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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Nuclear Science

Job ID 2169 Date posted 06/01/2020

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 Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to operate, maintain, improve, and upgrade the suite of electron, proton, and heavy ion accelerators used to carry out a program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). To support this program, the C-AD must design, fabricate, assemble, test, install, and operate unique research equipment to generate, transport, transfer, accelerate, focus, track, collide, and absorb high intensity particle beams up to energies of 250 GeV.  This includes a combination of custom designed and built parts and vendor produced components developed by a collaboration of the C-AD scientific, engineering, and technical staff. The C-AD supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The C-AD performs all these functions in an environmentally-responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position Description

The Medical Isotope Research and Production (MIRP) Program in the Collider-Accelerator Department has an opening for a two-year term Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in a multidisciplinary research project(s). The successful candidate will have a background in the field of nuclear science with experience in data analysis. The candidate will be expected to set up and use a high throughput counting system for the gamma spectroscopy analysis of the activated samples. The project involves measurement of energy dependent cross section data for proton induced nuclear reactions. Solid working knowledge of wet chemistry techniques demonstrated through combination of research experience and education will be advantageous. This position will involve the handling of radioactive material and hazardous chemicals so attention to details is a must. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designing experiments for irradiation of targets with a proton/neutron beam
  • Counting system maintenance, data collection, and analysis
  • Contributing to method development for purifying and characterizing radioisotopes produced in irradiation
  • Preparation of data for presentations and publications
  • Contributing to reports writing
  • Presenting results to the scientific community

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • PhD in radiological sciences, radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, or a closely related field. Candidates of Physics or Chemistry majors should have experience/training in nuclear/radiological science
  • Solid knowledge of gamma spectroscopy and radiation detecting techniques
  • Ability to plan and carry out experiments to produce data for peer reviewed publications
  • Experience in handling of radioactivity
  • Excellent technical writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively
  • Experience in data analysis
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of gamma spectroscopy and associated signal processing electronics
  • Experience in making targets for irradiations
  • Hands on experience in separations related to isotope production: ion-exchange, solvent extraction
  • Hands on experience in analytical chemistry techniques
  • Programing skills and experience with Monte Carlo based transport codes is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of wet chemistry techniques

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability to work protracted hours and an irregular schedule
  • Ability to work with chemicals and radioactive material
  • Ability to follow procedures and regulatory guidelines
  • Ability to work in a chemical laboratory


  • BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.
  • This position may requires domestic and foreign travel.

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

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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