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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Physics

Job ID 2029 Date posted 01/29/2020

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 Physics Department is to be involved in research using the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC).  The STAR Group in the Physics Department at BNL contributes to the overall STAR Experiment.  The STAR collaboration constructs and operates experimental apparatus for the STAR experiment located at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and coordinates the production of scientific results using this apparatus.  The STAR group works with collaborators from around the world to share science data and shape the scientific program. Members of the STAR group have expertise on dilepton, photon, quarkonia, jets, and multi-particle correlations.

The Physics Department has an opening for a Research Associate. The selected candidate will work closely with scientists in the STAR group on physics analysis and paper publication utilizing data taken during Beam Energy Scan Phase II (BESII) to address fundamental property of QCD matter. Three major upgrades to the STAR Experiment for the Beam Energy Scan Phase II (BESII) program will take place 2019-2021: the inner Time Projection Chamber, the endcap Time of Flight detector, and the Event Plane Detector.  In addition, STAR is in the process of upgrading the detector at forward rapidity for cold QCD and a heavy ion physics program to run in years 2021 to 2025.      

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform physics analysis using BESII data
  • Collaborate with scientists on publishing research findings

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in Particle or Nuclear Physics
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Experience in experimental particle and high-energy nuclear physics

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in C++, ROOT, and GEANT programming


  • Requires travel, including foreign travel
  • 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

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