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Postdoctoral Fellow (Nuclear Structure Group)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California
Date Posted 04/03/2021
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Application Deadline Open until filled

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL ) Nuclear Science Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the team.

The successful candidate will work in the Nuclear Structure Group in the Nuclear Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  The Group’s experimental activities use state-of-the-art detector systems for gamma-ray and particle spectroscopy at stable and radioactive beam facilities in the United States and worldwide. A priority is research at the new FRIB accelerator, which is about to begin operations. There is also a strong local effort at the 88-Inch Cyclotron. Current areas of interest to the Group include new phenomena in neutron-rich nuclei and the nuclear structure of the heaviest elements. The Group has a major effort toward developing and using new gamma-ray detector systems and it is leading the construction of the next generation gamma-ray tracking array, GRETA. The new post-doctoral fellow is expected to initiate research and contribute to the ongoing efforts of the Group.


What You Will Do:

  • Perform analysis of experimental data for complex nuclear structure experiments with stable and radioactive beams.
  • Communicate and disseminate results through preparation and publication of manuscripts, and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Develop ideas for future proposals.
  • Contribute to the ongoing efforts of the Group by participation in discussions, experiments, helping with detector testing and development activities, and the like.


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Mentoring of Ph.D. or undergraduate students.


What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics/Chemistry/Engineering or related discipline within the last three years.
  • Expertise in the experimental analysis of complex data sets from nuclear structure experiments.
  • Knowledge of gamma-ray spectroscopy and particle detection techniques.
  • Experience with data analysis, use of ROOT and Geant4, and C/C++/Python computer programming.
  • A demonstrated ability to perform research individually and as part of a research group.
  • A publication and presentation record that demonstrates proficiency in the dissemination of scientific results.



  • This is a full-time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.





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