Staff Scientist

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Oct 27, 2017
Nov 26, 2017
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Staff Scientist - 84192

Organization: MF-Molecular Foundry


Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry Division ( has an opening for a Staff Scientist.This is an opportunity to join a vibrant research community dedicated to doing excellent science in a supportive, inclusive environment. This position will be filled at the Staff Scientist Career or Career-Track level. 


What You Will Do:

• Design and lead a robust individual research program related to the Single Digit Nanaofabrication and Assembly program at Molecular Foundry (, complementing current capabilities and expertise in the Nanofabrication Facility. Research areas of interest include: 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: devices for optoelectronics, in situ analysis and manipulation devices, next generation resist development, nanoelectronics, quantum computing, energy harvesting and storage, and bio-engineering.

• Develop a thriving multidisciplinary user program through the development of unique expertise and capabilities.

• Collaborate with Foundry scientific staff members to provide scientific support for users and create and participate in collaborative research efforts beyond the single laboratory effort.

• Lead and carry out active, original research to advance the science of nanofabrication processes at single digit nanometer resolution.

• Prepare scientific data for publication in refereed journals; and present findings at seminars and conferences.

• Provide users with support through your own efforts in the area of nanofabrication, with particular emphasis on pattern transfer via dry etching through training of, or collaboration with, users in this area.

• Supervise, mentor, and coach scientific and technical staff as appropriate. 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.

• Share in user-related operations, maintenance/administration, and development responsibilities within the Nanofabrication Facility.


What is Required:

• Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, or another discipline relevant to nanofabrication, nanotechnology and nanoscience, or equivalent work experience in any of or a combination of these disciplines.

• Postdoctoral or individual research experience.

• Extensive 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 to collaborate with multiple research groups across disciplines.

• High level of international recognition in areas related to nanoscale materials research, as judged by publication list, highly cited papers, invited talks at national and international meetings, prizes, and awards.

• Demonstrated leadership of independent research and development work.

• Safety conscious with a good understanding of positive safety culture.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• User Facility experience and/or successful collaboration with diverse research groups across disciplines.

• Interact with a wide and diverse range of scientists from all over the world.

• Excellent interpersonal skills.

• Demonstrate leadership in safety culture.


Please submit the following with your application:

• CV

• Candidate's description of their plan for building a world class research program for Nanofabrication  and nanoscience at Molecular Foundry. Not to exceed two pages.

• Candidate's outline of their plan for fostering a thriving multidisciplinary User program. Not to exceed one page.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on November 23, 2017.



• This is a full time career or 1 year term career-track 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.

• Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.

• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• Salary is commensurate with experience.

• 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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