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) a measurement of the neutron lifetime using bottled ultra-cold neutrons (the UCNτ experiment), (2) development of a cryogenic experiment to search for the neutron electric dipole moment (the SNS nEDM experiment), (3) 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 (4) 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). We are now beginning a joint project to develop the next generation of ultracold neutron-based measurements of neutron beta decay correlations (UCNA+) and of the free neutron lifetime (Tau+), which will be substantial upgrades of the successful UCNA and UCNtexperiments.
The successful candidate is expected to work on developing one or both of the UCNA+ and Tau+ 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. The work will include creating novel ultracold neutron transport systems, new neutron and beta particle detectors, new analysis techniques for the upgraded experiments, and other components of the improved experiments.
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.
Precision measurements in atomic, nuclear, particle, or astro-particle physics
Particle detectors for nuclear and high energy physics
Experiments that use ultra-cold neutrons or cold neutrons
Neutron decay correlation experiments
Simulations of particle transport and spin tracking
Data analysis of nuclear and particle physics experiments
Education: A PhD in experimental nuclear physics or related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed is required.
Note to Applicants: For further technical information, please contact Dr. Steven Clayton at 505-665-2827 or email@example.com , or Dr. Andy Saunders at 505-665-3090 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
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 email@example.com or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
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 maternity 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)
Vacancy Name: IRC82263
Organization Name P-25/Subatomic Physics
Req ID: IRC82263