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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Fermilab has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 11 May 2021
  • United States | Fermilab
  • Date posted: 14 Apr 2021
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Optics, lasers & photonics 

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (known as Fermilab) seeks highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate focusing on beam-cooling technology.

Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. 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.

In the high-intensity beams of modern accelerators, the ability to increase or maintain beam density and lifetime is essential. Historically, this has required the development and application of a variety of beam-cooling concepts and technologies to facilitate particle accumulation, higher luminosity and to counteract diffusive (heating) effects, such as intrabeam scattering, Touschek scattering and residual-gas scattering. One of the greatest conceptual and technological triumphs in this area was Van der Meer’s Nobel-Prize-winning Stochastic Cooling. Extension of the stochastic cooling principle to optical frequencies and bandwidths could increase cooling rates by three to four orders of magnitude.

Fermilab, an established world leader in research of beam cooling technology, initiated a new dedicated research program pursuing the first demonstration of Optical Stochastic Cooling (OSC). The central purpose of this program is a multiple order-of-magnitude advance in the state of the art for particle-beam cooling and control. This will be accomplished by the complete demonstration of an operational optical stochastic cooling system with >1000x optical-power gain and an additional ~60x increase in the density of transverse sensing and feedback. This will include an experimental program, which makes use of Fermilab’s Integrable Optics Test Accelerator (IOTA), 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 cooling.
  • Contribute to development of a high-bandwidth, low-delay optical parametric amplifier and its use in the amplified-OSC experiment in IOTA.
  • 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.
  • Laboratory experience with the design, construction and operation of optical parametric amplifiers 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 Alexander Valishev at (

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Underrepresented groups/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply.


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