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Assistant Scientist in Accelerator Instrumentation and Diagnostics

Job ID 2643 Date posted 05/03/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( 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.

Organizational Overview

The mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to operate, maintain, improve, and upgrade the suite of electron, proton, and heavy ion accelerators used to carry out a program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). To support this program, the C-AD must design, fabricate, assemble, test, install, and operate unique research equipment to generate, transport, transfer, accelerate, focus, track, collide, and absorb high intensity particle beams up to energies of 250 GeV.  This includes a combination of custom designed and built parts and vendor produced components developed by a collaboration of the C-AD scientific, engineering, and technical staff. The C-AD supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The C-AD performs all these functions in an environmentally-responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position Description

The Collider-Accelerator Dept (CAD) has an opening for an Assistant Scientist (two-year term) in the Instrumentation Systems Group. The candidate will be working on beam instrumentation/diagnostics related physics design and simulations, predominately  for the Collider Accelerator Department and also for the Electron-Ion Collider project (EIC). This includes, but is not limited to, upgrade of injection and extraction systems in the Booster & AGS (Alternating Gradient Synchrotron), beam diagnostics system commissioning for the Coherent electron Cooling experiment, hadron injection stripline kicker impedance and heating simulation for Electron-Ion Collider, and the Relativistic Heavey Ion Collider (RHIC) instrumentation upgrade design/simulation for EIC. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work on conceptual design, simulation, test and commissioning of instrumentation (Beam Diagnostic Devices) for monitoring and measuring beam parameters for existing RHIC facilities and future accelerators in CAD and for the EIC project
  • Perform impedance measurements for various accelerator components in the lab
  • Work shifts on beam tuning and commissioning of beam instrumentation (diagnostic devices) to assist the operation of the accelerators in the Collider-Accelerator Department (two weeks per year)
  • Conduct research and/or studies that contribute to the operation and development of the existing C-AD accelerator complex, the design of EIC accelerators, and present results in group meetings, design and project reviews
  • Publish scientific research in peer-reviewed journals and present at national and international conferences

Position Requirements

  • Ph.D. in High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Instrumentation for Particle and Nuclear Physics or Accelerator Physics
  • Solid foundation in scientific instrumentation/diagnostics design and integration
  • Experience with laboratory instrumentation, simulations and testing
  • Experience in electro-magnetic field simulation of instrumentation devices, pulsed devices
  • Demonstrated ability to perform research independently and as part of a research group
  • Clear and concise written and oral communication skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in electronics and development of scientific detector systems
  • Familiarity with instrumentation control software development, data acquisition and data analysis based on C/C++, Python, Matlab
  • Experience with advanced software and computing techniques

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Significant computer usage


  • Attend approximately two conferences per year, physically or virtually
  • Initial two-year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding

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, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

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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