Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Particle Physics - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 105459
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: June 14 2019

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2019 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in particle and heavy-ion physics within the Nuclear and Particle Physics Group.  The group participates in the ATLAS and sPHENIX experiments and the JETSCAPE collaboration on topics that span both high-energy and relativistic heavy-ion physics, and applicants with a background in either field are encouraged to apply. Physics topics include, but are not limited to, jet physics and ultra-peripheral heavy-ion collisions. The group is also involved in developing improvements to data reconstruction that utilize machine learning methods and exploit hardware acceleration features available in high-performance computing resources. Postdocs will work with their group mentors to develop a program of research based on their individual interests and commensurate with these activities.
Essential Duties
- Perform analysis of experimental data obtained with ATLAS
- Provide technical contributions to the development of experimental capabilities of ATLAS and/or sPHENIX
- Develop independent (but complementary) research in heavy-ion physics using data and high-performance computing tools available to the LLNL Nuclear and Particle Physics group.
- Improve communication between heavy-ion physics experiment and theory through engagement with the JETSCAPE Collaboration
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Recent PhD in particle physics, nuclear physics, or related field.
- Experience with complex data analysis and high-performance computing.
- Experience in C++ and analysis using ROOT.
- Documented publication record in peer-reviewed literature in particle or heavy-ion physics.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills necessary to deliver presentations and prepare written reports.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  None required.


Note:   This is a 2 year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of 3 years.  Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.


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