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Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009


Qualified staff are encouraged to apply for the jobs below, or forward to others who might be interested. Go here to see a full listing of open positions.

Bioinformatics Systems Analyst 2/3 (Genomics) Configure and run informatics-based software tools and perform analysis of data related to plant genomic projects, with strong emphasis on characterizing genomic diversity.

Deputy Lab Director (Directorate) Work closely with Laboratory Director to develop the strategic vision of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and assist in all aspects of the specific implementation of this vision.

Electronics Radio Frequency Associate (Engineering) Design and provide maintenance on state-of-the-art high and low power accelerator RF devices and systems for the Advanced Light Source accelerator complex.

Program Manager 2/3
(Environmental Energy Technologies) Play a key role in software development, web-site operation, and new initiatives. Requires broad knowledge of software project planning, budgeting, scheduling, and personnel supervision.

Molecular Foundry Director
(Materials Sciences) Strategically guide the scientific direction, structure, organization, management and operation of internal research and user-support activities of the Foundry.

Web Services Engineer, Developer (NERSC)
Manage the software infrastructure needed to support the Computing Sciences websites, including NERSC, ESnet, Computational Research Division and other Computing Sciences websites hosted by Berkeley Lab.

Research: Advanced Superconducting Magnets Promise More Powerful Accelerators

Superconducting MagnetsOn Dec. 4, DOE’s multi-lab LHC Accelerator Research Program (LARP), in which Berkeley Lab is a major player, successfully demonstrated a quadrupole magnet built with advanced superconducting coils of niobium tin, strong enough to focus intense proton beams and designed to withstand extreme radiation and heat. Although the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has just started producing collisions, the new technology is needed for future upgrades that will increase collision rates 10-fold by the end of the next decade. Among many Berkeley Lab scientists, engineers, and technicians who helped build the new magnet, Accelerator and Fusion Research Division Director Steve Gourlay was one of the LARP program’s founders, and AFRD’s GianLuca Sabbi heads LARP’s Magnet Systems group. More>

Greening the Lab: Is That Desk Really Compostable?

deskTo make biscuits, one rolls the dough, cuts out the shapes, and then wads up the remaining dough to make more. Are these leftovers “recycled” or is it just unused material? Some manufacturers use this method to tout their materials as “green,” but under rigorous government guidelines for the construction of new buildings, they don’t make the cut. The Lab’s Facilities Division hosted a recent workshop for project managers that sought to fill the information gap between industry claims and DOE requirements on sustainable materials. More>

peopleEducation Outreach: Undergraduate Intern Poster Session Today

The Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) will host a poster session from 3:30 to 5 p.m. today in Building 7-211. Featuring the work of five fall college undergraduates, the event highlights the breadth of research conducted at the Laboratory through the experience of the students who have participated in CSEE mentored internship programs. Refreshments will be served.

Special Event: Forum on Post-Employment Benefits Tomorrow

Employees are invited to attend an onsite forum tomorrow on the fiscal challenges facing the University of California and how retirement and medical benefits may be affected. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Representatives from UC will give a presentation, followed by a Q&A session. The forum will be webcast live and viewers can submit their questions via e-mail during the event. The webcast link and e-mail address will be provided in tomorrow’s Today at Berkeley Lab.

Charitable Giving: Staff Can Donate Through SHARES Program

handEmployees interested in donating to various charitable organizations can do so through the Lab’s SHARES program, which continues through Jan. 15. Staff can select from groups that support health, community, under-represented minorities, and the environment. Go here to view a full list of participating organizations and download a donation form. Payroll deductions are not available this year.

EH&S: Saudi's Learn More on Earthquake Warning Systems

saudi'sEngineers from the Saudi Arabian Oil Company visited the Lab last week to review the effectiveness of the earthquake sensors built by Seismic Warning System (SWS) and installed on the fire station doors at Building 48. The engineers, along with representatives from SWS, were hosted by Lab Emergency Services Manager Rocky Saunders (third from left). Earthquake shakes can jam the doors of fire stations, preventing trucks from responding to emergencies. The SWS automatically opens bay doors by detecting the P-wave of a seismic event before the shaking starts. This system has been installed at the Lab for two years, though has not been activated under real conditions.

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