Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Physics

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Position Title: LZ Analysis Project Scientist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics / Physics
Appl Deadline: (posted 2018/08/08, listed until 2018/12/31)
Position Description:    

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Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division has an opening for a LZ Analysis Project Scientist.  In this role, you will lead data analysis efforts for the LZ direct detection experiment.  Additionally, you will lead LZ physics analysis efforts at LBNL, provide support for related simulation and data processing work, and develop software to exploit the capabilities at NERSC and other platforms within the collaboration.


What You Will Do:

  • Provide scientific and technical expertise required towards the commissioning, operations and data analysis of the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment.

  • Collaborate with LBNL physicists and students and other collaboration members to develop data production, Monte-Carlo simulations and analysis code leading to physics results.

  • Act as point of contact between the LZ collaboration and the computing infrastructure at NERSC. Develop and maintain tools and methods to optimize use of NERSC resources for LZ.

  • Exercise independent judgment and contributes in an original manner at the professional level.

  • Independently solve complex problems using ingenuity, creativity, and advanced scientific principles.

  • Prepare and present material for LZ Project and Operations reviews and collaboration meetings

  • Collaborate locally with students and visitors as well as LBNL staff, and remotely with collaborating institutes working on related projects.

  • Publish papers and/or make reports or oral presentations of the above-mentioned work.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Participate in LZ experiment shift duties.

  • Development of techniques and detectors for subsequent dark matter experiments, such as G3 efforts.

What is Required:

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in High Energy or Nuclear Physics or equivalent related experience.

  • At least 3 years of experience in High Energy Physics or Nuclear Physics software development and analysis.

  • Experience with physics data analysis strategies and large data collections.

  • Proficiency with computing programing languages (C++ and python) required.

  • Ability to work effectively with LBNL and collaboration scientists; showing initiative and judgment in developing solutions.

  • Demonstrated ability to assume a leadership role, ability to grasp complex problems and develop solutions, and possess in-depth background in scientific analysis.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in presentations and in written documents.

  • Experience in presenting scientific work through formal and informal reports and presentations; relevant publication record.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with dark matter detectors, low background experiments and noble liquid microphysics.

  • Experience in any of the following areas: GAUDI framework, the ROOT software framework, job scheduling, batch system operation, data management, NERSC computing environment, and GEANT.

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

  1. Curriculum Vitae.

  2. Cover Letter.

  3. Statement of Interests.

  4. 3 Letters of reference (to be uploaded on AJO by referee).

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on November 30, 2018.


  • This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 3 year, Term appointment.  This position has the possibility of extension based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • 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. and at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, in Lead, South Dakota.

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Application Materials Required:
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