Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science

Position ID:Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science-POSTDOCRELATIVISTICNSC1 [#24168, 97650]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Nuclear Physics / Nuclear Physics
Appl Deadline: (posted 2023/01/13, listed until 2023/07/13)
Position Description:    

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Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Nuclear Science Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the team.

In this role, you will work on novel non-silicon-based signal readout electronics for radiation detectors, e.g. germanium detectors, and the direct detection of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) light based on a similar concept. The candidate may also participate in the experiments that the research group is participating in, including the search for lepton number violation and related physics in the LEGEND-200 experiment or the direct neutrino-mass measurement in the KATRIN experiment.

What You Will Do:

  • Develop advanced signal readout electronics for radiation detectors, such as germanium detectors.

  • Develop a detection system for direct VUV photons, such as those from noble liquid scintillation.

  • Develop analysis software for neutrinoless double-beta decay or direct neutrino-mass measurements. 

  • Perform support for operations for the LEGEND-200 experiment.

  • Report results in professional settings.

  • Exercise independent judgment and contribute in an original manner at the professional level. 

  • Publish papers/reports in refereed journals, and make oral presentations of your own work.

  • Mentor undergraduate students in their research with the research group.

What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics, Astrophysics, Nuclear Engineering, or a related discipline within the last two years.

  • Experience with nuclear instrumentation or radiation detection.

  • Experience with programming and physics analysis.

  • Ability to work with a diverse range of people.

  • Ability to perform research independently and as part of a research group.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a research environment.

  • Relevant publication record demonstrating proficient written and oral presentation of scientific results.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of analog and digital electronics design and testing for radiation detectors.

  • Knowledge of advanced digital signal processing techniques.

  • Knowledge of cryogenic systems.

How To Apply:

Note that applications can only be made via this Academic Jobs Online URL. For inquiries please contact Kelly Rushing (

The following requested application materials listed below must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online:

  1. Curriculum vitae.

  2. A list of up to ten relevant publications, including contributions for multi-author publications.

  3. A statement describing current and future research interests (3-page limit excluding figures and references).

  4. A statement describing past activities and future interests in diversity, outreach and leadership (1 page maximum).

  5. Arrange to have 3 letters of reference submitted (at least one reference from outside LBNL/UC Berkeley).


The monthly salary range for this position is $4,636 - $6,257 and is expected to start at $5,954 or above. Postdoctoral positions are paid on a step schedule per union contract and salaries will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates. Each step represents one full year of completed post-Ph.D. postdoctoral experience.


  • This is a full-time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

  • 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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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:
email address
1 Cyclotron Rd
Berkeley, CA 94720