Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Belle II in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306269

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Radiation Detection & Nuclear Sciences


Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking outstanding applicants for a postdoctoral position. The primary location for this position will be in Richland, WA. The selected candidate will have travel to Tsukuba, Japan to participate in the Belle II experiment at the SuperKEKB collider. The collaboration is currently working on detector commissioning, with first collisions expected early 2018. The main goals of the experiment are to study CP violation and to search for new phenomena in rare decays.

The PNNL group has leading roles in the development of the imaging Time-Of-Propagation (iTOP) detector, networking and distributed computing, and physics studies of early data. The successful candidate will take a leading role in a physics analysis that is well aligned with these efforts. The incumbent will make significant contributions to the iTOP detector commissioning, develop big data analytics tools with emphasizes on Deep Learning, and exotic physics searches. A strong background in big data analysis, and experience in C++ and Python programming are requirements for this role. Knowledge of the TensorFlow and/or Caffe is preferred.

We seek applicants with excellent communication skills. The successful candidate will present the results of their research in collaboration meetings and international workshops, and prepare publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Other Members of the group hold leading roles in the SuperCDMS, DarkSide, PICO, MiniCLEAN, ADMX, Project 8 and nEXO collaborations. Synergistic activities with these or other PNNL groups engaged in national security, detector development and other Laboratory priorities are explicitly encouraged.

The selected post-doctoral fellow will have responsibility for working on the Belle II experiment. Specifically, the incumbent will be working on commissioning the iTOP detector, distributed computing, and physics analysis. The post-doctoral fellow will be mentored by one of the senior researchers within the PNNL Belle II group. It is expected that the successful candidate will share responsibilities for the mentoring of summer students.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.


Preferred Qualifications


-Effective written and oral communication is required.

-Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse teams are required.

-Record of research accomplishments required, preferably peer-reviewed publications.

Preferred Requirements:

-Technical Expertise: Experience in HEP data analysis, C++, Python required.

-Knowledge of the TensorFlow and/or Caffe.

-Level of Responsibility: Personal contributor to experimental analysis, and publication of results.┬┐

-Breadth of Relevant Technical Knowledge: Collider-based Particle Physics┬┐

-The position requires domestic and international travel, and activities outside normal working hours.

Preferred Education:

- Ph.D. in Particle Physics


Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.


Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Radiation Detect & Nucl Sci's

Opening Date: 2017-02-08

Closing Date: 2017-04-09