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Assistant Scientist - Accelerator Physics

Job ID 1533 Date posted 11/15/2018


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 an Assistant Scientist, for an initial two-year term appointment, to join a variety of accelerator physics efforts for the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), as well as any future accelerator project. Among others, these efforts will address questions and concepts of machine protection.  The successful candidate is expected to not only take part in but also lead experimental beam studies. One goal of such studies will be to improve machine protection for RHIC as well as a future eRHIC. This particular aspect entails work on specific issues such as magnet protection and analysis of beam aborts, possible mitigation methods for quenches and other fast failures. In addition, the successful candidate will work on support and controls such as databases and on administrative measures to minimize risks during machine operation and development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Take active part in operation of RHIC
  • Perform experimental and simulation studies of quenches and machine failures
  • Analyze experimental data and physical models
  • Software design



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in Physics
  • Minimum two years of relevant postdoctoral experience
  • Experience with computing and software
  • Experience in analyzing experimental data and physical models
  • Experience with superconducting magnets
  • Interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse group of scientists, engineers and technical staff
  • Proficiency in the English language (reading, writing and verbal)

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Engineering degree
  • 2+ years of experience in superconducting hadron colliders
  • Experimental experience with superconducting magnets, quench diodes and abort systems
  • Knowledge of accelerator concepts such as beam dynamics and fast instabilities
  • Experience with programming languages such as Matlab, MathCad, Python, C++, C
  • Experience with simulation codes and tracking (such as MADX or SixTrack)
  • Experience in analytical modeling and computing

Your application must include a cover letter with your CV.  Consideration of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

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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