Fermilab, Accelerator Division

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Position ID:FNAL-Accelerator Division-ADRA [#22290, 005818]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Engineering, Experimental Physics
Appl Deadline:2022/10/05 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/08/09, listed until 2022/10/05)
Position Description:    

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

We are strategic risk takers, innovators, and collaborators. We are engineers, scientists, technicians, administrative professionals. We are 1,800 employees advancing knowledge for the benefit of humankind. Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 40 years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible. We collect and analyze the data from those experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world. We conduct this research on a 6,800-acre prairie, 35 miles outside Chicago, a treasure that has been designated a National Environmental Research Park. 

This position is open for relocation. 

Fermilab’s Accelerator Division seeks candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Accelerator Research Department (ARD). You will develop next-generation concepts and technologies that will power the future of accelerator-based science. 

Fermilab is a world leader in accelerator science and technology. The Integrable Optics Test Accelerator (IOTA) storage ring is the centerpiece of the Fermi Accelerator Science and Technology (FAST) facility, an R&D facility with a broad portfolio of research topics on the intensity and energy frontiers of high-energy physics. Our programs at IOTA/FAST include the development of nonlinear integrable optics and electron lenses for next-generation, high-intensity storage rings; quantum science with individual relativistic electrons and ion crystals; photon science and inverse free-electron lasers; and optical-bandwidth beam cooling and control. 

As a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the ARD, you will be a leading contributor to the Optical Stochastic Cooling (OSC) R&D program and will have growth opportunities in other areas of the IOTA/FAST research program as well. OSC is an optical-regime extension of the Nobel-Prize-winning Stochastic Cooling, a beam-cooling technique that enabled the era of proton-antiproton colliders and the resulting discoveries of the W and Z bosons and the top quark. Your work will build upon the world’s first demonstration of OSC, which was carried out efficiently at IOTA in 2021 and recently published in Nature. You will help design, construct and operate a new OSC system that integrates high-gain optical amplification (>1000x) into the OSC process. 

The new OSC system will also be combined with methods in machine/reinforcement learning to establish novel capabilities in beam control. Success in this program will advance the state of the art in beam cooling by multiple orders of magnitude and establish the foundation for engineering future operational OSC systems at colliders and other accelerator facilities. 

You will: 
• Support the conceptual and hardware designs of the amplified OSC system. 
• Support the development and testing of a high-bandwidth, low-delay optical parametric amplifier and its use in the amplified-OSC experiment in IOTA. 
• Publish the results of your work in peer-reviewed journals. 
• Travel to scientific conferences and describe the OSC program and results to the broader accelerator-science community. • Abide by all environment, safety and health regulations. 
• Contribute effectively within a diverse workforce and uphold Fermilab’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

We Are Looking For: 
• Ph.D. in Experimental Physics or Engineering with your degree completed by the time of the appointment. 
• Laboratory experience in accelerator science and technology is preferred. 
• Research experience with optics, especially nonlinear optical techniques (e.g. SHG, DFG, OPA, OPG, OPO, WLC) is preferred. 
• Experience in computational modeling and machine/reinforcement learning is desirable. 

Application Instructions: 
Interested candidates should submit their application package via Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22290): 
• A cover letter with a brief statement of your research interests 
• A curriculum vitae, including a list of publications 
• At least three letters of reference (to be submitted by the reference writers at the AJO site). 

For general information about this position, please contact Jonathan Jarvis at (jjarvis@fnal.gov). 

FRA encourages all employees to be fully vaccinated and boosted to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and to mitigate against severe illness from infection. Upon employment with FRA, all employees must state their vaccination status. Please note that all vaccination and testing requirements are subject to change. Testing of unvaccinated employees may be required for Fermilab site access, depending on community transmission levels.

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes a diverse and inclusive environment based on mutual respect is essential 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.

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Further Info:
 
Fermilab
PO Box 500
Batavia, IL 60510