Experimental postdoctoral position at Berkeley Lab

Experimental physical chemistry postdoctoral position available at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

A Postdoctoral position with Musahid Ahmed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA is available to develop experimental techniques to explore phase changes, growth processes, and solvation in complex chemical systems of relevance to decarbonization and energy science. The instrumentation is based around coupling X-Ray and vibrational spectroscopy to novel microfluidic devices and aerosol beams. Recent topics include probing hydrogen bond networks in aqueous aerosols (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c01383), self-assembly processes (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c02593) and phase changes in plastic crystals (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrp.2022.100988). On-going effort will be to probe nucleation, growth and chemical networks in deep eutectic solvents, metal organic frameworks and amphiphilic systems. An ultrafast tunable (UV to FIR) laser system has recently been added to the experimental suite to perform spectroscopy at interfaces, in confined spaces and on aerosols.

Qualified candidates will hold a recent (or in the process of obtaining) PhD in Chemistry, Physics, or a related field and will have a strong experimental and instrumental background. Experience with but not limited to building instrumentation related to X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, ion/electron imaging, coupling of microfluidic devices, lasers and synchrotron radiation to analytical instruments, are a prerequisite for consideration as is the ability to interpret and analyze complicated data.  Knowledge of electronic structure methods, Labview, and CAD design software would be very valuable.  The position is available immediately, with funding renewable annually, depending on performance, for up to three years.

Interested candidates should submit their CV, names of potential referees, and a cover letter addressing their research background and interests to:

Musahid Ahmed (mahmed at lbl.gov)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA-94720, USA.

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