Experimental Nuclear Physics Postdoc | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Experimental Nuclear Physics Postdoc

What You Will Do

Two postdoctoral positions in Experimental Nuclear Physics are available with the Nuclear and Particle Physics and Applications Group (P-3), 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 nEDM@SNS 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) and development of its upgrade (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 neutron beta asymmetry using ultracold neutrons (UCNA+ experiment). In addition, we are exploring applications of ultracold neutrons for material characterizations.

For this search, the successful candidates are expected to work on the nEDM@SNS experiment, in particular development of large-area, non-metal, low Johnson noise electrodes and a system to generate 600 kV inside a bath of superfluid liquid helium. In addition, for interested candidates, there is a possibility to pursue applications of ultracold neutrons to studies of material properties relevant to the Laboratory's mission.

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to publish results to the international community and engage in career development by speaking in a variety of venues. They will join teams of other postdocs and staff members as well as university collaborators. The work will include developing, assembling, and operating cryogenic apparatuses and instrumentation to test high voltage generation and electrode performance in superfluid liquid helium, analyzing the data, and interpreting the results.

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.

Education: A PhD in experimental nuclear physics or related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed is required.

Desired Qualifications:

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
  • Experiments that use superfluid helium
  • Experiments that use ultra-cold neutrons or cold neutrons
  • Particle detectors for nuclear and high energy physics
  • Data analysis of nuclear and particle physics experiments
  • Experience with high voltage systems
Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.
COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Note to Applicants:

For further technical information, please contact Dr. Takeyasu Ito at 505-606-1985 or ito@lanl.gov, Dr. Steven Clayton at 505- 665-2827 or sclayton@lanl.gov, or Dr. Nguyen Phan at 505-412-7121 or nphan@lanl.gov.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
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

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 regard 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.Employment StatusFull Time