Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science

Position ID:Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science-STAFFSCIENTIST2023 [#24965, 98836]
Position Title: Applied Physicist Staff Scientist, Radiation Detection and Imaging
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Nuclear Physics / Nuclear Physics, Radiation detection, Radiation imaging, Nuclear engineering
Appl Deadline:2023/07/18 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/06/06, finished 2024/01/10, listed until 2023/12/06)
Position Description:    

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

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Nuclear Science Division has an opening for an Applied Physicist Staff Scientist, Radiation Detection and Imaging to join the team.

In this exciting role, you will have the opportunity to lead the development of technologies and methods for radiation detection and imaging in the Nuclear Science Division. You are expected to establish and lead programs in the development and implementation of radiation detection systems and data processing algorithms relevant to medicine, basic research, and/or national security. Work will be embedded in ongoing efforts at the Applied Nuclear Physics program and Nuclear Science Division at LBNL in close association with projects in the Nuclear Engineering Department at UC Berkeley.

What You Will Do:

  • Conduct original research in basic and applied research areas. Support ongoing efforts in the development and demonstration of new and improved radiation detection concepts in basic research experiments and national security.

  • Establish and lead new initiatives in the development of novel algorithms and methods for processing of radiological and contextual data.  Develop new research areas based on the use of machine learning methods for radiation detection and imaging.

  • Contribute to other group activities and new division and lab-wide initiatives. 

  • Independently solve complex problems using ingenuity, creativity, and advanced scientific principles.

  • Interact with a diverse range of scientists interested in the science, techniques, and opportunities arising from the work.

  • Publish papers, reports, and act as Principal Investigator on new proposals and projects.

  • Directly supervise other professionals, technical support staff, and or students.

  • Mentor students and postdoctoral researchers in their research at LBNL and UC Berkeley.

  • Deliver presentations of original work to Division and Lab Management as well as the broader scientific community.

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

Additional Responsibilities for Career Level:

  • Establish and lead new programs in basic and applied research areas. 


  • Five years of experience in research including two or more years of relevant professional experience beyond the Ph.D. or equivalent in nuclear instrumentation or radiation detection, nuclear engineering, experimental nuclear or particle physics.

  • Proven record of conducting independent research and ability to summarize scientific data for publication and presentation.

  • Demonstrated expertise in modern radiation detection techniques and basic nuclear physics concepts.

  • Demonstrated expertise in radiation imaging techniques.

  • Expertise in algorithm development, including the use of modern machine learning methods.

  • The ability to independently solve complex problems using ingenuity, creativity, and advanced scientific principles.

  • Ability to serve as project or group leader

  • Capable of leading independent research and development work.

  • Capable of preparing and presenting proposals, obtaining funding, performing corresponding independent research.

  • Effective communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a diverse and multidisciplinary team.

  • Ability to interact professionally with staff within the Division, Laboratory and at other laboratories, including Physicists and Engineers.

Additional Requirements for Career Level:

  • Ph.D. plus 5 years of research experience in nuclear instrumentation or radiation detection, nuclear engineering, experimental nuclear or particle physics.

  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience within a research environment.

How To Apply:

For full consideration, please apply by midnight on July 18, 2023, but the position will remain open until filled. For inquiries please contact Dr. Reynold Cooper ( 

Requested Application Materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Statement of research experience and interests.

  • At least three letters of reference submitted online by the reference writers at this site, with at least two external to LBNL/UC Berkeley, and at least one from outside the USA

  • Statement describing your contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as your participation in outreach or community engagement activities (1 page maximum).


This position is expected to pay between a targeted range of $12,101 to $18,824 per month depending upon the candidate’s skills, knowledge, and abilities, including education, certifications, and years of experience.


  • This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay. 

  • We will also consider a career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

  • 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.

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.

Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links: Know your rights, click here for the supplement: Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. 

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