Los Alamos National Laboratory High Energy Nuclear Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Physics Division at Los Alamos National Lab is recruiting postdocs in the High-Energy Nuclear Physics team of the Subatomic Physics Group (P-25) to participate in the experimental programs of the team related to small-x nuclear effects and heavy flavor physics in light and heavy ion collisions. The list of programs our team participates in includes:

  • Light and heavy ion physics programs using the LHCb experiment at the LHC, with emphasis on the search for gluon saturation in pPb collisions through data analysis of current data, design of a future high-level trigger for isolated photons and R&D; for a scintillator-based tracker to measure soft particles

  • Study of semi-leptonic decays of charm and bottom quarks in pp, pA and AuAu collisions at RHIC using data taken with the Forward Vertex Detector in the PHENIX experiment

  • Study of bottom-jet and B-meson physics using the future sPHENIX experiment at RHIC through simulations. Participation in detector R&D; for the proposed MAPS-based vertex detector (MVTX) for sPHENIX.

The candidate can participate in one or more of the topics above. The postdoc term is for two years, with an option to renew it for a third year. Outstanding candidates have a chance to be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darlene Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships at the Lab (http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/distinguished-postdoc-fellows.php) . The postdoc will also have the opportunity to join other parallel efforts that the team works on, including spin physics and dark photon searches using the[MLB2] Fermilab E1039 experiment, fast MAPS detector R&D; for the electron-ion collider and applied programs throughout the Lab.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • experience with data analysis tools typically used for nuclear and particle physics

  • experience with detector operation and R&D;

  • paper publication record in high energy nuclear physics or particle physics

Desired Skills:

  • good oral and written communication

  • creativity and independence in proposing new ideas and experiments


: The applicant is required to have a Ph.D. in high-energy particle or nuclear physics within the past five years, or soon to be completed.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to applying on-line, applicants should submit a resume and a brief description of research interests to Cesar L. da Silva (cesar_luiz@lanl.gov). Reference letters will be asked at a later stage of the selection process. This position does not require a security clearance, U.S. citizenship or residency. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups in the field; such as women, African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and Latin Americans. Consideration of applications will begin August 1, 2018 and continue until the positions are filled.

Additional Details:

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 Postdoc Program.

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: P-25/Subatomic Physics

Job Title: High Energy Nuclear Physics Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC67025