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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Antineutrino Detection

Job ID 3574 Date posted 02/07/2023

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

The mission of the Instrumentation Division is to develop state-of-the-art instrumentation required for experimental research programs at Brookhaven Lab and to maintain the expertise and facilities in specialized high technology areas essential for this work. Development of facilities is motivated by present Brookhaven research programs and anticipated future directions of research. Our work has a significant impact on programs throughout the world that rely on state-of-the-art radiation detectors and readout electronics.

Position Description

The Instrumentation Division has an opening for a postdoctoral Research Associate. The candidate will be expected to take a leading role in the group activities including the design, characterization, and development of detector materials for reactor antineutrino detection. This position is for an initial term of two years and would be under the direction of Dr. Minfang Yeh.

Brookhaven has leadership positions in scintillator development for remote detection of antineutrinos emitted from nuclear power reactors, using a Water Cerenkov or Water-based Liquid Scintillator Detector. Additionally, the group is a member of several collaborations to develop and build a variety of scintillator detectors for neutrino flavor research, dark matter searches, and other rare event physics.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participation in neutrino, nonproliferation, double-beta decay, and dark matter experiments
  • Benchtop and prototyping development (both 1-ton and 30-ton) for feasibility study of kiloton-scale scintillator detectors
  • Data analysis and simulation

Position Requirements

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participation in neutrino, nonproliferation, double-beta decay, and dark matter experiments
  • Benchtop and prototyping development (both 1-ton and 30-ton) for feasibility study of kiloton-scale scintillator detectors
  • Data analysis and simulation

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in nuclear physics, particle physics, nuclear chemistry, or related field
  • Experience in a variety of experimental techniques such as nuclear detection methods, detector installation, liquid scintillator physics, development, and characterization.
  • Domestic and international travel is required

Additional Information:

  • BNL policy requires that after obtaining their 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.

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 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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