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Postdoctoral Research Associate Accelerator Physics

Job ID 3159 Date posted 04/28/2022

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Organizational Overview

Brookhaven National Laboratory was recently chosen as the building site for the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), a one-of-a-kind nuclear physics research facility.  The EIC will be a discovery machine for unlocking the secrets of the “glue” that binds the building blocks of visible matter in the universe. The machine design is based on the existing and highly optimized RHIC Ion-Ion collider.   It will consist of two intersecting accelerators, one producing an intense beam of electrons, the other a beam of protons or heavier atomic nuclei which are steered into collisions.  Beyond sparking scientific discoveries in a new frontier of fundamental physics, the Electron-Ion Collider will trigger technological breakthroughs that have broad-ranging impact on human health and national challenges.

Position Description
The Electron Ion Collider Department has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on developing and implementing accelerator design which will ensure high polarization of electron and proton beams in the EIC. This involves working on beam polarization theory and polarization simulations for verifying and optimizing the EIC design parameters, and for developing machine tuning methods which can be applied during the EIC commissioning and operation for maximizing beam polarization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the designs of the EIC constituent accelerators to ensure good polarization performance
  • Realize spin simulations for EIC electron and hadron rings to study effects of machine errors, imperfections and beam-beam interactions on beam polarization
  • Develop correction schemes and accelerator tuning procedures that can be used at accelerator commissioning and operation to maximize beam polarization
  • Interact with the lattice design team to provide them with clear guidance on improving the lattice design for better beam polarization
  • Participate in the assessment of proposed changes to the accelerators regarding high polarization performance

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in Accelerator Physics, Physics, or related area
  • Familiarity with computer programming languages such as C++, PYTHON, or similar
  • Knowledge of basic aspects of polarized beam dynamics in electron and/or proton accelerators
  • Good mathematical and problem-solving skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with beam polarization simulations
  • Experience with accelerator experiments and operations in general
  • Basic knowledge of following accelerator physics areas: accelerator lattice design, beam-beam interactions


  • Some travel may be required
  • Two-year position which may be extended based on performance and funding

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, Tennis, Softball, Table 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.

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