Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Applied Radiation Detection in RICHLAND, Washington
Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 311667
Directorate: National Security
Division: Signature Science and Technology
Group:Applied Radiation & Detection
The Applied Radiation Detection (ARD) Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) provides technical leadership and expertise with radiation detection technologies to solve challenging problems affecting national and global security. Projects within the group range from highly applied projects in support of international treaties and national security to fundamental science projects in the areas of nuclear science, novel sensor technology development, and machine learning algorithms.
The ARD Group is seeking postdoctoral candidates who will contribute to new standoff radiation detection and quantitative radiography projects. The successful candidate will be called on to perform the following tasks:
Use advanced modeling and simulation tools to design detection systems
Design and execute laboratory experiments and assist with field measurement campaigns
Develop quantitative radiography algorithms that utilize physical models to anticipate radiography system responses
Design, build, and operate experimental X-ray radiography systems
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.
Candidates must have the ability to obtain a security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
Demonstrated experience in the following is preferred:
Setup and use of commercial detector systems
Development of analysis algorithms for a variety of detection problems, including radiation imaging, X-ray and neutron radiography, and radiation detection
Nuclear data analysis and gamma spectroscopy
Radiation transport simulation and analysis with Geant4 or MCNP
Modeling of optical photon transport
Ability to communicate effectively via technical writing and oral presentation
Proficiency in programming (e.g., Python, Matlab, ROOT, C++)
Demonstrated creativity and highly developed problem-solving skills
Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment
Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering or Physics; will also consider candidates possessing Ph.D. in related field with demonstrated experience in imaging/optics and related data analysis. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher preferred.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at jobs.pnnl.gov.
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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.
Directorate: National Security
Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs
Group: Applied Radiation Detection
Opening Date: 2021-02-15
Closing Date: 2021-03-08