Senior Scientific Engineering Associate

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California
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May 20, 2022

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Senior Scientific Engineering Associate - 95042

Organization:  MF-Molecular Foundry


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Molecular Foundry Division has an opening for a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate. The Molecular Foundry is a Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to cutting-edge expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. As one of the seven facilities in the Molecular Foundry, the Organic and Macromolecular Synthesis Facility serves a broad user community in materials science by supporting the design and synthesis of organic and hybrid materials and providing training and assistance on a matrix of interdisciplinary instrumentation.


Diversity, equity and inclusion are keystones of the Molecular Foundry’s operational underpinnings, and your unique perspective and experience will broaden and deepen our community both scientifically and individually. At the Molecular Foundry, we value a welcoming, collaborative, and dynamic work environment, embracing the diversity of thought, expertise, and experience that our staff and users contribute. These elements are critical to the success of our scientific mission and the continued growth of our collaborative user ecosystem.


What You Will Do:

• Provide multifunctional technical expertise to resolve a diverse range of complex technical problems in Organic and Macromolecular Nanostructures Synthesis and Characterization facility. 

• Oversee laboratory safety and help build and maintain a safe and inclusive working environment for everyone. 

• Schedule, coordinate and direct technical support as needed, including equipment installation, regular maintenance, service contracts etc.  

• Recommend safety protocols for instrument use (standard operating procedures). Train and assist users in the proper and safe use of facility equipment, including but not limited to organic electronic glove boxes and lithium glove boxes, photovoltaic fabrication and testing equipment, probe station, UV-vis, fluorimeter, spectroelectrochemistry, optical microscope, etc. 

• Create and maintain Work Planning and Control (WPC) documentation for tasks/instrumentation that requires specific engineering or administrative controls.

• Coordinate integrated safety management (ISM) at the lab whenever work exceeds proposed scope (e.g., scale up or the introduction of more hazardous chemicals).  

• Ensure efficient use of Facilities by coordinating scheduling with users and Foundry staff. 

• Maintain chemical storages/inventory to support the synthesis efforts.

• Maintain detailed and accurate laboratory/experimental logs, notebooks and computer databases including all user-assisted operations.  

• Apply a broad range of technical concepts to help advance research in the field of energy materials and devices. Examples include but are not limited to the processing, engineering and characterization of materials for photovoltaics, transistors, light emitting diodes, batteries, etc.

• Participate in analysis of experimental results and in experimental design, and use independent judgment to provide resolution for a diverse range of complex technical problems.

• Provide input for the selection, maintenance and upgrade of scientific instruments, hardware and software. 

• Serve as backup equipment managers to cross-train users on different instruments to support a broader range of activities as necessary.

• Help promote results discovered in the Facility via presenting results of independent or team-generated research at conferences and in publications in scientific journals. 

• Take a leading role in Safety at the Organic Facility, the Molecular Foundry Division, and the Lab. 


What is Required:

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent knowledge, M.S. or Ph.D. preferred, in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, materials science or related fields.

• Minimum of 3 years of related work and/or educational experience.

• Experience in soft condensed matter device chemistry and physics.

• Must be able to work independently, be innovative, and design, guide and support users’ experiments from initiation to meaningful conclusion in collaboration with a team of engineers, scientists, technical support staff, postdocs, and students.

• Demonstrated experience with instruments for characterization of electronic, thermal, and photophysical properties of various materials. 

• Proficient in device fabrication and testing of organic materials and organic/inorganic hybrids, including but not limited to thin film deposition techniques such as solution casting and thermal evaporation, (opto)electronic and electrochemical characterizations.

• Experience in analyzing technical problems and troubleshooting technical equipment. 

• Excellent research laboratory managerial, organization, and multi-tasking skills.

• Experience in ensuring safety in a diverse work environment. Experience with safe chemical handling, storage and disposal. 

• Demonstrated safety awareness with a strong understanding of positive safety culture. 

• Ability to work in a diverse team and interact effectively with colleagues across the Molecular Foundry.

• Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills. 

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Desired Qualifications:

• Research and/or user facility experience. 


This position will remain open until filled.



• This is a full-time, career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• 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.


Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit ( for more information.


Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA, and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.


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