2 Postdoc Positions in Ultrafast X-ray Studies of Molecular and Interfacial Dynamics at Berkeley Lab, USA

Two postdoctoral research assistant positions are available in our group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Our research focuses on studies of ultrafast dynamics in molecules, clusters, and interfacial systems by means of time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy and imaging techniques and ultrafast electron diffraction (UED). See http://ultrafast.lbl.gov/chemical-dynamics/publications/ for a list of recent publications.

Position 1: The primary focus of this position is the study of photo-induced interfacial energy- and charge-transfer dynamics by time-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Experiments are performed at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) and X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) light sources such as LCLS and FLASH [1-3].

Position 2: This position is associated with the study of ultrafast coupled electronic-structural dynamics in gas-phase molecules by means of high-order harmonics enabled femtosecond time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy [4,5] and Ultrafast Electron Diffraction (UED).

The successful candidates have either recently received or are about to acquire a Ph.D. in physics or chemistry and have extensive hands-on experience with laser- and/or X-ray facility based experiments using high-vacuum sample environments. Candidates are expected to independently conduct cutting-edge experiments, analyze results, derive theoretical interpretations, and draft manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. A high degree of independence must be complemented by the capability to thrive in a collaborative group environment. We encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers. The openings are for two year appointments with the possibility of extension, subject to performance and available funding. Applications including a CV and a statement of research interests should be emailed to ogessner@lbl.gov.

[1] Roth et al. Nat. Commun. 12, 1196 (2021), DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-21454-3.
[2] Borgwardt et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 11, 5476 (2020), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c00825.
[3] Brausse et al., Struct. Dyn. 8, 044301 (2021), DOI: 10.1063/4.0000099.
[4] Schnorr et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 10, 1382 (2019), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b00159.
[5] Toulson et al., Struct. Dyn. 6, 054304 (2019), DOI: 10.1063/1.5113798.