Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science

Position ID:Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Nuclear Science-PPFNS [#8338, 83005]
Position Title: Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow (Nuclear Sciences Division)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Nuclear Physics, HEP-Experiment (hep-ex), Nuclear Experiment (nucl-ex)
Appl Deadline:2016/10/27 (posted 2016/10/18, listed until 2017/04/18)
Position Description:    

Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow (Nuclear Sciences Division) - 83005
Organization:  NS-Nuclear Science

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In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL, is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, science or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your top-notch skills to bear in support of world-class scientific research that addresses national and global challenges!

Position Summary:
The Nuclear Sciences Division (NSD, has an exciting opportunity available for a Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow to work in the Relativistic Nuclear Collisions Group on projects related to a future Electron-Ion Collider (EIC). The EIC will collide electrons with protons and heavier nuclei. The work will be in two areas: modelling of photonuclear interactions, and on the development of simulations and designs for a central tracking detector. The photonuclear interactions studies will emphasize development of the EIC physics case in new areas, while the simulations are intended to develop and optimize a silicon tracker system for EIC. The candidate will also work on heavy ion data analysis, either in the first or second year of the position.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Model photonuclear and electronuclear interactions by upgrading the STARlight Monte Carlo code to include electron projectiles.
• Determine the cross-sections and kinematics of reactions of interest at the EIC, particularly involving charmed hadrons.
• Design silicon detector systems for possible use at the EIC.
• Interact with LBNL and other investigators working on similar and related problems.
• Prepare research papers for publication and research presentations for group meetings, seminars and conferences.

Required Qualifications:
• Recent PhD in physics or related field, or equivalent.
• Experience with scientific computing and linux.
• Ability to conduct original research independently and in collaborations.
• Experience with detectors and data analysis in high-energy or nuclear physics.
• Independent and collaborative work skills.
• Excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills.

Additional Desired Qualifications:
• Programming experience, preferably in C++ and in a scientific environment.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on October 27, 2016.


• 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 3 of years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
• Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
• This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Please provide the following required materials along with your application:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Three letters of recommendation: Please have the letter writers send these directly to Spencer Klein (

Questions related to this position can be directed to Spencer Klein (

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