Fermilab, Accelerator Division

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Position ID:FNAL-Accelerator Division-RAEBP [#16366]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Experimental Beam Physics)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Accelerator and Beam Physics, High Energy Physics
Appl Deadline:2020/09/09 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/05/20, finished 2021/03/13, listed until 2020/09/09)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Experimental Beam Physics)


We Are:

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

The Accelerator Division is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Proton Source Department. The selected candidate will work on H- ion source research and development and beam physics for Preacc and Linac.

Fermilab is developing an exciting H- source R&D program that will advance H- ion production. An experimental facility for research and development is available for testing improved sources. The test facility has been recently upgraded to match the operational systems.

The position is for a term of up to three (3) years, with the potential for extension considered on a yearly basis thereafter.

You Will

  • Be involved in the design, construction, commissioning and carrying out of physics experiments on H- ion sources at the experimental facility. The focus of the experiments will be developing a CW Penning ion source which would be compatible with current operations as well as the Proton Improvement Plan II (PIPII).
  • Conduct ion source modeling, simulation and experiments for beam dynamics in Preacc and Linac.
  • Interpret and publish experimental results.
  • Participate in H- source and Linac operations during High Energy Physics experiments.
  • 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 Accelerator Physics, High Energy Physics or related discipline by the time of the appointment
  • Strong record of recent accomplishments in experimental physics
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by presentations at conferences and a record of publication(s) in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated ability in engineering and mechanical design
  • Knowledge of high voltage and high vacuum systems is desired but not necessary.
  • Some programming experience (C, C++, Python or Java) and ability to learn how to run programs like SIMION and PBGuns
  • Ability to work with mechanical and electrical engineers and collaborate with other laboratories
  • Ability to work with and supervise technicians
  • Take initiative; be a self-starter
  • Knowledge of ion sources, accelerator operations, and accelerator component design preferred


Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit via Academic Jobs Online: 1) Cover letter, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) Research Statement, 4) Publication List and 5) Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at the AJO site).


For general information about this position, please contact Dan Bollinger at bollinger@fnal.gov

Physical Activity and Work Conditions

Human Factors: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Visually Demanding

Physical Factors: Confined Space, Ionizing Radiation, Oxygen Deficiency Hazard

Ability to work underground and to climb stairs


Diverse people. Diverse jobs. Great science.
Fermilab is America’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory.
Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/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
Batavia, IL 60510