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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Physics

Job ID 1401 Date posted 08/13/2018

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 has an opening for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (two-year term) in the Instrumentation Systems Group. This group is responsible for the design, construction, installation, maintenance, commissioning and operation of instrumentation used to measure many different species and energies of particle beams in the injectors, the Booster and Alternating Gradient synchrotrons, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and at auxiliary facilities including the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory and the Radioisotope Production Facility.   The group also develops instrumentation for new facilities and projects including for electron cooling, coherent electron cooling and for a future electron ion collider.   The group consists of five interconnected subgroups: Beam Diagnostics and Control, Systems Integration, Accelerator Components and Instrumentation, Laser Systems and (both electrical and mechanical) Technical Support. The successful candidate will participate in the above and in instrumentation development for existing facilities and future accelerators. 

  • Ph.D. in High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Instrumentation for Particle and Nuclear Physics or Accelerator Physics

  • Solid foundation in scientific instrumentation/diagnostics design and integration

  • Experience with laboratory instrumentation, simulations and testing

  • Demonstrated ability to perform research independently and as part of a research group

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in electronics and development of scientific detector
  • Experience in Particle Studio simulation, circuit analysis
  • Familiarity with instrumentation control software development, data acquisition and data analysis based on C/C++, Python, or Matlab for example
  • Experience with advanced software and computing techniques
  • Experience with design of instrumentation/diagnostics for particle accelerators


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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