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Postdoctoral Research Associate for Advanced Accelerator Development

Job ID 1455 Date posted 09/18/2018

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.

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.

The Collider-Accelerator Department’s Accelerator Test Facility (ATF) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in our research program to demonstrate laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA) capabilities using a long wavelength infrared (LWIR) laser system.  In particular, the successful candidate will participate in the implementation of the laser systems, experimental hardware, and diagnostics to characterize ionization injection inside a LWIR driven plasma wake as well as general LWFA studies being carried out at the ATF.  The role will also involve support for the ATF experimental user program. The appointment will initially be for 2 years with a possibility for extension to a 3rd year.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the ATF LWFA research program including the design and implementation of laser and experimental hardware, experimental data-taking, physics simulation and analysis. 

  • Participate in the upcoming experiment to characterize electron bunch generation via ionization injection in a LWIR laser-driven plasma wake

  • Operate the ATF’s existing laser and/or electron beam systems to the benefit of visiting research groups

  • Support visiting research groups with both the scientific and technical aspects of their experiments

  • Give presentations and report ongoing work

  • Present technical papers at conferences and publish in scientific journals

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. degree in Physics or related discipline, with a concentration in lasers or beam physics
  • Experience of working in an experimental/laboratory environment
  • Experience working with laser and/or particle accelerator systems
  • Knowledge of one or more programming language for physics simulations and data analysis
  • Ability to perform detailed simulations of the physical processes being studied.  This includes the simulation of lasers and/or particle beams and their transport

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of particle accelerators and emerging particle acceleration techniques and technologies

  • Understanding of laser-plasma and laser-electron interactions

  • Experience in simulation of laser-plasma interactions and/or particle beam physics

  • Working knowledge of the python programming language

  • General knowledge of instrumentation and controls for particle beams and lasers

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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