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Assistant Physicist, EIC Detector

Job ID 3496 Date posted 11/30/2022

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) 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. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has been chosen as the building site for the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), a one-of-a-kind nuclear physics research facility.  The EIC will be a discovery machine for unlocking the secrets of the “glue” that binds the building blocks of visible matter in the universe. The machine design is based on the existing and highly optimized RHIC Ion-Ion collider.   It will consist of two intersecting accelerators, one producing an intense beam of polarized electrons and the other a beam of polarized protons or heavier atomic nuclei.  The two storage rings will intersect at two points to provide collisions between the electrons and protons or heavy ions within highly complex detector assembles.  Beyond sparking scientific discoveries in a new frontier of fundamental physics, the Electron-Ion Collider will trigger technological breakthroughs that have broad-ranging impact on human health and national challenges.

The EIC Division for Detector Systems is supporting the EIC experimental equipment design of the components of the EIC general purpose detector including the readout electronics and data-acquisition as well as the design and integration of the different experimental equipment along the interaction region, the hadron and electron polarimetry and the luminosity monitor. The division is the home for the control account managers (CAM) for the subdetector components. 

Position Description

The EIC Division for Detector Systems has openings for two physicists to research, develop and design the different experimental equipment components, in particular the components along the outgoing electron and hadron beam and the electron and hadron polarimeters. Especial emphasis is also given to the determination and understanding of beam backgrounds. The work is complex and has its unique challenges which will require physics insight, creative solutions, and close collaboration with the other scientists and engineers in the division and with members of the EIC project detector collaboration. The chosen candidates for the positions will fill a key role in design and construction of the individual components.

Join BNL at the beginning of this ground-breaking scientific and engineering project and become part of the team building this scientific discovery machine and it novel experimental equipment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform physics modeling of the detector requirements to validate technical solutions
  • Work with accelerator physicists, engineers and scientists in the division and the scientific experimental collaboration
  • Propose new ideas to optimize the technical solutions
  • Close collaboration with the control account managers to maintain and optimize risk, schedule and cost of the different sub detectors
  • Create documentation for the design of the subdetectors
  • Prepare and present material as required for technical reviews, conference, and publication.
  • Maintain a safe and respectful workplace environment

Position Requirements
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in physics or related discipline
  • At least 2 years post PhD related research experience
  • Knowledge in detector science, design, construction, and operations
  • Extensive experience with coding language such as C, C++, Fortran, Python and/or GEANT-4
  • Experience in simulating beam induced backgrounds
  • Experience with detector systems integrated in the vacuum of the accelerator
  • Experience with electron and hadron polarimetry techniques 
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Basic knowledge of accelerator science
  • Knowledge of silicon-based tracking detectors
  • Experience working in a particle accelerator research environment

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability to complete all the safety trainings required during construction of the experiemntal equipment
  • May be required to occasionally work off-hours, nights and/or weekends to support mission critical projects

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally

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)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 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 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.

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. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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