Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Dark Matter in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306609

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science and Technology

Group: Radiation Detection and Nuclear Sciences


Job Description

PNNL is seeking an outstanding post-doctoral researcher to participate in the PICO bubble chamber dark matter search program as a member of the Radiation Detection & Nuclear Sciences (RDNS) Group.

The ideal candidate will have experience in physics data analysis, simulation and modeling, and low background experimental techniques. The researcher will make a substantial contribution to data analysis for the PICO-40L experiment, which will be installed in the SNOLAB underground laboratory in 2017. The researcher is expected to contribute to PICO-40L detector commissioning and on-going operations on-site at SNOLAB. The researcher will also participate in R&D and design efforts for the next generation of PICO detectors.

A likely area of focus for both analysis and design efforts will be modeling the total radioactivity-induced background budget for PICO detectors, including understanding and optimizing the acoustic response. Experience with Monte Carlo simulation (e.g., Geant4), grid-scale computing, database design, and software development (C++, python) is sought. The researcher is expected to travel to PICO collaboration meetings and scientific conferences to present their research, so strong communication skills are highly desirable.

The post-doctoral researcher will also have the opportunity to participate in the RDNS Group’s applied radiation detection programs. These programs provide many hands-on laboratory instrumentation development opportunities including working in the PNNL shallow underground laboratory cleanroom.


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

Experience with or knowledge of low-background and/or bubble chamber detector systems.

Preferred Education: Degree in particle physics or related field.


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: 2017-05-13

Closing Date: 2017-06-12