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Assistant Physicist

Job ID 1755 Date posted 05/15/2019


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.



Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is engaged in efforts to realize an Electron Ion-Collider (EIC), a major new research facility that will advance the long-term vision for Nuclear Physics. The Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) gave an Electron-Ion Collider the highest recommendation for new construction after the completion of FRIB in their Long-Range Plan.  In a major review conducted by the National Academies of Sciences they find the scientific case for the EIC “compelling, unique, and timely.”  The realization of such a facility is of highest priority for the QCD community in the US. The efforts related to EIC physics are conducted by a dedicated working group within the Physics Department. The group works with collaborators from around the world to share science data and shape the scientific program.



The Physics Department has an opening for a two-year term Assistant Physicist to participate in EIC related studies.  We are seeking a talented individual to take an active role in advancing the physics case for an EIC and conducting simulation of the relevant processes to optimize detector concepts and designs. The candidate is expected to work closely with theorists and the broader QCD community to explore how the scientific program at an EIC can be further enriched and how data from an EIC can help advance our understanding of matter. The candidate has the opportunity to work, as a fraction of their time, in ongoing RHIC projects. As the EIC program proceeds, the design and optimization of an EIC detector will move center stage and the selected candidate will take a leading role in this process.

While the work will be conducted within BNL’s EIC working group, the person selected will also work closely with the members of the Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science (CFNS), setup jointly between Stony Brook University and BNL, with members of EIC related Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects at BNL, as well as world-wide collaborators from the EIC User Group.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Take an active role in studies related to a future EIC.
  • Focus on exploring new measurements (e.g. jets physics, Wigner function, fragmentation and E-loss in e+A) to widen the physics program of an EIC.
  • Perform detector-related studies to verify that key measurements can be accomplished with the required precision at a future EIC detector.
  • Publish the obtained results and present their findings in workshops and conferences.
  • As the EIC project proceeds, the candidate will get involved in the preparation of conceptual/technical design reports for EIC detectors.



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in Particle or Nuclear Physics
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Experience in experimental particle and high-energy nuclear physics
  • Strong background in programming

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in C++, ROOT, and GEANT programming
  • Experience in Deep Inelastic Scattering (DIS)
  • Experience in jet physics
  • Experience in RHIC physics (spin and/or heavy-ion physics)

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • Requires travel, including foreign travel

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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