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Assistant Scientist

Job ID 1734 Date posted 10/09/2019

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.

The Superconducting Magnet Division (SMD) designs, builds, and tests superconducting magnets for use in particle accelerators world-wide.  The SMD also builds magnets for various other applications (e.g., Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage) and also provides magnetic measurement services lab-wide.

The Superconducting Magnet Division ( has an opening for an Assistant Scientist, for an initial two-year term appointment, to advance superconducting magnet technology. The successful candidate will participate in either (a) developing magnet designs by advancing existing and exploring new or (b) magnet technologies, including a variety of magnet measurements techniques, or both. BNL has a strong history in developing magnet technology using conventional Low Temperature Superconductors (LTS) and rapidly progressing High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) for a variety of applications. Some of the activities are listed at: Specific accelerator magnet programs include, magnets for the proposed Electron Ion Collider (EIC), magnets for LHC high luminosity upgrade and high field magnets for a future circular collider. BNL is also embarking on many innovative magnet programs for other applications of superconducting magnets such as nuclear fusion, electric motor, medical, etc. These include initial R&D for 25 T HTS solenoid for Neutron scattering and testing of insert coils for high field magnets and high current HTS cables for fusion research, both in the background field of 10 T dipole.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Take active part in magnet programs
  • Perform experimental and simulation studies of magnets

  • Analyze experimental data and magnet models

  • Participate in writing funding proposals

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  •  Ph.D. in Physics or Engineering.

  •     Minimum of two years of relevant postdoctoral experience.

  •     Experience with modeling software.

  •     Experience in analyzing experimental data and 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:

  • Two years of experience in working with superconducting magnets

  • Hands-on experience in working with HTS coils

  • Magnetic design analysis software such as OPERA, COMSOL, and ROXIE

  • Mechanical design analysis software such as ANSYS or COMSOL

  • Working with and developing instruments

  • Quench detection technologies

  • Quench analysis software

  • Magnetic field measurements

  • LabView programming

  • Proposal writing

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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