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Scientific Instrumentation Technical Lead - 101481

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California, US
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19 Jun 2024

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Scientific Instrumentation Technical Lead - 101481

Division: AL-Advanced Light Source

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Advanced Light Source (ALS) Division has an opening for a Scientific Instrumentation Technical Lead to be responsible for spearheading large-scale projects, particularly Major Item of Equipment (MIE) projects. The Technical Lead is a key member of a newly formed Project Delivery Team (PDT) which will bring resources together from science, engineering, and project control groups to form an efficient project delivery organization. As a key member of the team, the Technical Lead will manage the scientific specifications and technical scope of new, world class beamlines and endstations, which will benefit from the 100-times increased brightness of the upgraded ALS. The diffraction-limited performance of these new tools opens the door to completely new measurement modalities, and is expected to have a deep and lasting impact on synchrotron science and the research of the ALS user community. The Technical Lead will be embedded in a bigger ecosystem of  ALS instrumentation scientists who develop innovative experimental tools and conduct world-class research. As a career staff scientist, the Technical Lead will work closely with scientists from the ALS Photon Science group and contribute to the international community of synchrotron scientists through publications and presentations. 

The Advanced Light Source is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national scientific user facility whose excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft x-ray, hard X-ray, and infrared regimes attract nearly 1,700 academic and industrial users each year in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. It is one of five Berkeley Lab user facilities that serve a combined 11,000 users annually. The co-location of these user facilities – including the Molecular Foundry Nanoscale Science Research Center and the NERSC scientific computing center, as well as Berkeley Lab’s outstanding programs in materials and chemical sciences, among others – offers a prime environment for collaborative science. The ALS has been a global leader in soft X-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undergoing a large-scale upgrade (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art X-ray capabilities. It’s an exciting time to join our growing team!

What You Will Do:

  • Provide technical leadership for large-scale projects including “Major Item of Equipment (MIE)” projects by leading the scientific-specification-driven development of instrumentation solutions and beamline and endstation technical designs. Oversee the technical execution of these projects within established scope and baseline performance;
  • Together with the PDT lead engineer, oversee project teams executing projects. Act as the work lead of technical, engineering, and scientific staff matrixed to the project office;
  • Partner with other PDT leadership to serve as a technical liaison/spokesperson for large-scale projects. Represent the ALS and the LBNL to stakeholders, major partners, DOE, external agencies, industrial contacts, national laboratories and other organizations, as required;
  • Partner and collaborate with other Divisions and Organizations within LBNL whenever appropriate to further the execution and success of projects;
  • Practice Integrated Safety Management (ISM) in all aspects of your work, and work under the controls, and authorizations of all Work Planning & Control Activities to which you are assigned;
  • Serve the broader scientific community. This could be as an expert resource, through committees, reviews, working groups, advisory committees, as an organizer at conferences or workshops, or chapters of scientific societies;
  • Document and communicate your work, including publishing results in peer reviewed scientific and technical journals, and presenting findings at workshops and conferences.

What is Required:

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience beyond the highest customary degree for the candidate’s discipline;
  • Recognized for leadership, vision, innovation, and sound scientific judgment in developing scientific instrumentation and their delivery;
  • Broad knowledge of synchrotron science;
  • Substantial experience and expertise using synchrotron x-rays in research and/or developing synchrotron instrumentation;
  • Substantial leadership experience and demonstrated ability to build, mentor, and motivate a diverse team of technical professionals.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of technical project management and execution;
  • Experience with DOE Order 413.3b or comparable projects.

Required Application Materials:

  • • Curriculum Vitae;
  • • Publication list;
  • • Statement of research experience and interests.


  • For full consideration, please apply by May 23, 2024;
  • This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay;
  • This position is expected to pay $124,152 - $198,660, which fits within the full salary range of $124,152 - $297,960 for the S13.4 job code. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, and aligned with the internal peer group;
  • 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.

Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab (LBNL, addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 16 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The core values of the ALS reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who will support a culture in which each member of the community feels welcomed and valued. An ongoing commitment to recruiting and retaining a vibrant, diverse, and talented workforce is paramount to promoting a strong and successful lab community. For more information refer to the LBNL core values (,openness%2C%20reliability%2C%20and%20accountability) and the ALS mission statement and core values (

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab - Click Here (

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.

Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:

Know your rights, click here ( for the supplement: Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision ( under 41 CFR 60-1.4.


From the infinite scale of the universe to the infinitesimal scale of subatomic particles, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Berkeley Lab – are advancing the scope of human knowledge and seeking science solutions to some of the greatest problems facing humankind

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