Gas-Phase Ion Chemistry Postdoctoral Researcher (Chemical Sciences)

Berkeley Lab
Berkeley, California
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral
Jul 19, 2017
Aug 18, 2017
Field of specialization
Analytical, Energy, Inorganic, Materials, Physical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Gas-Phase Ion Chemistry Postdoctoral Researcher (Chemical Sciences) - 83912
Organization: CH-Chemical Sciences

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Position Summary:
Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division has an opening for a Gas-Phase Ion Chemistry Postdoctoral Researcher. The primary purpose of the position is to perform gas-phase ion chemistry experiments of actinide and lanthanide elements in the Heavy Element Chemistry Group. The Postdoc Fellow will apply new research opportunities for the elucidation of fundamental aspects of bonding of coordinating ligands to actinide and lanthanide metal ions, with an overarching goal of achieving enhanced separations selectivity by rational ligand design. An emphasis is on more efficiently separating lanthanides from minor actinides such as americium and curium. The research project employs electrospray ionization to produce gas-phase coordination complexes, the properties of which are studied by quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometry using collision induced dissociation, ion-molecule reactions, and infrared multiphoton dissociation spectroscopy. Model and actual separations ligands are obtained in collaborations with synthetic chemists. Complementary theory collaborations elucidate the experimental results. The collaborative and synergistic research approach provides insights into separations processes at a molecular level.

What You Will Do:
• Perform gas-phase metal ion chemistry experiments.
• Employ electrospray ionization mass spectrometry to study solution speciation for separations.
• Develop and deploy new research ideas and approaches in gas-phase actinide/lanthanide chemistry.
• Prepare manuscripts reporting experimental results.
• Present research results at LBNL and external meetings and conferences.
• Perform routine maintenance of quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer.
• Handle radioactive materials.
• Collaborate with diverse members of the LBNL heavy element chemistry group and the CAST DOE EFRC.
• Perform all work with utmost attention to safety.

What Is Required:
• Ph.D. in inorganic, physical or analytical chemistry.
• Expertise in studying metal ions in solutions, or in gas-phase ion chemistry or spectroscopy.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an effective manner.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.

Additional Desired Qualifications:
• Experience in electrospray ionization and/or ion trap mass spectrometry.
• Experience handling radioactive materials.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on August 13, 2017.

• This is a full time, 2 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 3 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
• 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.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

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