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NASA Space Radiation Laboratory Physics Associate

Job ID JR100741 Date posted 11/28/2023


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.


The Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) has an opening for a NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) staff member to join the team at the facility. The NSRL uses proton and heavy ion beams from the BNL Booster synchrotron to simulate the radiation environment of space. NASA conducts radiobiology experiments to learn about the effects of space radiation on astronauts. The space industry tests electronics for radiation tolerance. In this role you will be a liaison to researchers and main control room operators in the preparation and execution of experiments as well as maintain and monitor equipment operation and performance. It is necessary to be able to work a flexible schedule which includes evenings and occasional weekends. Schedules can change on short notice.  This position has a high level of interaction with a multidisciplinary scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with Ion Source and Main Control Room Operators to prepare beam for experiments, tune and shape beam, archive, and calibrate beam

  • Deliver exposures and distribute run summaries to researchers

  • Daily recordkeeping of NSRL activities for NASA

  • Assist researchers setting up and running equipment throughout the exposure time

  • Develop technical and research projects for NSRL

  • Maintenance of equipment used to monitor and control the beam

  • Communicate with MCR Operators and Ion Source Operators regarding accelerator performance

  • Respond to emergency situations, alarms, or occurrences based on standard operating procedures

  • Identify hazards, environmental concerns and unsafe conditions or practices and implement or suggest controls to minimize risks


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Physics

  • At least three years' relevant experience in particle physics, nuclear physics or radiation physics

  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills

  • Computing proficiency to include Excel spreadsheets

  • Ability to work long and irregular hours

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master's Degree in Physics

  • Experience in accelerator operations

  • Experience in detector development

  • Familiarity with Oscilloscopes, Ion Chambers, Photomultipliers, Lasers, Data Acquisition Systems

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability to work well in a high stress environment

  • Ability to hear alarms

  • Good depth vision, distance and color

  • Alertness and vigilance

  • Moderate lifting up to 30 pounds


  • This is a fully onsite position located at BNL

  • Brookhaven Laboratory is committed to providing fair, equitable and competitive compensation. The full salary range for this position is $76700 - $107000 / year. 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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