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Experimental High Energy/Nuclear Physicist

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a vacancy for an Experimental High Energy/Nuclear Physicist

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 28 Feb 2021
  • United States | Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Date posted: 09 Feb 2021
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Nuclear, fusion & energy  | Accelerators, neutron & light sources 


The Physics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking to fill a senior R&D position in the Fundamental Physics Section, Relativistic Nuclear Physics Group for work on experiments in ultra-relativistic nuclear collisions at the Large Hadron Collider and/or electron-ion reactions at the future Electron Ion Collider. This is a full-time position based on site at ORNL. Key activities include providing leadership within ORNL and within the scientific community in the analysis and publication of physics results from on-going experiments, operation of existing experimental systems, and development of detectors and physics programs for future experiments.

Major duties and responsibilities

As part of our research team, you will:

  • Collaborate with ORNL Relativistic Nuclear Physics team members in the design, proposal, funding, development, and construction of new experiments and new detector systems.
  • Lead the investigation and development of proposed agendas for future research initiatives.
  • Guide and manage physics analysis team efforts on existing experiments.
  • Coordinate the analysis of data from existing experiments and guide the publication of physics results, in concert with group members and international collaborators.
  • Represent the ORNL Relativistic Nuclear Physics Group at DOE scientific or project reviews, meetings with Long Range Planning Committees, and at scientific meetings and conferences as needed.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, and health regulations.

Basic qualifications

  • A PhD in nuclear physics or in a closely related discipline (e.g. nuclear chemistry or particle physics) with a minimum of six years of experience past PhD conferral.

Preferred qualifications

  • An excellent record of leadership in relativistic nuclear physics, including notable publications in peer-reviewed journals and invited presentations at major conferences in the field.
  • A leader in innovative detector technology and successful experience in large-scale detector projects.
  • A creative and productive member in the international nuclear physics community with proven skills in team leadership and personnel organization.

Special requirements

Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to Please include the title of the position in the subject line.

This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.

This position will remain open for a minimum of five days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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If you have trouble applying for a position, please e-mail

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.


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