Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science

Position ID:Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science-RNCDIVISIONALFELLOW [#22418, 96486]
Position Title: Relativistic Nuclear Collisions Divisional Fellow
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / EIC, Nuclear Physics, QCD, ATLAS, electron-proton collisions, Experimental High Energy Physics, Experimental Particle Physics, Experimental Subatomic Physics, High energy density matter, Nuclear & Particle Experiment, Nuclear Experiment (nucl-ex), Particle Experiment (part-ex), Particle Physics Detectors and Instrumentation
Nuclear Physics / Deep Inelastic Scattering (DIS), Dense Quark Matter, High-Energy QCD, Parton Saturation, Nuclear Physics, Ultrarelativistic Heavy Ion Collisions
Appl Deadline:2022/10/16 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/08/19, listed until 2023/01/13)
Position Description:    

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The Nuclear Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has an opening for a Divisional Fellow in the Relativistic Nuclear Collisions program. A Divisional Fellow appointment is a prestigious career-track position with an accelerated schedule for career advancement, with the expectation of promotion to Senior Scientist after five years following a successful review. 


The Divisional Fellow in the Nuclear Science Division is is expected to take on a leadership role in advancing the research program of the Relativistic Nuclear Collisions program through a combination of leading original experimental research, developing and constructing new detectors, and taking responsibility for RNC-led projects in the area of Heavy Ion research and the Electron-Ion Collider program.

The RNC program focuses on experimental studies of jets, heavy flavor production, and fluctuations in particle production to understand properties of quark gluon plasma, and to elucidate the QCD phase structure at finite baryon density. Furthermore, the program played a crucial role in determining the spin structure of hadrons, and continues hadron structure studies using fixed-target electron scattering and e-A collisions.

Currently the RNC program has key roles in the STAR, sPHENIX and ALICE experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and the Large Hadron Collider. RNC scientists were responsible for the development of STAR’s Heavy Flavor Tracker, hold major responsibilities for the ALICE Inner Tracker System (ITS) upgrade, and the MAPS Vertex Detector (MVTX) for the sPHENIX. We are part of the physics program at Jefferson Lab, including the MOLLER experiment. The program has leadership roles in the physics program and detector design for experiments at the Electron Ion Collider, building upon our strong track record of instrumentation development and physics analyses.

What You Will Do:

  • Conduct original research and/or detector development to advance the DOE NP Heavy Ion Program (including the EIC); support and advance the core RNC program of physics, instrumentation, and R&D.

  • Exercises independent judgment and independently solves complex problems in an original manner using ingenuity, creativity, and advanced scientific principles at the professional level.

  • Publish papers and reports, present results to the broader community, and act as Principal Investigator on new proposals and projects.

  • Interact with a diverse range of scientists at the Lab and externally that are interested in the science, techniques, and opportunities arising from the work.

  • Provide supervision for more junior colleagues including technical support staff, post-docs, and students.

  • Contribute to other Division/Lab activities related to nuclear science.

  • Maintain a safe and working environment in the laboratory, consistent with the laboratory’s Core Values


What is Required:

  • Several years of relevant research and or professional experience (combined) beyond the customary highest degree (PhD) appropriate in nuclear physics or related field.

  • Extensive knowledge of nuclear science, especially in the areas of heavy-ion physics and/or related instrumentation.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaborate with and/or lead others in projects within a research environment.

  • Significant research accomplishments in physics and/or instrumentation as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications, scientific leadership, and scientific presentations.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Significant experience in detector design, construction, or related R&D for detectors relevant to nuclear physics.

  • Track record in developing new analysis techniques and/or detector technologies.

  • Experience within the development, design, implementation, and commissioning of particle detectors relevant to heavy-ion physics and/or the underlying technologies.



How To Apply:

For full consideration, please apply by midnight on October 16, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. For inquiries please contact the HR Division Partner, Kelly Rushing, at (  


The following requested application materials listed below must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online: 

1.  Cover Letter 

2.  Curriculum Vitae 

3.  Statement describing research interests 

4.  Publication List

5.  At least three letters of reference submitted online by the reference writers at this site.



  • This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), Career-Track (Term) appointment. The Career-Track (Term) position has the possibility of extension for up to five years and/or promotion to a Career appointment, based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs. 

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment. 

  • The primary location for this appointment will be the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA, with the possibility of a hybrid work schedule.

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1 Cyclotron Rd
Berkeley, CA 94720