Physicist Postdoctoral Scholar

Job title: Physicist Postdoctoral Scholar

Company: Berkeley Lab

Job description: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s ( ) Accelerator Tech-Applied Physics ( ) Division has an opening for a Physicist Postdoctoral Scholar to join the team.

The at LBNL’s ATAP Division is developing high-quality, high energy LPAs for high energy physics and light source applications. In this exciting role, you will carry out experiments on LPAs that utilize the petawatt laser system, such as 10GeV single-stage optimization including novel injection methods and staging of LPAs.

What You Will Do:

  • Aid in the design, assembly, and operation of experiments on single and multi-stage laser-plasma acceleration of electrons.
  • Analysis of experimental data and physics modeling of the results.
  • Communicate results through internal reports, internal and external presentations, and peer reviewed publications.
  • Assist in the operation of petawatt class laser system and associated ultra-fast optical diagnostics
  • Participate in other LPA related experiments. These can include LPA-based sources of short wavelength radiation including free electron lasers and Thomson scattering sources, and on ion beam acceleration and applications.
  • Work collaboratively with other scientists (theorists and experimentalists), engineers, postdocs, technicians, and students
  • Proactively promote and participate in matters relating to safety and environmentally sensitive work practices. Adhere to ES&H policies and attend required training as required.

What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in Physics or Engineering.
  • Experience in the design, construction, and operation of high intensity laser-plasma experiments. This can include laser technology, optics, plasma physics, targetry, advanced diagnostics, and the generation of LPA-based light sources.
  • Sufficient programming expertise to successfully analyze experiment data.
  • Interest in high energy density science.
  • Capability to be flexible and creative in pursuing new topics and carrying out forefront research in the area of high field laser-matter interactions.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team that includes, engineers, computer scientists, scientific staff, technicians, and students.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience machine learning.
  • Experience with design and implementation of experimental control systems.
  • Experience in modeling laser-matter interactions with particle in cell codes.
  • Knowledge of particle optics and accelerator physics.


  • This is a full-time, 5 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click to view the poster and supplement: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.”

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

Expected salary:

Location: California

Job date: Sun, 14 Feb 2021 08:18:08 GMT

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