Subatomic Physics Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Position ID:Los Alamos National Laboratory-Subatomic Physics Group-NHEP [#9018]
Position Title: Nuclear/High-Energy Physicist (Scientist 2/3)
Position Location:Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics / Nuclear Physics
Appl Deadline: (posted 2017/03/23, listed until 2018/03/23)
Position Description:    

Nuclear/High-Energy Physicist (Scientist 2/3)
Job IRC53419

What You Will Do
The Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory invites applicants for a staff scientist position in the High Energy Nuclear Physics team of the Subatomic Physics Group (P-25). The team currently works primarily on heavy ion, cold nuclear matter and spin physics at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and on nucleon structure, quark energy loss and Dark Photon/Dark Higgs search physics at Fermilab. The team has led the construction of the two PHENIX muon trackers, the recent forward silicon vertex tracker (FVTX) upgrade and associated physics program, and is leading the development of a Monolithic-Active-Pixel-Sensors (MAPS) based vertex detector for the next generation heavy ion experiment (sPHENIX) at RHIC at BNL. The team is also leading the construction of polarized NH3/ND3 targets and a new Dark Photon/Higgs Trigger and DAQ upgrade at Fermilab.

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2 or 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate.

Scientist 2 ($86,000-$141,800)
The successful candidate will be a primary participant in the design and construction of the MAPS detector for sPHENIX, work on related physics analyses and program development at RHIC, Large Hadron Collider at CERN (LHC) and the future Electron-Ion Collider (EIC). In addition to performing outstanding research, the candidate is expected to submit research proposals to LANL's Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program and to the DOE Office of Science. Candidates with research interests compatible with experimental high-energy nuclear physics programs are particularly encouraged to apply.

Scientist 3 ($94,500-$157,800)
In addition to the job responsibilities outlined above, the Scientist 3 will:
Provide physics and technical leadership to the sPHENIX MAPS project and be a key member of the team that works on development and implementation of institutional initiatives. The applicant will help direct the physics program, build teams, and be a primary participant in reaching major science milestones.

Where You Will Work
Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns. What You Will Need
Minimum job requirements:
  • Demonstrated skill in applying physics and detector knowledge to the development of physics experiments.
  • Demonstrated experience in producing physics publications and reports.
  • Ph.D. with demonstrated interest the areas of nuclear or high-energy physics.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out both independent and collaborative research.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information both orally and in writing.

    Scientist 3
    In addition to the above job requirements outlined above, the Scientist 3 requires:
  • Recognition as a leader in the field of experimental high-energy nuclear physics, nucleon structure physics, or related field.
  • A record of achievement through reports and publications related to physics experiments.
  • Documented significant contributions to the development of new technical approaches, either in detector technologies and/or physics analyses.
  • Intellectual leadership of projects or collaborations.
  • Experience mentoring students and/or postdocs.

    Desired Skills:
  • Capable of developing new physics programs.
  • Working experience with experimental hardware systems, especially those used in nuclear and particle physics experiments.
  • Proficiency in software tools and programming languages commonly associated with nuclear/particle physics experiments.
  • Postdoctoral experience.

    Notes to Applicants
    Visit and search for IRC53419 to apply. For full consideration, applicants should submit a comprehensive resume and a cover letter describing their qualifications with respect to all required and desired skills. For technical questions feel free to contact Dr. Ming Liu ( or Dr. Cesar Da Silva ( You are encouraged to apply by April 12, 2017.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. EOE M/F/D/V


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