Particle physics laboratory

Postdoctoral Fellow in Berkeley, CA for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Job : 15-Jul-22

Location: Berkeley, California

Preferred education: 4 year diploma


Nuclear physics


Private sector

Work function:

Postdoctoral research

Postdoctoral fellow – 95778

Division: AA-Accelerator Tech-Applied Phys

The ATAP (Accelerator Tech-Applied Physics) division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow to join the team.

In this exciting role, you will join the Fusion Science and Ion Beam Technology program of the ATAP division working on carbon measurement based on neutron scattering in soil. You will have a good understanding of nuclear physics, in particular the detection of gamma rays by coincidence using lanthanum bromide or sodium iodide detectors, fully digital readout electronics, data acquisition and processing using python.

You will work with scientists and engineers in our program at Berkeley Lab to design, implement and use a new instrument to measure carbon distributions in agricultural soils. There is a laboratory prototype system that has been developed over the past three years. Your main focus will be to further improve this system and undertake field experiments here at LBNL. You will also work closely with scientists and engineers in the field of earth and environmental sciences.

What will you do:

  • Collaborate on experiments, working closely with scientists, engineers, other postdocs and LBNL students.
  • Communicate results through internal reports, internal and external presentations.
  • Document and communicate work results in peer-reviewed journal publications and oral presentations.
  • Proactively promote and participate in safety issues and environmentally responsible work practices.
  • Adhere to Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) policies and complete training courses as required.

Additional responsibilities as needed:

  • In conjunction with senior project team members, may mentor undergraduate and graduate students and visitors.

What is required:

  • Recent Ph.D. degree in physics or related field.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:
  1. Experience in conducting inelastic neutron scattering experiments.
  2. Experience with fully digital readout electronics (coincidence measurements, etc.).
  3. Experience with MCNP or Geant4 simulation toolkits to simulate the experiment.
  4. Experience with python (numpy, pandas, scipy, …) to analyze data and control the experiment.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Relevant publication record and demonstration of competent written and oral presentation of scientific findings.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team including engineers, scientific staff, technicians and students.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Desired degrees:

    • Knowledge of FPGA programming.
    • Basic knowledge of soil science and different soil types.
    • Ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students and visitors.


    • This is a one-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 primarily be performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

    How to register

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