Postdoctoral Research Associate for Advanced Accelerator Development

Website BrookhavenLab NSLS-II (National Synchrotron Light Source)

Job ID 2772

Date posted 08/10/2021

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Organizational Overview

Brookhaven National Laboratory is entering an exciting new chapter with one of the newest and most advanced synchrotron facilities in the world. National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) enables the study of material properties and functions with nanoscale resolution and exquisite sensitivity by providing world-leading capabilities for X-ray imaging and high-resolution energy analysis.

This facility is open to users from academia and industry and its operations are at a time when the world enters a new era with a global economy fueled largely by scientific discoveries and technological innovations. NSLS-II provides the research tools needed to foster new discoveries and create breakthroughs in critical areas such as energy security, environment, and human health.

Position Description

The NSLS-II Accelerator Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in our research program focused on delivering conceptual design of the NSLS-II accelerator upgrade.  Specifically, the successful candidate will participate in the design and analysis of linear and nonlinear lattice for the storage ring, particle tracking, simulations of injection, analysis of magnetic fields. Contribute to lattice beam studies at existing NSLS-II storage ring.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the NSLS-II upgrade LDRD including the design of new ring lattices, beam physics simulation and analysis.
  • Work with Accelerator Physics and Engineering experts on designing of the ring components
  • Study injection schemes in low-emittance ring lattice
  • Analyze machine geometry and magnetic fields to include these in the machine model
  • Specify and design normal-, permanent- and superconducting magnets
  • Give presentations and report ongoing work
  • Present technical papers at conferences and publish in scientific journals

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD degree in Physics or related discipline, with a concentration in accelerators or beam physics
  • Experience working with particle accelerator systems
  • Knowledge of one or more programming language for physics simulations and data analysis
  • Ability to perform detailed simulations of the physical processes being studied, including the simulation of particle beams and their transport in complex ring lattices.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of particle accelerators and emerging particle acceleration techniques and technologies
  • Working knowledge of the Matlab and Python programming language

Other Information:

  • BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

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