Fermilab, Computational Science and Artificial Intelligence Directorate

5273 24334
Position ID:FNAL-CSAID-RACSAID [#24334]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics / Particle and Nuclear Physics
Appl Deadline:2023/05/19 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/02/15, listed until 2023/05/19)
Position Description:    

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

We Are:

Fermilab is America’s best in class 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!

You Will:

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (known as Fermilab) seeks highly qualified candidates for one Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Physics Simulation Department of the Computational Science and Artificial Intelligence Directorate. The Research Associate’s portfolio will include software development related to simulations of neutrino-nucleus interactions, with a particular emphasis on the needs of the Short Baseline Neutrino program. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to play a leading role in the MicroBooNE and SBND experiments, with substantial freedom to pursue physics results according to their interests. Candidates with suitable preparation may also devote a portion of their time to phenomenological studies relevant to Fermilab neutrino experiments.

Every effort will be made to help and guide a Fermilab Research Associate to design their own research program and maintain support so that they have the chance to produce physics results.

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

We Are Looking For:

  • Ph.D. in particle physics, nuclear physics, or another relevant subject by the time of the appointment. Candidates with experimental, theoretical, and/or computational backgrounds will be considered.
  • Proven experience in conducting independent scientific research
  • Programming experience in C++
  • Strong mathematical and analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Creative and independent problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to work collaboratively on a team with varied strengths
  • Dedication to respect, understand, and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity
  • Dedication to abide by all environment, safety, and health regulations

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience in developing physics event generators and/or other Monte Carlo simulation codes
  • Experience with collaborative software development tools (e.g., Git)
  • Research interest in neutrino-nucleus scattering and related phenomena

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit the following documents via Academic Jobs Online: 

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit the following documents via Academic Jobs Online: 


  • Curriculum Vitae including a list of selected publications
  • Research Statement
  • Programming Experience Statement: In no more than one page, please describe your familiarity and experience with computer programming in general and the C++ language in particular. This may include programming experience unrelated to academic research. Candidates are encouraged to optionally provide hyperlinks in this document to one or two samples of their prior programming work that are accessible online (e.g., in a code repository hosted by GitHub).
  • Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at the AJO site).

For general information about this position, please contact Steven Gardiner at gardiner@fnal.gov

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes a diverse and inclusive environment based on mutual respect is crucial to our mission. Fermilab is committed to recruiting and developing the most versatile 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:
PO Box 500, MS 116
Batavia, IL 60510