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Research Scientist Nuclear Chemistry

Job ID JR100804 Date posted 01/11/2024

The Chemistry Division has a project-base opening for a researcher at the RS2 level to take a leading role in developing next-generation technologies for detection of neutrinos in underground detectors; in particular, to develop a new detector liquid, Water based Liquid scintillator (WbLS), that could be used in a new generation of large underground detectors.  Such a technology has now progressed from the benchtop to large scale demonstration at BNL.  This is a new initiative with opportunity for scientific leadership.  Simulation and R&D work towards a conceptual design for a detector for the Sanford Underground Research Facility is expected.  Opportunities also exist for participating/leading in various related research topics carried out by the Neutrino and Nuclear Chemistry group including involvement in dark matter search as well as generic liquid detector R&D for other frontiers. 

Brookhaven National laboratory and the Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate are committed to your success. We offer a supportive work environment and the resources necessary for you to succeed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leadership in commissioning and operating the large WbLS demonstrations (1-ton and 30-ton prototypes). 
  • Leadership in developing physics models for new detectors.
  • Leadership in characterization and development for WbLS R&D. 
  • Promoting and proposing new avenues of research for underground sensitive detectors. 


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in nuclear chemistry, nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, or related fields.
  • Research experience in radiation detection, nuclear instrumentation or low-level isotope analysis
  • Familiarity with scintillation detection including performance characterization and data analysis.
  • Leadership in ultrapure material (purification), metal-loading/-extracting chemistry, scale-up chemistry or underground physics for sensitive detection.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A minimum of 3-year postdoc or equivalent research in radiation detection, nuclear instrumentation or low-level isotope analysis.
  • Experience with water or liquid scintillator detector technology.
  • Experience with underground particle physics experiments. 
  • Experience and/or interest in detector electronics including photomultiplier tubes, readout electronics, and associated assembly. 
  • Experience in programming ability and proficiency with modern program language such as C++ and Python.

Brookhaven Laboratory is committed to providing fair, equitable and competitive compensation. The full salary range for this position is $93800 - $155650 /year. Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification, education and experience and considered with the internal peer group.

Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:

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