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Assistant Physicist

Job ID 1216 Date posted 02/08/2018

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.

The Collider-Accelerator Department has an opening for a two-year term Assistant Physicist in the PreInjector Systems Group. This group is responsible for the design, construction, operation and upgrade of ion sources and linear accelerators. The produced and accelerated proton, polarized proton and heavy ions are provided to the Radioisotope Production Facility, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory. The successful candidate will participate in developments and operations of all existing ion sources which includes the laser ion source (LIS), electron beam ion source (EBIS), negative proton ion source and optically pumped polarized ion source. Furthermore, he or she will work on polarized He3 beam production project using the extended EBIS.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operation of the LIS, EBIS and linear accelerators.

  • Development of the extended EBIS including polarized He3 beam production.

  • Development of RF cavities.

  • Studies on ion sources.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in Plasma Physics or Accelerator Physics

  • Demonstrated accomplishment in development and operation of a laser ion source

  • Strong expertize in development and operation of an EBIS

  • Experience with RF systems and beam dynamics in linear accelerators

  • Familiarity with polarized ion sources

  • Demonstrated ability to perform research independently and as part of a research group

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with ion sources and linear accelerators

  • Experience in instrumentation and development of scientific detector systems

  • Skills in design and tuning of laser systems and optics

  • Familiarity with software development, data acquisition and data analysis

  • Proficiency in accelerator related software including PARMTEQ, Microwave Studio, TOSCA/OPERA, iGUN and TRAK


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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