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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL or LBL), commonly referred to as Berkeley Lab, is a United States national laboratory located in the Berkeley Hills near Berkeley, California that conducts scientific research on behalf of the United States Department of Energy (DOE). It is managed and operated by the University of California, The laboratory overlooks University of California, Berkeleys main campus. The laboratory was founded in August 26, 1931 by Ernest Lawrence as the Radiation Laboratory of the University of California, associated with the Physics Department. It centered physics research around his new instrument, the cyclotron, a type of particle accelerator for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1939. Throughout the 1930s, Lawrence pushed to create larger and larger machines for physics research, courting private philanthropists for funding. After the laboratory was scooped on a number of fundamental discoveries that they felt they ought to have made, the "cyclotroneers" began to collaborate more closely with the departments theoretical physicists, led by Robert Oppenheimer. The lab moved to its site atop the hill above campus in 1940 as its machines, specifically the 184-inch (4.67 m) cyclotron, became too large for the university grounds. Lawrence courted government as his sponsor in the early years of the Manhattan Project, the American effort to produce the first atomic bomb during World War II, and along with Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins (which helped develop the proximity fuse), and the MIT Radiation Laboratory (which helped to develop radar) ushered in the era of "Big Science". Lawrences lab helped contribute to what has been judged to be the three most valuable technology developments of the war (the atomic bomb, proximity fuse, and radar). Using the newly created 184-inch cyclotron as a mass spectrometer, Lawrence and his colleagues developed the principle behind the electromagnetic enrichment of uranium, which was put to use in the calutrons (named after the university) at the massive Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The cyclotron was finished in November 1946; the Manhattan Project shut down two months later.

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Founded: 1989
98 jobs at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Computational Research Scientist

Conduct research, develop and deploy new generation modeling tools for building and district energy...

Posted 16 days ago

  •   8 - 10 years exp.  •  Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

X - Ray Optics Staff Scientist

Design of x-ray optical systems for the ALS program, including theoretical analysis, simulation, and...

Posted 16 days ago

  •   11 - 15 years exp.  •  Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

X - Ray Optics Research Scientist

Develop comprehensive documentation for user groups to maximize efficient use of the experimental st...

Posted 16 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Scientist

Participate in professional society activities, as appropriate. Contribute to the effort to broaden...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Power Systems Project Scientist

Conduct research on the value and costs of a variety of power system technologies, including variabl...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Project Scientist

Direct or formally supervise the work of support staff related to the research. This includes super...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Porous-Media Physicist ( Energy Geosciences )

Emerge as a leader of a group that studies porous-media response in the Earth sciences using all of...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Computational Biologist Research Scientist

Perform advanced molecular biology protocols (e.g. construct design, gene knockout, cloning and expr...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Synchrotron Surface and Interfacial Research / Staff Scientist

Work collaboratively with members of CSD's CPIMS program to conduct and publish original research ai...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Synchrotron Surface and Interfacial Research / Staff Scientist

Provide scientific and technical expertise for state-of-the-art synchrotron ambient pressure X-ray p...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Thermal Science Materials Research Scientist

The measurement should be immune to noise and thermal signals generated by the operation of the bat...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Physicist Senior Staff Scientist

Lead major research elements of the US MDP, and participate in the development of BCMT - and broader...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Physicist Senior Staff Scientist

Lead major research elements of the US MDP, and participate in the development of BCMT - and broader...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Biologist Project Scientist

Provide intellectual and technological leadership to facilitate collaborative strain engineering use...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Biochemist Project Scientist

Assist the beamline manager and head of the BCSB in grant writing. Assist the BCSB software develope...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Less than 5 years exp.  •  Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Geophysical Research or Staff Scientist ( Energy Geosciences )

Supervise, direct, and lead internal LBNL staff, and technical subcontractors, on projects related t...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   5 - 7 years exp.  •  Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Postdoctoral Scholar ( Energy Storage & Distributed Resources )

Work to propose and optimize thermoelectric materials with a team of experimentalists who will synth...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Chemist Postdoctoral Scholar

Publish research findings in high-impact peer reviewed technical journals and conferences; and stay...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Computational Biologist Postdoc Scholar

Develop automated experiments in collaboration with automation engineers to gather data for predicti...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Computational Plasma Accelerator Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow

Work in a multidisciplinary team environment including physicist, mathematicians and computer/comput...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Postdoctoral Scholar

Conduct hydrogen-producing fermentation using established strains, and work to improve conversion ef...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Postdoctoral Scholar ( Electrolyte for Silicon Electrodes )

Design and synthesize of functional organics possess the required properties to be used for electrol...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Postdoctoral Scholar

Provide expertise in one or more of the following research areas: 3D nanofabrication, integrated dir...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Postdoctoral Fellow

Maintain organized and well-documented laboratory notebook.Responsible and accountable for proper co...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Postdoctoral Scholar ( Indoor Environment Group )

Participate in professional scientific activities, e.g., reviews of papers, research proposals, etc...

Posted 17 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services