Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Physics

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Position ID:LBNLPhysics-Physics-CHAMBERLAINFY22 [#19306, 93595]
Position Title: Chamberlain Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Astrophysics (astro-ph), HEP-Experiment (hep-ex), Quantum Information Science
Appl Deadline:2021/10/17 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/08/25, listed until 2022/02/18)
Position Description:    

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The Physics Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) announces the competition for the 2022 Owen Chamberlain Fellowships in Experimental Particle Physics and Cosmology. The Fellowship is named after Berkeley Nobel Laureate Owen Chamberlain, who, together with Emilio Segrè, Clyde Wiegand, and Thomas Ypsilantis, discovered the anti-proton at the Berkeley Bevatron in 1955.  

The Physics Division pursues a broad suite of experimental research.  It has a long tradition of advanced detector development, computational research (including a strong focus on machine learning) and a new initiative in quantum information science (both quantum computing and quantum sensing) and microelectronics.  Our experimental portfolio encompasses high-energy collider physics (ATLAS), neutrino physics (DUNE), direct detection of dark matter (LZ, TESSERACT), Mu2e, experimental cosmology (DESI, Rubin Observatory DESC, Type Ia Supernovae), CMB (Simons Array, Simons Observatory, CMB-S4).   An overview of the research activities in the Physics Division can be found here.  Chamberlain Fellows may join any of the active research programs, subject to funding availability. 


Chamberlain Fellows are appointed for 3 years, with the possibility of a 2-year renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs. Appointments may start during the 2022 calendar year. Appointees will receive an annual research supplement of $10,000 in addition to the support from the research group. Applicants will also automatically be considered for other experimental postdoctoral positions available in the LBNL Physics Division. More information on the Chamberlain Fellowships is available here

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by October 17, 2021.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work on one or more existing projects in High Energy Particle Physics or Cosmology; or Quantum Information Science or Machine Learning techniques applied to these fields. Focus should be on experimental design, construction, execution, and analysis of data.

  • Conduct original research independently and in collaboration.

  • Collaborate with other investigators working on similar or related scientific problems.

  • Prepare research papers for publication.

  • Present research findings at seminars and conferences.

  • Support the LBNL IDEA initiative and participate in outreach activities.

Position Qualifications:

  • Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field, or should expect to receive their Ph.D. by the time the appointment begins.

  • Candidates should have no more than 2 years in a prior postdoctoral appointment when the appointment begins.

  • Evidence of potential for high level of achievement as an independent researcher.

  • Ability to work as a team member to accomplish goals

How To Apply:

The following requested application materials listed below must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online:


  1. Curriculum vitae.

  2. A list of up to ten relevant publications, including contributions for multi-author publications.

  3. A statement describing current and future research interests (3-page limit excluding figures and references).

  4. A statement describing past activities and future interests in diversity, outreach and leadership (1 page maximum).

  5. Arrange to have 3 letters of reference submitted (at least one reference from outside LBNL/UC Berkeley).


  • This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid),  3-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 2 years of paid postdoctoral experience when first assuming the position, and any extension is subject to the constraint of spending no more than five years total in a postdoctoral appointment.

  • Salary for postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree and will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

  • 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.

  • This position may be initially performed remotely due to COVID-19,  but this is limited to individuals residing in the United States.  However, the primary location for this appointment will be the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.  Research may be conducted at other experimental sites as needed, including but not limited to CERN (Geneva, Switzerland), Atacama (Chile), Fermilab (Illinois), SURF (S. Dakota) and Kitt Peak (Arizona).

Learn About Us: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.

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