Los Alamos National Laboratory Experimental Nuclear Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Vacancy Name: IRC76198
Job Title Experimental Nuclear Physics Postdoc
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name P-25/Subatomic Physics
What You Will Do
A postdoctoral position in Experimental Nuclear Physics is available with the Subatomic Physics Group (P-25), Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. We are seeking exceptional candidates to join us and work in the fields of fundamental neutron physics. LANL is leading major efforts in this field. Our current projects include: (1) development of a cryogenic experiment to search for the neutron electric dipole moment (the SNS nEDM experiment), (2) precision measurement of neutron decay parameters using cold neutrons (the Nab experiment), (3) a measurement of the neutron lifetime using bottled ultra-cold neutrons (the UCNτ experiment), (4) development of a new room temperature experiment to search for the neutron electric dipole moment using the LANL ultracold neutron source (LANL nEDM experiment), and (5) development of an experiment to measure the branching ratio in which a free neutron decays into a proton, an electron, and an antineutrino (the UCNProBe experiment). In addition, we have recently developed a new method to study material damages caused by fission using ultracold neutrons.
The successful candidate is expected to work on one or two of the above-mentioned experiments. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to publish his or her results to the international community and to further his/her career by speaking in a variety of venues. He or she will join teams of other postdocs and staff members as well as university collaborators. For this search, we are looking for somebody who will split her/his time between the SNS nEDM and Nab experiments. On the SNS nEDM, LANL is in charge of the Central Detector System, which includes (but not limited to) (1) low Johnson noise cryogenic high voltage electrodes, (2) a novel cryogenic voltage amplifier to produce 650 kV in superfluid helium, (3) studies of the scintillation properties of superfluid helium, and (4) 3He magnetometry based on SQUID detectors. On the Nab experiment, LANL is responsible for providing the main silicon detectors along with their electronics.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
The successful candidate will have a strong background and publication record in experimental nuclear and particle physics, or closely related field. Evidence of good communication skills is also required.
Prior experience with one or more of the following is not required but is desired:
Precision measurements in atomic, nuclear, particle, or astroparticle physics
Electric dipole moment experiments
Neutron decay correlation experiments
Experiments that use ultra-cold neutrons or cold neutrons
Cryogenic systems that operate at 4K or below
Education: A PhD in experimental nuclear physics or related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed is required.
Notes to Applicants: For further technical information, please contact Dr. Takeyasu Ito at 505-606-1985 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Steven Clayton at 505- 665-2827 or email@example.com ,or Dr. Mark Makela at 505-667-5084 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.
For general information go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php
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Where You Will Work
Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.
Appointment Type Postdoc
Req ID: IRC76198