Fermilab, IARC

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Position ID:FNAL-IARC-IARCRA [#17289]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate (IARC)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics / Accelerator and Beam Physics
Appl Deadline:2020/11/18 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/10/22, listed until 2020/11/18)
Position Description:    

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IARC at Fermilab is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the field of accelerator technology. This position will play a key role in a project funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) on using electron beam technology to treat perfluorinated compounds (PFASs) in water. The focus in year one of this project is a detailed study of the breakdown of PFASs in water through a combination of experimental electron beam treatment and water radiolysis. Electron beam parameters defined in year one will be used in year two to determine the most energy efficient electron beam system for the process and in designing an electron beam accelerator as part of an overall water treatment system to break down PFASs. The successful candidate will utilize a developmental accelerator to perform electron beam irradiation experiments, and then in a team complete a conceptual design of an electron beam accelerator for treatment of PFASs.

This position is for a period of one (1) year, with the possibility of another year extension, subject to available funding.

You Will

• Be responsible for the following areas:

E-Beam Operations and Technology Development IARC houses a developmental accelerator (Accelerator Applications Development and Demonstration – A2D2) that can be used to conduct proof of concept studies for application development in support of a novel electron beam accelerator technology we are developing. Part of the job responsibilities will entail operations of this electron beam accelerator, as well as sample preparation and dosimetry. Experiments will include variations of PFAS concentration in water and a large range of irradiation doses and chemical additives.

Analysis and Design of E-beam Technology for Water Treatment

Based on the dose and power requirements from year one work, the research associate will develop a general set of specifications for each of the e-beam technologies that purport to provide the optimal performance for treating PFASs. This task will feed into a cost/risk/benefit matrix of the subject technologies. The research associate will help develop simple conceptual designs of complete accelerator systems for at least one of three technologies. The research associate will also use their findings to aid in a detailed, well-bounded, economic analysis of the actual implementation of each of the technologies. The study will address how each of the electron beam technologies may be inserted into the total process flow of a water treatment system and the process steps that may be eliminated, replaced, or complemented.

• Maintain current training related to work, keep a running log of results, discuss work in weekly status meetings, prepare peer reviewed publications, engage in protection of intellectual property, and present results at external meetings/conferences.

• Abide by and be responsible for performing all duties in accordance with all environmental, health, and safety regulations and practices pertinent to this position.

• Respect, understand, and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity.

We Are Looking For

• PhD in Physics or related field by the time of the appointment and must be within five (5) years of receipt of doctoral degree

• Knowledge and experience with the following tasks associated with the position:

• Accelerator operations

o Overseeing routine and novel accelerator experimental tests, ensuring they are conducted in accordance with all ES&H requirements

o Optimization of irradiation conditions to obtain desired result

o Dosimetry and dose mapping with radiochromic films

o Understanding the interaction of ionizing radiation with matter

• Accelerator technology

o Fundamentals of accelerator physics

o Knowledge of linear accelerator systems

o Computer aided modeling of accelerator components is beneficial

• Understanding of radiation driven chemical processes is beneficial

• Understanding of analytical chemistry is beneficial

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit via Academic Jobs Online:

1) Cover letter 2) Curriculum Vitae 3) Research Statement 4) Publication List 5) Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at the AJO site).


For general information about this position, please contact Charlie Cooper ccooper@fnal.gov

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

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
PO Box 500, MS 116
Batavia, IL 60510

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