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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Nuclear Theory) - 2 positions

Job ID 1961 Date posted 12/24/2019

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Brookhaven National Laboratory is a nonprofit research and development institution whose purpose is to advance ideas and knowledge through a multidisciplinary program of basic and applied research.  The Nuclear Theory Group will have two post-doctoral positions. One will be in the phenomenology of heavy-ion collisions and the other will be in the area of quantum information science for high energy nuclear physics. The start date for the positions will be on or around October 1, 2020.

The Physics Dept/Division has two openings for Research Associates in Nuclear Theory.

The Nuclear Theory Group has active programs focused on studies of strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions and the three-dimensional quark-gluon structure of the hadron. The active permanent staff members are Yoshitaka Hatta, Dima Kharzeev, Yacine Mehtar-Tani, Swagato Mukherjee, Peter Petreczky, Rob Pisarski, Bjoern Schenke and Raju Venugopalan (Group Leader).

The successful candidates will work under the direction of Raju Venugopalan, Group Leader of the Nuclear Theory Group in the BNL Physics Department.  A review of the applicants will start on December 10th, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

One of the successful candidates will collaborate with Group members in the area of heavy-ion phenomenology; the other in the area of quantum information science for nuclear physics.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. degree in theoretical nuclear or elementary particle physics
  • Experience in Quantum Field Theory, specifically in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD)
  • Experience in Quantum Information Science

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience in heavy-ion phenomenology
  • Experience in quantum information science
  • Analytical and computation skills in theoretical physics

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • Some travel, including foreign travel
  • The candidates chosen will be hired for a term of two years. 
  • In addition, to submitting your curriculum vitae through “BNL Careers,” please also e-mail your curriculum vitae, as well as arrange to have three letters of recommendation from your referees sent to Dorothy Davis at  Please be sure to reference the Job ID number in the E-mail.

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.

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