Particle/Nuclear Physics Postdoc

Updated: 8 days ago
Location: Los Alamos, NEW MEXICO
Job Title Particle/Nuclear Physics Postdoc
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name P-25/Subatomic Physics

What You Will Do

The Subatomic Physics Group (P-25) is inviting applicants for a possible post-doctoral appointment.  The candidate's time would be spent on sub-GeV dark matter/photon searches at the Fermilab Short-Baseline Neutrino and E1067/SeaQuest experiments.  The successful candidate will contribute to the Team's efforts on novel searches for short-baseline dark sector signatures using the MiniBooNE, SBN liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (TPC) detectors, and the E1067/Seaquest pectrometer.  Emphasis will be on running experiments, analysis and publication of current data, and motivating future experiments.  Within program constraints, the possibility also exists to participate in the SBN short-baseline neutrino experiment, DUNE, and other LANL Physics Division activities.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

·         Experimental background in one or more of the following areas: Particle physics, nuclear physics, simulation and analysis of particle/nuclear physics experiments, data acquisition, model building.

·         Demonstrated ability to communicate in English both technically and interpersonally and both orally and in writing.

·         Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research.


Desired Skills:


·         Experience with fielding experiments at proton accelerator facilities

·         Experience in detector technologies commonly used in particle and nuclear physics experiments

·         Familiarity with Cerenkov, liquid/gas Time Projection Chamber, and spectrometer detectors

·         Prior experience with dark matter experiments and model building

·         Advanced proficiency in software tools and programming languages commonly associated with particle and nuclear physics experiments, i.e. ROOT, C++, etc.

·         Strong publishing record


Education: Ph.D. in particle or nuclear physics completed within the last five years is required at or near the time of hiring.


Notes to Applicants:  For further technical information, please contact Dr. Richard Van de Water ( or 505-695-8364) or Dr. Ming Liu ( or 505-667-7125).

In additional to applying on-line, please submit a cover letter addressing how you meet the required and desired skills, a CV including a list of peer-reviewed publications and talks, and the names of 3 references. A current C.V. with the following categories is preferred: Educational background, degree dates, GPA with scale; Experience; Competitive honors; relevant extracurricular activities;

Invited presentations; Grants; Patents; Publications.




Additional Details:


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 Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.


For general information to go to Postdoc Program . 


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 regards 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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work


The successful candidate will reside at either Fermilab or Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Fermilab is America's premier particle physics laboratory and performs pioneering research, operates world-leading particle accelerators and experiments, and develops technologies for science in support of U.S. industry in Batavia, IL. Located in northern New Mexico, LANL is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security.  LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

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