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Neutron Detection and Reactions - Postdoctoral Researcher

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

We have an opening in the Nuclear Physics and Accelerator Technologies Group for a Postdoctoral Researcher to play a leading role in developing a program for performing measurements of neutron-induced reactions using deuterated scintillators that impact nuclear astrophysics, nuclear security, and other nuclear-data applications. You will be responsible for characterizing deuterated scintillators, developing the data acquisition system and analysis techniques, and designing and proposing experiments.

In this role you will

  • Conduct characterization measurements at accelerator-based facilities.
  • Develop a data acquisition system.
  • Perform data analysis and interpret the results of experiments.
  • Lead development of recoil and beam-tracking detector systems.
  • Develop simulations of detector performance and validate simulations using calibration sources and experimental results.
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
  • Provide technical contributions to the development of future nuclear physics experiments.
  • Perform additional duties as required.

  • PhD in a Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Astrophysics, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Chemistry, or related field.
  • Advanced knowledge with accelerator-based experiments and data acquisition systems
  • Experience with neutron-induced reactions and pulse shape discrimination.
  • Advanced knowledge the characterization and operation of deuterated scintillators.
  • Programming experience in C++, Python, and/or other programming languages.
  • Experience performing data analysis and simulations with ROOT, GEANT4, or similar programs.
  • Documented publication record in peer-reviewed literature in physics or a related field.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

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We have an opening in the Nuclear Physics and Accelerator Technologies Group for a Postdoctoral Researcher to play a leading role in developing a program for performing measurements of neutron-induced reactions using deuterated scintillators that impact nuclear astrophysics, nuclear security, and other nuclear-data applications. You will be responsible for characterizing deuterated scintillators, developing the data acquisition system and analysis techniques, and designing and proposing experiments.

In this role you will

  • Conduct characterization measurements at accelerator-based facilities.
  • Develop a data acquisition system.
  • Perform data analysis and interpret the results of experiments.
  • Lead development of recoil and beam-tracking detector systems.
  • Develop simulations of detector performance and validate simulations using calibration sources and experimental results.
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
  • Provide technical contributions to the development of future nuclear physics experiments.
  • Perform additional duties as required.
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  • PhD in a Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Astrophysics, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Chemistry, or related field.
  • Advanced knowledge with accelerator-based experiments and data acquisition systems
  • Experience with neutron-induced reactions and pulse shape discrimination.
  • Advanced knowledge the characterization and operation of deuterated scintillators.
  • Programming experience in C++, Python, and/or other programming languages.
  • Experience performing data analysis and simulations with ROOT, GEANT4, or similar programs.
  • Documented publication record in peer-reviewed literature in physics or a related field.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.

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Posted: 2022-04-28 Expires: 2022-05-28

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