Fermilab, Accelerator Division

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Position ID:FNAL-Accelerator Division-MARSSIMLEAD [#24121, 006429]
Position Title: MARS Simulation Lead
Position Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / Accelerator Physics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics
Appl Deadline:2023/03/10 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/01/06)
Position Description:   URMs  

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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 at locations around the world, including deep underground mines in South Dakota and Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole. 

We are strategic risk takers, innovators, and collaborators. We are engineers, scientists, technicians, administrative professionals. We are 1,800 employees advancing knowledge for the benefit of humankind. Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 40 years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible. We collect and analyze the data from those experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world. We conduct this research on a 6,800-acre prairie, 35 miles outside Chicago, a treasure that has been designated a National Environmental Research Park. 

MARS Group Lead The Target Systems Department of the Fermilab Accelerator Directorate seeks an individual to become the successor for MARS Group Lead. The successful candidate will ultimately be able provide intellectual leadership for the MARS code, as well as management of the group members and their technical activities. The Target System Department consists of physicists, engineers, and technicians involved with the design, construction, operation, maintenance, upgrades of all the high-powered target facilities at Fermilab: Mu2e, NuMI, LBNF, Short Baseline Neutrino (SBN), and Muon g-2. These facilities include targets, focusing elements, beam windows, collimators/baffles, decay pipes, beam absorbers, and remote handling equipment needed for maintenance and replacement of components. 

The MARS Group is responsible for the MARS suite of particle cascade simulation, which is applied broadly for radiological calculations, particle production, detector design, and thermomechanical design. 

The MARS group has three major functions: 
(1) Development of the MARS code 
(2) Application of the MARS code, and 
(3) Deployment and support of the MARS code to users. 

You Will
  • Provide leadership for the development and deployment of the MARS code within Fermilab and to users. 
  • Develop a long-term strategy. 
  • Participate in the world-wide community of particle cascade simulations. 
  • Be responsive to new physics processes and incorporate new physics results. 
  • Deploy the MARS code to users internal and external to Fermilab. 
  • Develop documentation, training, and support methods for users. 
  • Employ modern computing techniques to the internals of the MARS code, its execution, user interface, and data products. 
  • Interface with accelerator simulation and other external codes. 
  • Supervise a group of scientists and computer professionals to develop MARS and perform calculations for particular applications. 
  • Provide for the professional development and administrative direction of employees. 
  • Provide technical direction and work assignments, supervise work, and provide feedback. 
  • Hire new employees. 
  • Work with scientists, engineers, safety professionals, and project managers to coordinate efforts to provide effective simulations. 
  • Collaboratively refine requirements, develop workplans, and negotiate for resources. 
  • Assist in the development of cost estimates, as well as the monitoring of budgetary obligations. 
  • Participate in research, operations, and projects of relevance within Fermilab. 
  • Produce peer-reviewed publications. 
  • Serve on Laboratory committees and those of professional organizations. 
  • May lecture and teach in schools and workshops. 
  • Abide by and responsible for performing all duties in accordance with all environmental, health and safety regulations and practices pertinent to this position. 

We Are Looking For
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) in accelerator physics, particle physics, or nuclear physics / engineering, or relevant discipline, with a minimum of six years of relevant experience. 12+ years of experience, including technical supervision, is preferred. 
  • Must have demonstrated scientific leadership in accelerator physics, particle physics, or relevant discipline. 
  • A record of scientific accomplishments, publications, and other products of research is required. 
  • Experience developing strategy for a group is preferred. 
  • Must have ability to supervise and mentor a group of individuals, including postdocs. 
  • Must have experience of assigning and tracking the work activities of others. 
  • Experience in the hiring of individuals is preferred. 
  • Experience with the properties of fundamental particles and their interactions with materials is required. 
  • Extensive knowledge of hadroproduction and other processes in particle cascades is preferred. 
  • Must have experience performing simulations and comparisons with data. 
  • Experience with Monte Carlo codes for particle cascade simulation is preferred. 
  • Must have experience with large-scale simulation or data analysis. 
  • Knowledge of data management techniques and tools is preferred. 
  • Knowledge of modern computational techniques and code management are preferred. 
  • Experience in practices of radiation protection and hazard evaluation is preferred. 
  • Experience with particle physics detectors or accelerator beam instrumentation is preferred. 
  • Experience with accelerator physics and techniques is preferred. 
  • Ability to make competitive proposals, secure funding, and manage the finances of small projects is preferred.
  • Experience with the formulation and tracking of budgets is preferred. 
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including the preparation and delivery of papers, reports, and presentations, is required. 
  • Must uphold Fermilab’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. 
  • Demonstrated contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion are preferred. 
  • The potential to contribute to Fermilab and broader scientific community in a way commensurate with being a permanent member of the Fermilab scientific staff is preferred. 

Physical Activity and Work Conditions: Human Factors: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Tight Work Schedule, Visually Demanding. Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time. Ability and willingness to occasionally work beyond the normal workday and on weekends during critical periods. 

Application Instructions: 
Application Deadline: March 10, 2023

Candidates should submit the following via Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/24121
  • Cover letter 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Statement of research, management, and plans for the MARS code and group 
  • The names of at least five references who will be asked to provide letters of support 

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes a diverse and inclusive environment based on mutual respect is essential to our mission. Fermilab is committed to recruiting and developing the most hardworking people and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, country of birth, geography/postal code, disability, marital status, parental or gestational status, or other non-merit factor.

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Further Info:
PO Box 500
Batavia, IL 60510