Particle physics laboratory

Postdoctoral fellow in Berkeley, CA for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Job : Aug 19 22

Location: Berkeley, California

Preferred education: PhD


Physics: applied


Private sector

Work function:

Postdoctoral research

Preferred education:


Postdoctoral fellow – 95498

Division: AA-Accelerator Tech-Applied Phys

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL, Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division ( is offering postdoctoral researcher to join the team.

In this exciting role, you will work on experiments at BELLA PW ( to explore advanced regimes of laser ion acceleration to generate beams of protons and ions at high energy for applications. This involves working on the development of innovative plasma and particle diagnostics, the manipulation of key laser pulse parameters such as temporal contrast, and new target technologies that enable high laser firing rates. The combination of these experimental methods with numerical simulations will allow in-depth study and optimization of advanced ion acceleration regimes. You will also participate in other general experimental activities of the BELLA Center.

What will you do:

  • Design and perform experiments to investigate advanced laser ion acceleration regimes to generate high energy proton and ion beams for applications, e.g. in radiobiology or in high energy density plasma studies .
  • Design, build, and characterize innovative ion beam and target plasma diagnostics that can operate at high laser firing rates, to study fundamental aspects of the acceleration process.
  • Establish techniques to manipulate important PW laser pulse parameters and study how they affect the efficiency of laser ion acceleration.
  • Build, automate, and test targeting systems for rapid target insertion and alignment and plasma mirrors that can operate at high laser rates of fire.
  • Interface with numerical simulation efforts to interpret experimental results.
  • Participate in other experimental activities at the BELLA Center such as those directed towards laser wakefield acceleration of electrons and post-wakefield acceleration of ions.
  • Analyze, document and communicate the results of work in reports and oral presentations, including participation in regular meetings, journal contributions, reports, conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Additional responsibilities as needed:

  • Design and implement ion transport lines for irradiation studies with laser accelerated ion beams.
  • Establish dosimetry systems and routines for laser accelerated ion beams.
  • Perform radiobiological or high energy density plasma experiments at BELLA PW.
  • Use modeling tools to perform simulations of laser matter interaction, ion energy loss in matter, and ion beam transport and focusing systems.

What is required:

  • PhD in physics or engineering.
  • Experimental experience with at least one of the following:
  1. The design and execution of laser ion acceleration experiments.
  2. The design and characterization of active ion beam diagnostics and/or high energy density plasma diagnostics.
  3. High repetition rate targeting systems for laser-plasma acceleration experiments.
  • Ability to work closely with other scientists, post-docs, graduate students and technicians.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Desired degrees:

  • Experimental experience with high power laser architecture and laser pulse diagnostics.
  • Experience with modeling tools for laser matter interaction simulations, ion energy loss in matter, or ion beam transport and focusing systems.


  • This is a 2-year full-time postdoctoral position with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance, continued availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. The salary for postgraduate positions depends on the years of post-graduate experience.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be pre-determined based on postgraduate step rates.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. All convictions will be assessed to determine if they are directly related to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify a candidate from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

How to register

Apply directly online at and follow the online instructions to complete the application process.

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