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Physics Research Associate

Job ID 1989 Date posted 06/01/2020

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.

Organizational Overview

The mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to develop, improve and operate the suite of particle / heavy ion accelerators used to carry out the program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL); to support the experimental program including design, construction and operation of the beam transports to the experiments, plus support of detector and research needs of the experiments; to design and construct new accelerator facilities in support of the BNL and national missions. The C-A Department supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The department performs all these functions in an environmentally-responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position Description

The C-AD Storage Ring Quantum Computer project has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on the development of a quantum computer using storage ring technologies. The particular focus of the work will be on calculations and simulations that support the design of a new kind of storage ring that is optimally designed to create ultracold crystalline ion beams.

This position is for a 2-year research project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Working within the BNL Storage Ring Quantum Computing collaboration, duties include developing simulations of a storage ring lattice optimized for creating the best conditions to formulate ultracold crystalline ion beams. This will include:

  • Evaluating methods of cooling ions down to the micro-Kelvin regime
  • Developing models of the crystalline ion beams for Monte-Carlo simulations using different laser cooling techniques

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Requires Ph.D. in Atomic Physics, Accelerator Physics, or related area
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic atomic physics principles and laser excitation methods
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic principles in particle accelerator physics
  • Experience with software development in a research environment
  • Experience with developing computer simulations of physical systems
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills
  • A record of working successfully with other scientists and engineers in an international community
  • Research experience demonstrated through publications and/or presentations

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience working in a physics/particle accelerator research environment
  • Experience with RF systems in a particle accelerator environment
  • Experience with accelerator lattice design and design tools (e.g., madx, zgoubi, etc.)
  • Experience with laser cooling techniques
  • Extensive experience programming in Python
  • Experience in high performance computing, optimizing code for performance, and writing code that is re-entrant and thread-safe
  • Demonstrated ability to collect software requirements and design robust, high performance software with appropriate consideration of anticipated failure situations and future growth
  • Experience working in UNIX/Linux environments

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements

  • Computer/keyboard work, mental concentration, visually demanding work (near/mid vision), hand dexterity 


This is a two year term position and offers a comprehensive benefits package.

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.

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
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

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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