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Deputy Division Head for Accelerator Physics and R&D

Job ID 2234 Date posted 06/16/2020

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) 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

Brookhaven National Laboratory was recently chosen as the building site for the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), a one-of-a-kind nuclear physics research facility.  The EIC will be a discovery machine for unlocking the secrets of the “glue” that binds the building blocks of visible matter in the universe. The machine design is based on the existing and highly optimized RHIC Ion-Ion collider.   It will consist of two intersecting accelerators, one producing an intense beam of electrons, the other a beam of protons or heavier atomic nuclei which are steered into collisions.  Beyond sparking scientific discoveries in a new frontier of fundamental physics, the Electron-Ion Collider will trigger technological breakthroughs that have broad-ranging impact on human health and national challenges. 

Position Description

The Electron Ion Collider (EIC) Department is seeking a full-time Scientist in Accelerator Physics to assume the responsibility of Deputy Division Head for Accelerator Physics and Research and Development with special emphasis on collective effects and impedance assessment.  The qualified candidate will have considerable experience in accelerator physics and the design of accelerator components as part of accelerator projects.  We expect a proven track record in cutting edge accelerator physics with a distinguished background in impedance calculations and collective effects.  The candidate will be able to guide a competent team of accelerator scientists working on the design of the EIC. Good communication skills and an ability to interact effectively with engineers, technical and administrative staff is an important aspect for this position as well. We expect that guidance and mentorship is provided to help less experienced staff to grow on the project. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the EIC Accelerator Physics and R&D program with new ideas and with technical guidance as well as provide assistance to junior staff.
  • Perform detailed impedance calculations and iteratively work with engineers and designers to obtain sufficiently small impedances.
  • Assist the Division Head with administrative activities.
  • Interact closely with engineering and other technical staff in the design of the machine.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • PhD in Physics or a related field
  • At least ten years of experience in accelerator physics including machine design
  • Experience doing impedance calculations for an actual accelerator project
  • Expert skill with at least one 3D electromagnetic simulation code such as CST or Gdfidl
  • A good publication record
  • Good mathematical and problem-solving skills
  • Proven record of strong and fruitful interaction with engineering staff
  • Eagerness to expand their range of expertise

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A wide knowledge base in accelerator physics
  • Familiarity with computer programming languages such as C++, PYTHON, or similar
  • Experience with accelerator experiments and operations
  • Knowledge of vacuum technology
Other Information:
  • Domestic and international travel may be required

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


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