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Detector Physicist

Job ID JR100548 Date posted 09/25/2023

The mission of the Instrumentation Division is to develop state-of-the-art instrumentation required for experimental research programs at Brookhaven Lab and to maintain the expertise and facilities in specialized high technology areas essential for this work. Development of facilities is motivated by present Brookhaven research programs and anticipated future directions of research. Our work has a significant impact on programs throughout the world that rely on state-of-the-art radiation detectors and readout electronics.

Position Description

The Instrumentation Division has an opening for a scientist to work on advanced detector development for applications in high energy and nuclear physics.  The Division has a long history in designing and fabricating unique detector technology, and currently has key roles in the production of TPCs (Time Projection Chambers) for the flagship DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment) under construction in a South Dakota mine. R&D activities geared toward detectors for the Forward Physics Facility (FPF) at CERN, particularly the Forward Liquid Argon Experiment (FLArE) are also a focus of the Instrumentation team. The Division has design, fabrication and testing capabilities for various sub-systems that make up a TPC and is involved in several other experiments that will be built around novel TPC detectors for rare searches, neutrino and dark matter physics.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the Division’s excellent reputation for developing state-of-the-art detector systems
  • Enhance the Division’s capabilities in all aspects of detector design, fabrication, and testing
  • Participate and take leadership roles in future rare event experiments using noble liquids or other

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in particle physics or nuclear physics six (6) years post PhD experience
  • Demonstrated ability to perform research independently and as part of a group
  • Experience with assembly, commissioning, operations and analysis of neutrino experiments
  • Significant record of accomplishment in experimental physics, especially using noble liquids
  • Proficiency with scientific computing and excellent written, oral, and presentation skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in particle physics or nuclear physics eight (8) years post PhD experience
  • Extensive experience with electronics for particle physics, especially “cold” electronics
  • Good basic knowledge and understanding of neutrino physics and dark energy/matter
  • History of broad engagement in Education, Outreach and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


  • Appointment level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications

Brookhaven Laboratory is committed to providing fair, equitable and competitive compensation. This is a multi-level role and the full salary range for this position is $108,050 - $212,600. You will be placed at the level and salary commensurate with your experience.  Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification, education and experience and considered with the internal peer group.

Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:

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