kunzMartin Kunz – Experimental Systems Staff Scientist

Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab




How did you get there? What first sparked you interest in this field?

Postdoc with CHipR (COMPRES precursor) brought me into synchrotrons. Synchrotrons were new and cutting edge and very exciting in those days. Postdoc led to BL scientist position at ESRF. From there with detours as lecturer to beamline scientist at ALS

Please describe your current position. What do you do?

Taking care of Laue X-raymicrodiffraction beamline 12.3.2, together with one more beamline scientist. Daily work involves: Equipment maintenance, experiment development, user support before, during and after (data analysis) experiment. Development of data analysis tools.

What do you like best about your job?

Combination between technical, scientific and people skill challenges

What is most challenging in your position?

Time management and maintaining a personal life; career development; it is impossible to maintain own research program.

What are the most important skills for your job?

People skills

What do you think is the future of this career path?

Probably less exciting since synchrotron BL’s will move towards more automation, BL scientist job profile will be more and more technician and support person rather than *scientist*.

How do you balance personal and professional life?

See above. Took me many years of learning to say “no”.

What is the main research question for your lab group? Where do you see your research going in the next 1 – 10 years?

Main research questions surround measurement of physical properties with high spatial resolution. Research is going towards more efficient high-volume data handling ini the next 1 – 5 years. This will possibly enable expanding efficiently into 3-d mapping of physical properties in the next 10 years.

Do you have any advice for students?

Keep up a balance between professional and private life. Create memories.