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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Research Physicist for ADMX in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309989

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Detection Physics

Job Description

PNNL is seeking an outstanding post-doctoral researcher to participate in the operation, continued development, and science of the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment (ADMX) as a member of the Detection Physics Group at PNNL. We are making critical contributions to the experiment in the areas of radiofrequency engineering, experiment controls, and data analysis.

Candidates may have varied experience and focus. Areas of particular interest include radiofrequency systems, experiment controls, data acquisition, operations of research instrumentation, high-performance computing techniques, and analysis of experimental data. The ideal candidate will take a leading role in furthering PNNL’s scientific impact in one or more of those areas of research, and within the ADMX collaboration.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate unique technical strengths applicable to the above research efforts and present a compelling vision for their contribution to this research program. Excellent communication and presentation skills are required, and a demonstrated ability to publish completed research is a key desired attribute. There is potential for significant travel to the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) and Fermilab (Batavia, IL).

Beyond the scope of axion dark-matter research, the selected researcher may also contribute to the Detection Physics Group’s applied radiation detection programs. The selected researcher will assist with the cross-pollination of new methods and technologies in radiation detection relevant to both basic and applied research programs. This cross-disciplinary and entrepreneurial environment is a strength the Detection Physics Group has fostered and maintained over multiple decades.

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

  • Technical Expertise: Experience with or knowledge of RF systems is desired. General knowledge of detector systems, or other technical skills with respect to these detectors is important, as well as an understanding of analysis/simulation/reconstruction frameworks, data acquisition systems or experiment controls systems.

  • Level of Responsibility: Personal contributor to detector development, experiential analysis, code development and publication of results.

  • Breadth of Relevant Technical Knowledge: Dark matter or related physics

Preferred Education

  • Ph.D. in nuclear or particle physics, astrophysics, or a related field.

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

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Detection Physics

Opening Date: 2019-10-21

Closing Date: 2019-11-20