Particle physics laboratory

Adjunct Researcher – Neutrino Physics in Upton, NY for Brookhaven National Laboratory


Job : 03-Feb-22

Site: Upton, NY

Education required: PhD


Nuclear physics

Physics: Particle

Physics: Physics


Government and National Laboratory

Work function:

Research and development

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Organizational overview

The Electronic Detector Group (EDG), within the physics department of BNL, focuses on flavor physics, with expertise and involvement in experiments on kaons, muons, heavy flavors and neutrinos. EDG physicists are engaged in all levels of experimental physics, including detector design and construction, DAQ and data management, simulation, reconstruction, physics and statistical analysis (including AI/ML algorithms), project management and collaboration leadership. Members of the group have major responsibilities on the following neutrino experiments: the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) and its prototypes, the Short-Baseline Neutrino (SBN) program (with EDG members on all three experiments: SBND, MicroBooNE and ICARUS), Daya Baie and PROSPECT. EDG currently has thirty physicists at various career levels and a long history of research in fundamental particle physics. In collaboration with BNL’s Instrumentation Division, the group performs research and development in electronics and detector design for liquid argon TPCs (LArTPCs). In collaboration with the BNL Chemistry Department, the group performs research and development on water-based liquid scintillator and reactor neutrino experiments. The group maintains close ties with the High Energy Theory Group and the Nuclear and Particle Physics Software Group as well as the Scientific Data and Computing Center and the Computational Science Initiative.

Job Description

The EDG has an opening for a scientific assistant. The candidate will be expected to play a leading role in the activities of the group, including major contributions to DUNE and SBN, mentoring postdocs and junior staff, exploring future physics initiatives, collaborating with other groups BNL and broader engagement such as education and outreach, DEI initiatives and science service. On DUNE, the candidate will contribute to studies of experimental sensitivity, design and construction of detectors, and finally exploitation and data analysis. The successful candidate will be able to contribute to the operations and analysis of one or more SBN experiments, have the opportunity to participate in other experiments with EDG membership, and will be supported in pursuing new physics opportunities that could present themselves. The candidate is expected to extend or improve the capabilities of the group and become a leader in the field of neutrino physics. This position would report to Dr. Steve Kettell.

Job requirements

Knowledge, skills and abilities required:

  • PhD in experimental particle or nuclear physics
  • Important history of recent achievements in experimental physics
  • Extensive experience in data analysis, detector simulation and/or detector development for particle physics experiments
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research independently and as part of a research group
  • Proficiency in scientific computing and common tools for high energy physics analysis
  • Clear and concise written/oral/presentation skills
  • Excellent collaborative skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Minimum of three years of postdoctoral experience
  • Experience in instrumentation and development of scientific detector systems
  • Experience with particle physics detectors, digital signal processing, detector simulation, event reconstruction and data analysis
  • Experience in assembly, commissioning, operations and analysis of neutrino experiments
  • History of original or creative contributions in instrumentation and/or physics
  • History of grant applications
  • History of broader engagement (education, outreach, DEI, etc.)


  • National and international trips are planned
  • BNL offers options for telecommuting and remote work

At Brookhaven National Laboratory, we believe that a comprehensive benefits package 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
  • Vacation and paid leave programs (vacation, statutory holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • 401(k) plan
  • Lab funded pension plan
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Tuition, training and professional development assistance programs
  • Fitness/wellness and employee recreation: sports courts/basketball, weight room, fitness classes, indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, sports activities/clubs (basketball, tennis, softball, table tennis)

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, apply online at BNL Careers ( In addition to submitting your CV and cover letter, please submit a research statement and arrange for three letters of recommendation (addressed to Dr. Steven Kettell) to be sent directly to [email protected] Review of applications will continue until the search is complete.

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