Earth and Planetary Sciences: Beamline Scientist University of California, Santa Cruz, Physical & Biological Sciences Division - Earth & Planetary Sciences United States

Earth and Planetary Sciences: Beamline Scientist (Open until filled, initial application deadline 11/7/18)


Job #JPF00658

  • Physical & Biological Sciences Division - Earth & Planetary Sciences



Open date: October 8th, 2018
Last review date: November 7th, 2018

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Earth and Planetary Sciences Department ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Beamline Scientist. The selected applicant will work under the direction of Professor Q. Williams under the aegis of the Consortium for Materials Science Research in the Earth Sciences (COMPRES: approved program at Beamline 12.2.2. We are interested in a synchrotron radiation experimental scientist to work in the area of X-ray diffraction under extreme conditions on the state-of-the-art, internationally-used Beamline 12.2.2, based at the Advanced Light Source (ALS), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL: ALS Beamline 12.2.2 is a well-equipped and burgeoning beamline that generates a micro x-ray beam that is deployed on diamond anvil cell (DAC) samples in both radial and axial geometries. Beamline 12.2.2 focuses on three areas of expertise, namely: X-ray powder diffraction through DACs with in-situ laser heating, high-pressure single-crystal X-ray diffraction on crystals in DACs, and in-situ/in-operando powder X-ray diffraction at high temperature and controlled atmosphere.


In conjunction with the LBNL research counterpart, the Beamline Scientist will be responsible for the development, scientific direction, and technical scope of the beamline, and will oversee the installation, operation, upgrades, and maintenance of beamline equipment in order to provide hundreds of COMPRES-affiliated users with a safe environment to conduct experiments. The position will require the incumbent to manage complex projects involving diverse populations of support personnel and vendors, keep organized and accurate records and documentation, employ excellent verbal and written communication skills, and collaborate effectively with the ALS staff scientist and engineer responsible for the beamline. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop a personal research program, potentially in collaboration with other ALS beamlines.


Applicants with any of the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply: high-pressure expertise, X-ray diffraction experience using diamond anvil cells, expertise in single-crystal diffraction, and/or experience with quantitative laser-heating within the diamond anvil cell.


Assistant Researcher – Associate Researcher


Starting at $72,800, commensurate with qualifications and experience.



  • A Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Physics, Chemistry, Energy Sciences, Electrical Engineering, or a related discipline at the time of application.
  • A minimum of four years' research experience (either during or after the doctorate degree) using synchrotron radiation based x-ray diffraction, including data reduction and analysis methods.
  • A demonstrated record of peer-reviewed, scientific publications on high-pressure research.


Negotiable, but as soon as possible after the initial review of applications.


Initial appointment will be full‐time for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.


Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.


Please refer to Position # JPF00658-19T in all correspondence.



  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae, including publications list (required)
  • Samples of authored, high-pressure publications (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted)


Reference Requirement
Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.


*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at


Full consideration will be given to applications completed by November 7, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.


Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.


UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.


If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.





Berkeley, CA



Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., including a publication list

  • Sample of authored, high-pressure publication (required 1 of 3)

  • Sample of authored, high-pressure publication (required 2 of 3)

  • Sample of authored, high-pressure publication (required 3 of 3)

  • Sample of authored, high-pressure publication (Optional)

  • Sample of authored, high-pressure publication (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required



  1. Create an ApplicantID

  2. Provide required information and documents

  3. If any, provide required reference information

If you apply for this position please say you saw it on Physicaloxy


All Jobs






Uni Anu

Uni Copenhagen

Uni Gothenburg

Uni Kuwait

Uni Laval

Uni Nus Singapore

Uni Seoul

Uni Simon Fraser

Uni Tcd

Uni Tokio

Uni Unsw