Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Physics

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Position ID:LBNLPhysics-Physics-CMBSTAFFSCIENTIST [#19991, 94020]
Position Title: Cosmic Microwave Background Staff Scientist
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics / Astrophysics (astro-ph)
Appl Deadline:2021/12/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/10/08, finished 2022/06/18, listed until 2022/02/18)
Position Description:    

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

The Physics Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) invites applications from scientists with a record of substantial accomplishment and creative ability for one or more Staff Scientist positions in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) experimental group. The appointment may be either career-track or career, depending on seniority.   The career-track Staff Scientist position is a five-year appointment with the expectation of promotion to a career position as Staff Scientist.  Applicants should have demonstrated leadership and original achievements in research. We welcome all applicants with exceptional promise to advance the art of experimentation in CMB science;  expertise in instrumentation, especially related to the design, construction and operation of microwave telescopes, optics, detectors, readout and related technologies is desirable.

The Staff Scientist is expected to play a leading role in her/his scientific field and will be encouraged to contribute to research that may enable transformational advances or new opportunities in LBNL’s CMB research program.  LBNL has a long tradition of pioneering work developing new detectors, devices, and methods for fundamental physics.  LBNL has been selected by the Department of Energy to lead the CMB-S4 project (, a next generation experiment with multiple telescopes and 500,000 cryogenic superconducting detectors with the potential to transform the field.

What You Will Do:

  • Co-lead CMB-S4 small-aperture telescope efforts of CMB group members, in particular those aligned with LBNL’s project responsibilities, e.g., cryostat receiver design, prototyping, fabrication, integration and verification.

  • Co-lead CMB-S4 detector and readout activities.

  • Actively organize the LBNL small-aperture telescope L2 team, coordinating efforts with the team including LBNL engineers and collaborators outside LBNL.

  • Play a leading role in CMB-S4 detector fabrication, testing and qualification activities;

  • Take an active role in the execution and development of the Physics Division research program.

  • Actively support LBNL’s IDEA initiative and goals, and participate in outreach efforts.

What is Required:

  • Five years of experience in research including two or more years of relevant professional experience beyond the Ph.D. or equivalent in physics or related field at the time of employment.

  • Experience working with experimental particle physics/cosmology data.

  • Extensive experience writing research papers and giving seminars and conference presentations and summarizing broader areas of physics.

  • Published record of excellence in physics research.

  • Demonstrated ability in experimental physics research, with a strong record of research accomplishments.

  • Ability to work as a team member to accomplish CMB Group research goals.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience.

  • Experience developing and managing scientific software.

  • Proficiency in developing and managing scientific software.

How to Apply:

For inquiries please contact Kelly Rushing ( For full consideration all application materials must be submitted by December 15, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled. 

Requested application materials:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV).

  • Publication list.

  • Statement describing research interests (3 pages maximum, not including references).

  • Statement describing outreach, diversity and inclusion, and leadership activities and interests (1 page maximum).

  • Arrange for at least five letters of reference to be submitted via the Academic Jobs Online URL above, with at least four external to LBNL/UC Berkeley, and at least one from outside of the USA. 


  • The career-track Staff Scientist position is a five-year full time appointment with the expectation of promotion to a career position as Staff Scientist based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs. 

  • The appointment may be either career-track or career, depending on seniority.   

  • 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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Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

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