- Job Title: Postdoc-Nanoscale Property Measurement
Req Number: 25465
Division: Materials Sciences
Department: Molecular Foundry
The Molecular Foundry at Berkeley Lab is a user facility for the design, synthesis and characterization of materials with nanometer dimensions. One of five such Nanoscale Science Research Centers recently established by the U.S. Department of Energy, its charter defines two primary missions: conducting outstanding research across the breadth of nanoscience and collaborating with scientists from around the world who visit to use its state-of-the-art instruments, techniques and expertise to further their own nanoscience research efforts. [See http://foundry.lbl.gov/]
The Molecular Foundry invites applications for a materials sciences postdoc in EUV resist development. Innovation in resist technologies provides the potential for significant increases in computing power and cost reduction. Working closely with staff in the Nanofabrication and Imaging and Manipulation Facilities of the Molecular Foundry in the Intel Advanced Photolithography Materials (MAP) group, the postdoc will have the opportunity to resolve the challenges that contribute to pattern collapse and limit resolution. The project will focus specifically on development and characterization of stiffer resist materials and chemical modifications to reduce surface tension. This work will contribute not only to applications in EUV resist but also to the crucial understanding of the mechanical properties of soft materials at the nanoscale.
• Apply/develop scanning probe techniques for nanoscale mechanical and surface properties measurements of resist and soft materials.
• Develop and characterize chemical surface modifications to modulate surface energy.
• Characterize swelling and solvent interactions of resist materials.
• Work collaboratively, reporting results internally to fellow researchers through weekly meetings and externally through conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
• Collect and analyze experimental data, prepare research publications, and communicate results at professional meetings.
• Implement alternative and creative solutions to meet project goals.
• Ph.D. within the last three years in physics, chemistry, materials science, or related field.
• Significant experience operating and developing scanned probe instrumentation.
• Demonstrated experience characterizing mechanical properties.
• Understanding of how intermolecular interactions influence solvation and surface energy.
• Knowledge of polymer chemistry and physics.
• Familiarity with nanofabrication, surface analytical techniques, and ellipsometry.
• Ability to communicate results effectively, both oral and written.
• Ability to work outside established field of expertise.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently.
NOTE: This is a one-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal up to two years based upon job performance, continuing availability of funds and on-going operational needs.
- To apply:
- Apply directly online and follow the online instructions to complete the application process. As part of the online application process, please submit a single attachment that includes your resume/CV and a cover letter describing your research background and interests.
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