Fermilab, Particle Physics Division

1705 11086
Application ID:FNAL-Particle Physics Division-APTBF [#11086]
Application Title: Application Physicist
Application Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510, United States [map]
Subject Area: High Energy Physics / Physics
Appl Deadline:2018/05/04 finished (2018/04/13, finished 2018/11/11, listed until 2018/05/04)

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We Are:

Fermilab National Laboratory is America’s premier 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.

We are strategic risk takers, innovators, and collaborators. We are engineers, scientists, technicians and administrative professionals. We are 1,800 employees advancing knowledge for the benefit of humankind. Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 40 years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible. We collect and analyze the data from those experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world. We conduct this research on a 6,800-acre prairie, 35 miles outside Chicago, a treasure that has been designated a National Environmental Research Park.

Fermilab seeks a highly qualified candidate for an Application Physicist position in the Test Beam Facilities. The Test Beam facility is a world class facility that supports the detector development community. Users come to test new detector technologies and characterize detectors in a high energy charged hadron beam. Under general direction, the successful candidate will contribute to a variety of activities in support of particle physics detector research. This position will offer experiences in software development, hardware development, and operational management.


You will:

  • Assist in operational management of the Fermilab Test Beam Facility.

  • Assist Users in writing collaboration agreements and guide them through the approval process and assist users in getting proper training.

  • Help integrate users’ detectors with facility detectors and the facility DAQ system.

  • Participate in continual upgrades of facility instrumentation, DAQ, and electronics.

  • Assist users in operational safety reviews during installations.

  • Participate in beam studies.

  • Give tours of the Fermilab Test Beam Facility to visiting students and VIPs.

  • Travel to conferences to recruit more users and give presentations about the facility.

  • Analyze data from Facility Instrumentation and understand beam usage by user groups.

  • Be occasionally on-call and work flexible hours.


We Are Looking For:

  • Ph.D. in Physics with postdoc experience.

  • Expert level experience in particle physics standard electronics.

  • High level programming language, C++ and/or Python.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to develop and maintain professional relationships. 

  • Strong problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to work within a complex environment/organization.

  • Ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Experience working in some test beam facilities, preferred.

Physical Activity and Work Conditions

Human Factors: Heavy Lifting, Mental Concentration, Sitting, Standing.

Chemical Factors: Oxygen Deficiency Hazard


Applicant Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, CV, statement of interest and 2 recommendation letters (only).

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the description.

Further Info:
PO Box 500
Batavia, IL 60510

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