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Assistant Computational Physicist

Job ID 1843 Date posted 08/12/2019

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

The mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to develop, improve and operate the suite of particle / heavy ion accelerators used to carry out the program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL); to support the experimental program including design, construction and operation of the beam transports to the experiments, plus support of detector and research needs of the experiments; to design and construct new accelerator facilities in support of the BNL and national missions. The C-A Department supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The department performs all these functions in an environmentally-responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

This Coherent electron Cooling (CeC) group, within the Collider-Accelerator Department has a two-year term opening for an Assistant Computational Physicist to develop software and sophisticated controls for the CeC proof-of-principle experiment and to participate in the CeC experiments, data collection and analysis. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct start-to-end simulation of processes in Coherent electron Cooling, including cooling rates and cooling dynamics
  • Develop tool-kit for physics-based controls and data collection for CeC experiment at RHIC
  • Participate in the CeC experiment as independent investigator (shift leader)
  • Perform other necessary tasks related to CeC and RHIC programs

  • PhD in Physics/Mathematics with focus on simulation aspects of charged beam dynamics
  • At least two-year experience with operating sophisticated, high brightness super-conducting linear accelerators of electron beams
  • Understanding of PIC simulation of plasma physics in charge particle beams
  • Extensive experience with advanced simulation codes and super-computers
  • In-depth knowledge on modern computer systems and programing languages

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Deep understanding of processes occurring in charged plasma;
  • Experience of 3D PIC simulation of Debye screening using super-computers
  • Deep understanding of processes in plasma
  • Graduate level understanding of accelerator physics

This is a two year term position offering a comprehensive benefits package.

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 Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer 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.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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