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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job ID 2407 Date posted 01/19/2021

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Organizational Overview

The Physics Department is strongly involved in the realization of an Electron Ion Collider (EIC), a facility that will advance the long-term vision for Nuclear Physics. In December 2019 the US Department of Energy (DOE) gave green light to the EIC project by declaring critical decision CD-0 (“mission need”) and selecting Brookhaven National Laboratory as the site to host the EIC. The realization of such a facility is of highest priority for the QCD community in the US. The BNL Cold QCD group has been playing a major role in developing the EIC science case as well as developing EIC detector concepts and integrating the physics requirements into the EIC interaction region design.

Position Description

The Cold QCD group at BNL’s Physics Department has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position that will be a two (2) year term position with the possibility of extending to a third year. The selected candidate is expected to have a leading role in paving the way to a successful program on the spatial partonic imaging of a proton at the EIC.

We plan to quantify the expected EIC impact in disentangling contributions from various partonic flavors to the generalized parton distribution functions (GPDs) and assess the feasibility of extracting the energy-momentum tensor, that encodes how gravity couples to matter and generates fundamental properties such as mass and spin. We also aim to carefully evaluate the requirements in terms of luminosity and kinematic reach that will drive the EIC detector design. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the code development for a novel Monte Carlo generator of hard exclusive processes, based on available and upcoming GPD models, featuring first and second order initial- and final-state radiative effects
  • Help with encoding different models into common platforms like the PARTONS framework
  • Perform impact studies based on the extraction of GPDs by performing a global analysis of current and future measurements of hard exclusive processes in e+p scattering
  • Work with detector-response simulation software is also envisioned
  • Close interaction with all our collaborators will be essential for progress on all aspects of this program. The person selected will work closely with collaborators at NCBJ-Warsaw (Poland), CEA-Saclay (France), Mainz University (Germany), Zagreb University (Croatia) and the Stony Brook University
  • Travel to NCJB-Warsaw [for up to 4 month/year] and CEA-Saclay [2 weeks/year] is expected  
  • The selected candidate is expected to present results at meetings, conferences as well as contribute in writing research proposal and publish his/her work on peer-reviewed journals

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in Physics
  • Strong experience in nuclear physics phenomenology and in scientific computing
  • Understanding of the software development paradigms in the field of nuclear / high-energy physics
  • Strong background in C++ programming is required

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Active experience in the field of partonic imaging and GPDs
  • Familiarity with the phenomenology of exclusive processes
  • Familiarity with MC generators and/or global fitting procedures
  • Experience with PARTONS and/or other similar software frameworks 


  • Initial 2-year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding
  • When applying for a position, please provide the name and email addresses of at least 3 references
  • 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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