Fermilab, Theory Division

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Position ID:FNAL-Theory-TRA [#20442]
Position Title: Research Associate (Theory Division / Particle Theory Department)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics / Theoretical Physics
Appl Deadline:2021/12/05 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/11/09, listed until 2021/12/05)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Open Date:     November 8, 2021 

Close Date:      December 5, 2021 

We Are

The Fermilab Theory Division/Particle Theory Department invites applications for postdoctoral Research Associate appointments in the Fall of 2022.  Postdoctoral research associates in the Fermilab Theory Division are appointed for three years.

Fermilab Theory postdocs are expected to perform self-directed theoretical research in particle physics on topics of their own choosing and are encouraged to work with members of the senior scientific staff and other postdocs within the Division. The Fermilab Particle Theory research program includes neutrino physics, perturbative QCD, lattice QCD, Higgs & flavor physics, collider phenomenology and physics beyond the standard model. Collaboration with members of the other two departments in the Theory Division (Astrophysics Theory and Quantum Theory) is encouraged and supported.

The Particle Theory Department has deep involvement in the Fermilab experimental program including neutrino experiments such as MicroBooNE, SBND, Icarus, and DUNE; the CMS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, in particularly through the LHC Physics Center; and experiments with muons: the anomalous magnetic moment and the search for muon-to-electron conversion. Theory Division members can be involved in any of these efforts as well as in the development of future projects.

The senior staff of the Particle Theory Department consists of John Campbell, Marcela Carena, Bogdan Dobrescu, Patrick Fox, Walter Giele, Roni Harnik, Christopher Hill, Stefan Höche, Andreas Kronfeld, Henry Lamm, Pedro Machado, Stephen Parke, Noemi Rocco, Ruth Van de Water, and Michael Wagman. The emeriti are William Bardeen, Estia Eichten, Boris Kayser, Paul Mackenzie, and Chris Quigg.

We Are Looking For

Candidates who have:

  • Obtained a Ph.D. (or expect to obtain a Ph.D. by September 1, 2022) in theoretical particle physics or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in theoretical particle-physics research.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to respect, understand, and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity.
  • Willingness to abide by all environment, safety, and health regulations.

Application Instructions:

Candidates should submit applications via Academic Jobs Online:


1) Curriculum Vitae,

2) List of publications,

3) Statement of research interests, and

4) Three or more letters of recommendation, submitted to AJO by the reference writers.

To learn more about members of the Particle Theory Department and the Theory Division, please visit https://theory.fnal.gov/.

For other general information about these positions, please contact Theory Division Administrative Assistant Olivia Vizcarra at olivia@fnal.gov.


Diverse people. Diverse jobs. Great science. 

All FRA employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation based on a medical condition/disability or a sincerely held religious belief. 

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes a diverse and inclusive environment based on mutual respect is critical to our mission. Fermilab is committed to recruiting and developing the most hardworking people and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, country of birth, geography/postal code, disability, marital status, parental or gestational status, or other non-merit factor. 

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:
Olivia Vizcarra
Theoretical Physics Group
PO Box 500, MS 106
Batavia, IL 60510

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