Postdoctoral Scholarship Available at UC Berkeley - NMR Facility

The College of Chemistry’s NMR Facility at the University of California, Berkeley is looking for a highly qualified postdoctoral scholar to assist with solid-state NMR applications as well as general facility maintenance. The position is for one year (12 months) with the possibility of renewal up to an additional four years, and the financial support does not depend on grant funding. The scholarship will take place in the College of Chemistry’s rich and diverse research environment with a unique opportunity to collaborate in cutting edge science with UC-Berkeley faculty as well as to gain valuable experience in management of an open-access analytical laboratory. 

 

The NMR Facility at the College of Chemistry is a 24/7 research facility with seven NMR instruments for the use of faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and some well-supervised undergraduate researchers. The postdoctoral scholar will provide technical support for solid-state NMR, will assist with the effective operation of the facility, including maintenance of instruments and computers, and will provide instruction and training to new users of the instruments. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to publish results from collaborations with College of Chemistry faculty and to participate in grant applications for funding new instruments.

 

Responsibilities

The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for:

1. Providing NMR services to campus and outside entities as requested. This will include routine solid-state NMR consultation and sample services for principle investigators and data analysis and interpretation for facility users.

2. Assisting with general facility maintenance, including cryogen fills (helium and nitrogen), and maintenance of facility computers and websites. The scholar will ensure that the magnets’ liquid nitrogen and liquid helium fills are performed in a safe and timely manner.

3. Providing NMR training to new students and postdoctoral researchers, taking into consideration their varying needs and diverse research efforts, and evaluating users’ capability to use the instruments. He/she will also contribute to maintaining written tutorials and guides for students, postdocs and faculty. 

4. Performing minor repairs to the NMR instruments, and helping to troubleshoot common instrument problems. He/she is expected to come in on some nights and weekends for troubleshooting and repair as needed. The scholar will also coordinate efforts with individuals or vendors to arrange for repairs to equipment if such repairs cannot be accomplished in-house. A concurrent responsibility is the ordering of appropriate electronic, computer, and consumable products.

Required Qualifications

1. Ph.D. degree in the physical sciences, engineering, or equivalent experience;

2. Proficiency in operating Bruker NMR instruments;

3. Proficiency in solid-state NMR;

4. Excellent problem solving skills;

5. Excellent computer skills;

6. Excellent written and oral communication skills;

7. It is desirable for the candidate to have proficiency with:

a. Liquid-state NMR;

b. UNIX operating systems, including basic system administration;

c. HTML or website maintenance in general.

Salary & Benefits

Salary range for post-doctoral scholars at UC Berkeley starts at $48,216 and is commensurate with experience. The university offers excellent health insurance and benefits. Detailed information for salary and benefits can be found at http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/compensation/salary-scale-revisions.html and http://vspa.berkeley.edu/postdoc-health-insurance-and-benefits, respectively.

Start Date

July 1, 2017 or as soon as possible after July 1, 2017.

Applications

Candidates interested in the position should send a CV, cover letter, and two references to the facility director: Dr. Hasan Celik (hcelik@berkeley.edu)