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Research Associate in Experimental Neutrino Physics

Job ID 3271 Date posted 07/05/2022

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Organizational Overview

The position is in Electronic Detector Group (EDG) in the Physics Department at BNL. EDG has great strength in the study of the physics of flavor and an extensive history in kaon, muon and neutrino experiments and recent research in heavy flavor physics with the Belle II experiment. EDG physicists have major responsibilities in several neutrino experiments: the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) and its prototype (ProtoDUNE), the short-baseline neutrino program (SBN includes MicroBooNE, SBND, and ICARUS), Daya Bay and PROSPECT. The EDG currently has twenty-five physicists at various career levels and a long history of research in fundamental particle physics. In collaboration with the Instrumentation Division, the group performs research and development in electronics, detector design, and event reconstruction for liquid-argon TPCs (LArTPC). In collaboration with the BNL Chemistry Department, the group performs research and development on water-based liquid scintillator and reactor neutrino experiments. In collaboration with the Computational Science Initiative, we develop new software and computing to advance intensity frontier research. 

Position Description

The Physics Department has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to take a leading role in developing next-generation LArTPC technology for detection of very high energy neutrinos in the forward region of the LHC.  This is a new initiative with opportunity for scientific leadership.  Simulation and R&D work towards a conceptual design for a detector for the forward physics facility is excepted.  Opportunities also exist for participating/leading in various related research topics carried out by the group including involvement in current LArTPC experiments such as ICARUS/SBND and generic liquid argon R&D.  This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Developing physics models for the neutrino flux from the LHC.  Simulation of interactions of these neutrinos in the proposed detectors.  
  • Developing advanced detector simulation, automated event reconstruction, and data analysis techniques for LArTPC. 
  • Furthering our understanding of neutrino interactions and validating detector performance with data from running neutrino experiments or prototype detectors.  

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in experimental particle, nuclear physics or related fields.  
  • Strong programming ability and proficiency with modern program language such as C++ and Python.  
  • Familiarity with detector simulation, event reconstruction, and physics analysis.  
  • Demonstrated ability to perform research independently and as part of a research group.  
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication and interpersonal and analytical skills.  
  • Demonstrated track record of publication of research in high quality peer-reviewed journals and delivery of presentations. 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with noble liquid detector technology and tracking calorimeter technology (e.g. LArTPC) 
  • Experience with accelerator experiments or collider physics   
  • Experience in physics data analysis (e.g. statistical analysis) 
  • Experience and/or interest in detector electronics 

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • In your electronic application submission, please include (in one document) a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief description of research interests. After electronic submission of application, applicants should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent electronically to PhysicsLOR@bnl.gov
  • BNL policy requires that after obtaining a PhD, eligible candidates for research associate appointments may not exceed a combined total of 5 years of relevant work experience as a post-doc and/or in an R&D position, excluding time associated with family planning, military service, illness, or other life-changing events. 
  • Initial 2 -year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding  

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, Dental, and Vision Care Plans 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave) 
  • 401(k) Plan 
  • Flexible Work Arrangements 
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs 
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis) 

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

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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