Research Scientist Accelerator Physics

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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, high-resolution energy analysis and fast Fast dynamics studies. The superlative character and combination of capabilities are expected to have broad impact on a wide range of disciplines and scientific initiatives, including quantum materials, energy storage and conversion, life sciences, advanced materials science, physics, chemistry, and biology and more by offering extremely bright and stable photon beam.

NSLS-II Accelerator Coordination group collaborates with accelerator division and photon division to support and ensure accelerator run smoothly. Furthermore, we develop new tools to improve machine performance.


NSLS-II Accelerator Coordination group has an opening for Research Scientist-2, for a three year term appointment, supported by a DOE Machine Learning R&D project and NSLS-II operation to enhance beam quality and operation reliability. The R&D project is a collaboration with researchers at DOE from SLAC and Argonne National Laboratories, including the development of machine learning algorithms to identify sources of accelerator faults, to test and to implement machine learning tools at NSLS-II with the goal of improving machine characterization and tuning. The candidate will also support NSLS-II operation to enhance machine performance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analyze NSLS-II operation faults data
  • Lead the research to develop machine learning algorithms to train history data and identify causes of trips during NSLS-II machine operations
  • Develop and implement machine learning tools for NSLS-II accelerator automatic tuning and optimization
  • Communicate research progress, challenges and achievements with collaborators and Accelerator Division group leaders
  • Support NSLS-II accelerator operations and studies
  • Publish work in peer-reviewed journals and present results at scientific meetings.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in physics, specializing in accelerator physics
  • Experience with developing and optimizing lattices of circular accelerators
  • Proficiency in high level programming languages, Python and Matlab
  • Experience in developing machine learning algorithms and models, and/or applying such models to scientific problems
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and interact effectively in a collaborative team to tackle challenging problems

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Accelerator modeling and simulation codes
  • Experience to tune and operate accelerator facility, especially synchrotron light source
  • Working in EPICS environment
  • Ability to process large volumes of data

Other Information:

Brookhaven Laboratory is committed to providing fair, equitable and competitive compensation. The full salary range for this position is $91400 – $151700 / year. Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification, education and experience and considered with the internal peer group.

Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate are committed to your success. We offer a supportive work environment and the resources necessary for you to succeed.

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