Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science

Position ID:Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science-ATAP [#9627, 84023]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar (Accelerator Tech-Applied Physics)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics / Physics
Appl Deadline: (posted 2017/08/29, listed until 2018/02/28)
Position Description:    

Postdoctoral Scholar (Accelerator Tech-Applied Physics) - 84023 Organization: AF-Accelerator Tech-Applied Phys

Position Summary: Berkeley Lab’s Accelerator Tech-Applied Physics Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar. The Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) center of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has one or more openings for a postdoctoral researcher. The primary responsibility is to perform experimental research in the areas of intense laser-plasma interactions, radiation production, and advanced accelerators for programmatic R&D activities and projects. The current research of the BELLA center is focused around experiments with 100, and 1000 TW-class Ti:sapphire laser systems and theory in support of the experiments. High-quality, GeV-class electron beams have been demonstrated at the laboratory over centimeter-scale acceleration distances. We are actively pursuing development of laser-plasma-based accelerators using the interaction of high-intensity, short-pulse lasers with underdense plasma, and the development of novel short-pulse THz, x-ray and gamma ray sources based on these accelerators. What You Will Do: • Perform experimental research in the area of ultra-high intensity laser interactions with plasmas, for programmatic R&D activities and projects related to ultra-high gradient laser driven acceleration of electrons, and applications including novel radiation sources. Projects may include Thomson scattering sources of MeV photons. • Operate an ultrafast, multi-terawatt laser system, design and construct experimental hardware and control software, and execute experiments and data analysis in a safe and timely manner. What Is Required: • Recent Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or Physics. • Demonstrated experience in experiments on laser driven acceleration of electrons, and the building, operation and use of multi-terawatt, short pulse laser systems. • Knowledge, as demonstrated by a strong publication record, in the physics of laser-plasma interactions. • Demonstrated experience with radiation generation and detection. • Experience with various diagnostics (e.g., spectrometers, detectors, CCD cameras, etc.), ability to write small programs for data processing and experimental control (e.g. LabVIEW). The posting shall remain open until the position is filled. Notes: • This is a full time, 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree. • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay. • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes. • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates. • 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. • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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