Fermilab, PIP II

4069 17782
Position ID:FNAL-PIP II-PIPRA [#17782]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate (PIP-II)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Physics, Experimental Particle Physics
Appl Deadline:2021/02/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/12/14, listed until 2021/02/15)
Position Description:    

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Open Date: December 11, 2020 Close Date: February 15, 2021

Fermilab seeks highly motivated candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position for the Proton Improvement Plan-II (PIP-II) project. PIP-II is an essential upgrade to the Fermilab accelerator complex that will deliver record-power proton beams to Fermilab complex accelerators and support current and future High Energy Physics experiments and programs, including the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (LBNF/DUNE). PIP-II includes a high-power H- 800-MeV Superconducting Linac (SC) and several upgrades to the Fermilab Accelerator Complex.

The selected candidate will work on the accelerator physics aspects of the design of the PIP-II project with a focus on numerical studies of the beam dynamics in the PIP-II SC linac and the Fermilab Booster. The selected candidate will be exposed to a broad range of physics and technical problems associated with the design and operation of the PIP-II SC linac and Fermilab circular accelerators. In addition, the candidate will contribute to the development of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based algorithms and their integration into beam tunning procedures and software. These methods are expected to play a major role in future operations of PIP-II and the Fermilab Accelerator Complex.

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

You Will

• Simulate the beam dynamics in the PIP-II SC linac and the Fermilab Booster using accelerator beam dynamic codes • Benchmark results of simulation of the beam dynamics in the Fermilab accelerators through comparison with experimental data, understand particle loss mechanisms, and develop mitigations • Apply knowledge of accelerator physics and use numerical simulations and analytical studies to develop specifications for PIP-II technical system • Explore ML/AI-based algorithms for accelerator applications. Develop physics-based AI/ML models and integrate them into commissioning and operational software. • Document results of the studies in comprehensive reports and presents them at meetings and conferences. • Work closely with the L3 manager for the Accelerator Physics, PIP-II physicists and engineers, and personnel from other departments to accomplish project goals. Qualifications and Essential Job Functions

• Ph.D. in Physics or Engineering with the focus on the particle accelerators or experimental particle physics • Demonstrated understanding of the beam dynamics in particle accelerators and their operational principles. • Possess strong team skills in a collaborative and transparent working environment • Experience with beam dynamics simulations, simulation codes, and development of accelerator lattice • Experience with ML/AI technologies desired • Knowledge of computer programming languages, Python and C/C++ desired • Respect, understand, and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity. • Abide by all environment, safety, and health regulations.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit via Academic Jobs Online: • Curriculum Vitae • Research Statement • Publication List • Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at the AJO site).


For general information about this position, please contact Eduard Pozdeyev at pozdeyev@fnal.gov with “PIP-II Research Associate Application” in the subject heading.

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer Underrepresented groups/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
PO Box 500, MS 116
Batavia, IL 60510

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