Facility Director. The Facility Director will be empowered to make managerial and operational decisions on behalf of the Nanofabrication Facility, and is expected to develop and maintain an internationally recognized research program.

Responsibilities of Senior Role: • Articulate and implement a vision to guide the scientific direction, structure, organization, management and operation of internal research and user-support activities of the Nanofabrication Facility at the Molecular Foundry. • Ensure that sufficient resources are available to support a strong user program and the internal research mission. • Attract, retain and supervise high caliber talent and provide leadership to foster staff career growth, development and advancement. • Develop and maintain EHS policies and procedures and ensure proper training for the staff and users. • Responsible for scheduling and assignment of user projects among the staff, as well as guiding proposal reviews in determining feasibility and quality. • Responsible for communicating, maintaining and overseeing operational objectives, policies, procedures, plans, evaluation criteria and programs that are in concert with the Molecular Foundry mission and the institutional goals of the Laboratory. • Develop annual budgets and spending plans for the facility. Prepare written reports as well as oral presentations to DOE and Laboratory management.

What is Required: • Ph.D. in relevant discipline or equivalent work experience in any of or a combination of these disciplines. • At least 5 years of professional research experience and an established track record working in nanoscience at academic, industrial or other research institutions. • Excellent oral and written communications skills, open-mindedness, and the desire and ability to collaborate with multiple research groups across disciplines. • Productivity in areas related to nanoscale materials research, demonstrated by (for example) publications, talks at national and international meetings, and patents. • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research in a diverse, collaborative environment. • Knowledge and experience of safety practices and safety culture in a lab setting.

Desired Qualifications: • Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, or another discipline relevant to nanofabrication, nanotechnology and nanoscience. • Extensive experience performing and leading research, and an established track record working in nanoscience at academic, industrial or other research institutions. • Productivity in areas related to nanoscale materials research, demonstrated by (for example) high impact publications, invited talks at national and international meetings, and patents. • Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively with others towards broader shared goals, using clear judgment. • Proven ability to communicate effectively and articulate a compelling scientific vision across all stakeholder groups. • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience managing the scientific, managerial and operational components of a complex, internationally recognized scientific enterprise.

Required Application Materials: • Curriculum Vitae. • Statement of research experience and interests. (3 page limit) • Statement of User Support - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to the institutional mission of the Molecular Foundry as U.S. Department of Energy User Facilities (1 page limit)

Notes: • This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. Employee will be placed at the appropriate career-track (.3) or career (.4) level commensurate with their experience. • The career-track position is a full time (5 year) term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs. • 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.

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