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Accelerator Physics Research Associate

Job ID 3093 Date posted 03/30/2022

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

The mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to operate, maintain, improve, and upgrade the suite of electron, proton, and heavy ion accelerators used to carry out a program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). To support this program, the C-AD must design, fabricate, assemble, test, install, and operate unique research equipment to generate, transport, transfer, accelerate, focus, track, collide, and absorb high intensity particle beams up to energies of 250 GeV.  This includes a combination of custom designed and built parts and vendor produced components developed by a collaboration of the C-AD scientific, engineering, and technical staff. The C-AD supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The C-AD performs all these functions in an environmentally-responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position Description

The C-AD Accelerator Division Accelerator Physics Group has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to develop methods to improve the beam quality of the slow extracted beams delivered to the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) and to contribute to potential new slow extraction projects at C-AD. The work for this position will focus on developing new techniques to measure and correct the beam quality of the slow extracted beams including the opportunity to use of machine learning techniques to develop improved data models and correction algorithms.  This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community. This position is for a 2-year term research project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Understanding the slow extraction system and beam quality methods used to prepare the beams for NSRL, both theoretically and experimentally
  • Working with the control systems at C-AD and conducting analysis of accelerator data
  • Learning how to measure and correct the beam quality for NSRL
  • Development of new beam quality compensation systems given the constraints of the existing slow extraction design

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ph.D. in Accelerator Physics, Physics, or related area
  • Experience with software development in a research environment
  • Knowledge & experience in statistical data analysis
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills
  • A record of working successfully with other scientists and engineers
  • Research experience demonstrated through publications and/or presentations

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience working in a physics/particle accelerator research environment
  • Experience performing beam experiments at a particle accelerator
  • Experience simulating synchrotrons using standard modeling tools (e.g., madx)
  • Knowledge of slow extraction theory and practice
  • Knowledge of accelerator instrumentation
  • Knowledge of magnet design and methods of measuring magnetic fields
  • Experience working in UNIX/Linux environments
BNL policy requires that after obtaining their PhD, eligible candidates for research associate appointments may not exceed a combined total of 5 years of relevant work experience as a post-doc and/or in an R&D position, excluding time associated with family planning, military service, illness or other life-changing events.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Tennis, Softball, Table Tennis)

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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