Postdoctoral Research Associate for Advanced Accelerator Development

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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.  In particular, 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, and contribute to lattice beam studies at the existing NSLS-II storage ring.  The appointment will be for 2 years.

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

Qualifications Required:

  • Ph.D. 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.  This includes the simulation of particle beams and their transport in complex ring lattices.

Qualifications Preferred:

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


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

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