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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Fermilab is looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate 

  • Closing date: 04 Nov 2020
  • United States | Fermilab
  • Date posted: 14 Oct 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Computational science & software engineering 

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (known as Fermilab) seeks highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position focusing on instabilities in high-power proton beams.

Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the US Department of Energy. We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and South Dakota and at locations around the world, including Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole.

Successful delivery of intensity frontier science at Fermilab requires MW class particle beams. For these beams to be delivered reliably and with minimal losses, it is essential that the particle bunches remain stable.

Fermilab, an established world leader in research of beam instabilities, initiated a new dedicated research programme investigating beam instabilities in rings. The research will characterize particle bunch instabilities in the presence of varying space charge and varying wake amplitudes. This will include an experimental programme, which makes use of Fermilab’s existing accelerator complex, along with a set of complementary simulations.

The position is for a period of up to three years, with the potential for extension considered on a yearly basis thereafter.

You will

  • Perform accelerator studies focusing on beam instabilities.
  • Contribute to development of hardware to excite, control and measure beam instabilities.
  • Use accelerator codes such as Synergia or PyHEADTAIL to simulate beam instabilities.
  • Travel to conferences and present reports on your work.
  • Abide by all environment, safety and health regulations.

Qualifications and essential job functions

  • PhD in experimental physics or engineering.
  • Knowledge of accelerator and computational physics is preferred.
  • Respect, understand and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity.

Application instructions

Interested candidates should submit via Academic Jobs Online:

  • Cover letter.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Research statement.
  • Publication list.
  • Three reference letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at the AJO site).

For general information about this position, please contact Rob Ainsworth at


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