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Postdoctoral in Nuclear Data

Job ID 1490 Date posted 01/17/2019

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.

Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Department of Nuclear Science and Technology conducts research and development related to nuclear technologies (reactors and accelerator-driven systems), reliability and risk assessment, and advanced modeling techniques for reactor simulation and energy systems.

The Department serves as a resource in these and related areas to support the missions of the Department of Energy (DOE), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and other national and international organizations. With a world-class staff of professionals with expertise in a broad range of areas related to the design and analyses of commercial, research and advanced nuclear systems, Brookhaven’s capabilities and facilities are also available to support and execute experiments in support of these missions.

The National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC), a part of of BNL’s Nuclear Science and Technology Department, is the largest member of the US Nuclear Data Program (USNDP), whose mission is to provide current, accurate, authoritative data for workers in pure and applied areas of nuclear science and engineering. This is accomplished primarily through the compilation, evaluation, dissemination, and archiving of extensive nuclear datasets. USNDP also addresses gaps in the data, through targeted experimental studies and the use of theoretical models.
The NNDC is responsible for the Nuclear Science Reference (NSR), eXperimental Unevaluated Nuclear Data List (XUNDL), Evaluated Nuclear Structure Data File (ENSDF) and Evaluated Nuclear Data File (ENDF) libraries, as well as the Nuclear Data Sheets journal.   The NNDC is also the main contributor to the EXFOR library.  Web dissemination of these libraries is also one of the main activities at the NNDC.

In addition to the libraries and web efforts, the NNDC staff are involved in research relating to nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, nuclear astrophysics and nuclear reactor antineutrinos.

The National Nuclear Data Center has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct nuclear structure and nuclear reaction evaluations. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

•       Take an active role in either (a) the assessment and validation of experimental structure data to provide recommended values for inclusion in the ENSDF data library or (b) the evaluation of nuclear reaction data for inclusion in the ENDF data library and the verification and validation of ENDF data evaluations

•       Participate in our research program in at least one of the following areas: decay data measurements, reactor anti-neutrino calculations, reaction model development and/or uncertainty quantification.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•    PhD in experimental or theoretical low-energy nuclear physics or nuclear engineering.
•    Experience in at least one of the following areas (a) gamma, beta and alpha spectroscopy; (b) theoretical nuclear models, such as the shell, optical, Hauser-Feshbach models; (c) codes such as MCNP, SCALE, NJOY.
•    Attention to detail.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•    Programming and computing skills such as knowledge of C++, JAVA, SQL and HTML languages.
•    Familiarity with the ENSDF and ENDF databases.

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

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer 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.

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