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Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010


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.

Mechanical Engineering Technician (Engineering) Support unique and challenging physics research projects with your mechanical/ electromechanical technical expertise and ability to perform precision assembly and fabrication.

Web Applications Developer (ESnet) Expert on user experience and interface needed to revamp ESnet's approach to presenting information to its community.

Controls Coordinator (Engineering) Support ALS programmers and engineers by planning/ directing the efficient use of manpower, materials, equipment, and time for various projects and programs.

Senior Business Analyst (OCFO) Serve as liaison between functional financial units and IT and partner with project managers to launch and execute process reengineering initiatives and major systems enhancements.

Disbursement/Project Costing Manager (OCFO) Accountability and ownership of all policies for AP, payroll, project costing functions with a focus on internal disbursement transaction processing and project reporting.

Research: Putting a Spin on Light and Atoms

SpinSome of the most sensitive devices for detecting magnetic fields are alkali-vapor magnetometers that use light both to put a spin on atoms and then to measure that spin. Now a team from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and the Vavilov State Optical Institute in Russia, led by Dmitry Budker of the Nuclear Science Division, has achieved a remarkable technical advance with this kind of magnetometer, an advance with potential for improving atomic clocks, quantum memory devices, and a range of other scientific gadgets that depend on measuring spinning atoms with light. More>

Facilities: Lab Tests Assisted Parking Program in the Pit Lot

ParkingTo help ease parking congestion at the Lab, a vendor will provide assisted parking in the D lot (the Pit), on a trial basis. The program will begin on Monday, Sept. 20. When all the stalls in the lot are full, an attendant will direct staff to stack park their cars. After a walk-around inspection and login of contact information, staff will give the attendant their keys and receive a claim ticket, which they will use to retrieve their keys upon departure. The attendant will be onsite until 6 p.m. Employees working later must pick up their keys by 6 p.m. More>

Safe/Efficient Lab: Staff Invited to Share Ideas on Efficiencies

ShareA message from Deputy Director Horst Simon and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Fernandez

Berkeley Lab is experiencing unprecedented growth, ever-increasing institutional requirements, and substantial increases to pension plan contributions. It’s imperative we become more efficient and increase resources for scientific activities or we will find ourselves at a competitive disadvantage with other labs and universities. To mitigate this looming problem, we have begun focused efforts to increase efficiency and reduce bureaucracy to maintain our competitive edge. We recently launched an efficiency campaign across the Lab that has included reviews of all of the Operational Divisions and will include an operational review of the scientific divisions in the fall. Several good ideas have been developed from the reviews and are being enthusiastically pursued. Often the best ideas come from employees who are closest to the work. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas for operational efficiencies. All ideas will be considered, and those with the most merit will be integrated into future strategies and plans.

Facilities: 77 Parking Spots Open Up in the Coming Weeks

ParkingWith the upcoming completion of several construction projects, 77 parking spots will become available. The Y parking lot west of Building 80 will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 22, restoring 25 spaces. The first of three parking areas on Lawrence Road has opened, providing seven spaces. The second, 15-space lot will open in mid-October, and the third area, providing seven additional spaces, is scheduled to open in early November. Also, an additional 23 parking spots have recently been made available below Building 31.

Special Event: Public Poster Session on CRT's Draft Environmental Assessment

CRTA DOE Berkeley Site Office poster session on the draft Environmental Assessment for the Computational Research and Theory Facility Project will be held Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the South Berkeley Senior Center (2939 Ellis St.). Lab staff and community members are invited to attend. The assessment examines the environmental impacts of DOE’s “Proposed Action.” The purpose of the Proposed Action is to consolidate all DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research-funded Berkeley Lab programs with related Berkeley Lab/University of California computational science programs. These programs would be relocated in a facility on or near the Berkeley Lab site. More>

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