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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Quantum Information Science Research Physicist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312617

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signature Sciences and Technology

Group:Detection Phyiscs

Job Description

PNNL is seeking multiple outstanding post-doctoral researchers to participate in our growing quantum information science (QIS) and superconducting sensors programs. The Detection Physics Group is engaged in several experimental efforts to study the interactions between superconducting materials and the environment, particularly ionizing radiation. Our research focuses on the intersection between QIS and high-energy and nuclear physics. The appointee will play a leading role in designing and executing experiments to measure energetic excitations and propagation in superconducting materials and the response of superconducting quantum devices (e.g., qubits, kinetic inductance sensors, transition-edge sensors). PNNL is currently building a radiation-shielded dilution refrigerator facility in our Shallow Underground Laboratory. When completed in 2022, this facility will provide the capability to operate cryogenic devices in a low-radiation environment.

The Detection Physics Group is engaged in a broad research program ranging from basic, fundamental science, such as experimental searches for dark matter and neutrinoless double-beta decay, to applied radiation-detector R&D for national security. The selected researchers may also contribute to our group’s broader programs, assisting with the cross-pollination of new methods and technologies in radiation detection relevant to both basic and applied research. This cross-disciplinary, entrepreneurial environment is a strength that the Detection Physics Group has fostered and maintained over multiple decades.

Candidates may have varied experience and focus. Areas of particular interest include experimental operation of superconducting qubits, microwave signals expertise, and particle physics or condensed matter modeling. Synergistic areas of interest across our research portfolio include data analysis, simulations, detector prototyping, low radioactive background techniques, quantum computation, and high-performance computing techniques. Work on these projects may include travel to collaborating institutions, such as MIT and Fermilab.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate unique technical strengths applicable to the above listed research efforts and to present a compelling vision for their contributions. Excellent communication and presentation skills are required, and preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to publish completed research.

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

  • Preference will be given to candidates with technical expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Low-temperature systems : operation and instrumentation of cryogenic systems, including dilution refrigerators, vacuum systems, and gas and liquid handling systems.

  • Quantum sensors : instrumentation and operation of quantum sensors (e.g., superconducting qubits, kinetic inductance detectors, or transition edge sensors).

  • Microwave electronics : experience instrumenting and reading out experiments with radiofrequency electronics (e.g., superconducting qubits or resonant cavities in axion searches).

  • Low-noise sensors : design of low-noise detector systems, with a strong background in characterization of environmental noise factors.

  • Useful areas of experience may include one or more of the following:

  • Software tools : prior experience with simulation, data analysis and coding packages such as Geant4, ROOT, C++, Python, Jupyter, machine leaning techniques, or familiarly with quantum coding (Qiskit, Cirq, QDK, Forest, etc.).

  • Level of Responsibility : both contributing and leading roles in experiment design, sensor development, experiment operations, data analysis, software development, and publication of scientific results.

  • Breadth of scientific knowledge : Quantum information science, condensed matter physics, microwave signals and electronics, particle physics and radiation transport.

Preferred Education

Ph.D. in nuclear/particle physics, condensed matter physics, quantum information science or a related field.

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment

The low-radiation dilution refrigerator will be located in our Shallow Underground Laboratory, which is a class 10,000 clean room. Access to the space requires full-body cleanroom garb.

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

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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: Detection Physics

Opening Date: 2021-08-31

Closing Date: 2021-09-28