Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Particle/Nuclear Physicist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 305887

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Organization Statement

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a senior distinguished scientist to help build a nuclear and particle physics fundamental research program. PNNL is presently making strategic investments in Nuclear-, Particle-, Astro-physics and Cosmology (NPAC) via internal Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funding that will enable a program of discovery and establish PNNL as a scientific leader within the international community. This NPAC Initiative is envisioned to focus on Direct Detection of Dark Matter and Neutrino Physics that exploit PNNL’s world leading capability in low-radiation background techniques. PNNL seeks a leading researcher to leverage the NPAC Initiative internal investments, laboratory capability, and staff expertise into robust research programs supported by the DOE Offices of High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics.

Job Description

On-going nuclear and particle physics research at PNNL includes:

- Neutrinoless double beta decay experiments

- Tritium beta decay end-point neutrino mass experiments

- Experimental direct detection of WIMP-like dark matter

- Experimental direct detection of AXION dark matter

- Development of low-background materials and assay methods

- Belle/Belle-II flavor physics research

- Nascent efforts in accelerator-based neutrino experiments

The successful candidate is expected to immediately begin leading peer-reviewed fundamental research drawing from the reservoir of staff performing the above technical work, enhance ongoing research efforts, and strategically develop and execute a plan to secure support for future research activities, particularly sponsored by DOE’s Office of High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics. The selected scientist must demonstrate a commitment to working with PNNL staff members and engaging those staff members in the broader research enterprise. Collaboration in national and international experimental efforts is highly desired; finding and supporting PNNL staff in these endeavors is sought. Senior candidates will be expected to quickly establish themselves as independent principal investigators (PIs) through competitive proposals, and to help mentor junior staff towards proposal development and self-sufficiency.

The position will be at the level of Scientist V or Laboratory Fellow, Scientist VI. The following requirements are essential to this position:

- Established research career, outstanding publication record, and international reputation.

- Demonstrated expertise in the development of nuclear and particle physics experiments followed by impactful publication on the scientific outcomes of those efforts.

- Proven ability to develop and lead groundbreaking scientific research.

- Demonstrated success in conceiving research programs and attracting funding for them.

- Knowledge of government programs, particularly the DOE Office of Science.

- Experience in managing projects and operating laboratory facilities.

- History of successfully mentoring early to mid-level career scientists.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in an area of fundamental science with over 5 years experience.

Must have a national or international authority. Applying intensive and diversified knowledge of scientific or engineering principles in broad areas of assignments and related fields. An extensive publication list is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference to candidates with over 7 years of experience.

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: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Signatures Sci & Technol Div

Opening Date: 2016-10-10

Closing Date: 2017-04-11