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Postdoc in Heavy Flavor Physics

Job ID 3045 Date posted 06/12/2022

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Organizational Overview

The position is in the Electronic Detector Group (EDG, https://www.phy.bnl.gov/edg/) in the Physics Department at BNL. EDG has great strength in the study of flavor and extensive history in kaon, muon and neutrino physics and recent research in heavy flavor physics with the Belle II experiment. As the lead lab for U.S. Belle II, BNL and EDG have major responsibilities in Belle II, including hosting a Tier-1 computing site and operations management. The EDG currently has twenty-five physicists at various career levels and a long history of research in fundamental particle physics. In collaboration with the Instrumentation Division, the group performs research and development in electronics and detector design. In collaboration with the Computational Science Initiative, the EDG develops new software and computing to advance intensity frontier research. 

Position Description

The Physics Department at BNL has an opening for a Research Associate in the Electronic Detector Group to participate in the Belle II experiment at the KEK laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan. Belle II is the successor of the Belle experiment. It began collecting asymmetric-energy e+e-collision data produced by the SuperKEKB collider on and near the Upsilon(4S) resonance in March 2018, with the goal to accumulate a sample 50 times larger than Belle. The BNL Belle II group (https://www.bnl.gov/belle2/) has an on-going research activity focused on the search for CP violation in the decay and mixing of charmed hadrons. BNL is the lead lab for US Belle II Computing with responsibility for distributed data management and the conditions database. In this position you will be expected to take a leading role in analysis of the data as the experiment ramps up to full luminosity and you will have the opportunity to contribute to either distributed computing or R&D for future detectors. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform physics analysis using Belle II data  
  • Active participation in all aspects of the Belle II collaboration, including, but not limited to, participation in collaboration meetings, shift-taking, and performance of service tasks 
  • Document and disseminate research results through publications and conduct research presentations at meetings and conferences. 

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in high energy or nuclear physics 
  • Strong record of recent accomplishments in experimental physics 
  • Experience in data analysis of particle physics experiments 
  • Demonstrated good programming skills in python or C++  
  • Experience with software for scientific data analysis 
  • Demonstrated ability to perform research independently and as part of a research group 
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication and interpersonal and analytical skills 
  • Demonstrated track record of publication of research in high quality peer-reviewed journals and deliver of presentations 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with assembly, commissioning and analysis of a particle physics experiment 
  • Knowledge of heavy flavor physics 
  • Experience with AI-ML 
  • Experience in distributed computing and/or writing and supporting scientific software used by others 

OTHER INFORMATION: 

  • Initial two-year appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding 
  • While the successful candidate is expected to be based at BNL, flexible work arrangements (including telework and remote work) as well as extended assignment at KEK or CERN are possible 
  • May require domestic and international travel 
  • This position will be a direct report to Dr. David Jaffe 
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled 
  • BNL policy requires that after obtaining a PhD, eligible candidates for research associate appointments may not exceed a combined total of 5 years of relevant work experience as a post-doc and/or in an R&D position, excluding time associated with family planning, military service, illness or other life-changing events 
  • In your electronic application submission, please include (in one document) a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief description of research interests. After electronic submission of application, applicants should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent electronically to PhysicsLOR@bnl.gov.

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, Dental, and Vision Care Plans 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave) 
  • 401(k) Plan 
  • Flexible Work Arrangements 
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs 
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis) 

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

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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