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Assistant Scientist – Neutrino Physics

Brookhaven National Laboratory is looking to recruit an Assistant Scientist for its Electronic Detector Group (EDG) in the Physics Department

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 30 Nov 2020
  • United States | Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Date posted: 23 Oct 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Electronics & semiconductors 

The Electronic Detector Group (EDG) in the Physics Department at BNL has great strength in the study of the physics of flavour 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 25 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 and detector design 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. The group has strong ties to the High Energy Theory Group and the Nuclear and Particle Physics Software Group as well as the Scientific Data and Computing Center and Computational Science Initiative.

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

The Physics Department has an opening for an Assistant Scientist. The candidate will be expected to take a leading role in activities of the group including the design, construction, analysis and development of DUNE, operation and analysis of SBN and opportunities to participate in the running and analysis of PROSPECT or analysis of Daya Bay or other flavor physics research. The candidate would be expected to expand or enhance the group’s capabilities in experimental neutrino physics. This position would be under the direction of Dr Steve Kettell.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities

  • PhD in experimental particle or nuclear physics.
  • Significant record of recent accomplishments in experimental physics.
  • Extensive experience in data analysis, detector simulation or detector development for particle physics experiments.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform research independently and as part of a research group.
  • Proficiency with common high-energy physics analysis tools.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Minimum of three years of postdoctoral experience.
  • Experience in instrumentation and development of scientific detector systems.
  • Experience with particle physics detectors, digital signal processing, detector simulation, event reconstruction and analysis of the data.
  • Experience with high-energy physics analysis tools such as ROOT, Geant4, and Python.
  • Experience with assembly, commissioning and analysis of neutrino experiments.
  • Solid programming skills.
  • Experience with grant applications.

Other information

  • Domestic and international travel is required.

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 programme includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical plans
  • Dental plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • 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, apply online at BNL Careers In addition to submitting your CV and cover letter of interest, please submit a research statement and arrange for three letters of recommendation (addressed to Dr Steven Kettell) be sent directly to The review of applications will continue until the search is completed.


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