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Research Physicist

Job ID 3620 Date posted 02/14/2023

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Organizational Overview

The Cold QCD Group in the Physics Department at BNL is focused on the cold QCD / spin program at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the world’s only polarized proton collider. With the recent successful completion of the STAR Forward Upgrade, we have built a strong physics program around the multidimensional structure of the proton and related topics of Quantum Chromodynamics. The group is closely linked to the operation of the STAR experiment with responsibilities of several subsystems, specifically the Forward Calorimeters and global detectors. In addition, we provide the online support for the Polarimeters which is vital for the success of the whole RHIC program. We also have close connections to the local theory group as well as the Collider/Accelerator Department and serve as host for many students and postdocs from collaborating universities, during RHIC operations and beyond. BNL has been chosen as the site for the construction of the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) and the group has close ties to the experimental part of the EIC Project.

Position Description

The Cold QCD Group in the Physics Department has an opening for a scientist to join the ongoing efforts in the RHIC Cold QCD program. You will be expected to take a leading role in the activities of the group with responsibilities in the STAR collaboration and the RHIC polarimeters. We have recently collected significant data sets with polarized high-energy proton collisions and expect to continue to collect more in the upcoming years with a wide range of unique observables and possible analyses. In addition, you will have the opportunity to mentor and train students and postdocs in an international and multicultural environment, which will be growing from RHIC to EIC in the near future.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participation in the RHIC cold QCD program in the STAR experiment and the RHIC polarimeters
  • Development and performance of analysis methods for experimental data
  • Presentation and publication of research results
  • Provide guidance and work with  students and postdocs from collaborating universities

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in nuclear or particle physics, or related field
  • At least 2 years of postgraduate related research experience
  • Knowledge of particle detector concepts
  • Experience with programming languages and computing algorithms (C++, Root or other object oriented environments)
  • Ability to lead a team and work in a large international collaboration
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills
  • Research experience demonstrated through a record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Ability to maintain a safe and respectful workplace environment

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with high energy hadron collider or fixed target experiments
  • Experience with physics event generator and detector simulations
  • Experience with hadron polarimetry techniques


  • Domestic and international travel can be expected
  • Please express your interest via electronic application including cover letter, CV, and Research Statement as Word documents or PDF.
  • Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to with a subject line referring to this job posting (Req#XXXX) and cc: Oleg Eyser (

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)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 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 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.

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