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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Doctoral Degree


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In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, science, or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your top-notch skills to bear in support of world-class scientific research that addresses national and global challenges!

Position Summary:

Berkeley Labs Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics Division has an opening for a Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow to work at the Center for Beam Physics (CBP) to develop and apply advanced computational methods and tools for beam dynamics simulations. Emphasis will be on modeling collective effects, such as space-charge effects and coherent synchrotron radiation, in linear and ring-based accelerators, using massively parallel computing. You will work with a team that has developed, or helped develop, some of the most advanced accelerator modeling capabilities in the world, including the codes IMPACT, MaryLie/IMPACT, BeamBeam3D, and Warp.

Specific Responsibilities:


Model collective effects, including space-charge effects, in high brightness and high intensity linear and ring-based accelerators.

Develop new computational methods and capabilities for multi-physics beam dynamics simulation, to take advantage of the extraordinary power of petascale computers.

Conduct original research independently and in collaborations.

Interact with LBNL and other investigators working on similar and related scientific problems.

Prepare research papers for publication.

Prepare research presentations for seminars and conference.

Required Qualifications:


Ph.D. in Physics or a related field.

Experience and expertise in using parallel computer codes for accelerator design and analysis.

Experience with accelerator theory, including both single-particle beam dynamics and collective effects.

Proficiency with programming languages and numerical methods used in scientific research.

Ability to work independently and in collaboration with scientists both within and outside LBNL.

Excellent analytical, organizational and multi-tasking skills.

Good communication skills. Ability to present research results effectively.

Availability to travel and present work at collaboration meetings, workshops and conferences.

Additional Desired Qualifications:


Experience with Fortran90 and MPI.

Please provide the following required materials along with your application:


Cover letter

Curriculum vitae

Statement of research interests

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

Notes: Berkeley Lab understands the postdoctoral experience in a research environment is unique. We are committed to the growth and development of early career researchers in pursuit of becoming next generation scientists and engineers. Read about the excellent postdoctoral benefits at Berkeley Lab.

This is a 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 2 years paid postdoctoral experience.

Salary for postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree. Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates. This position requires completion of a background check.

There are multiple openings for this position.

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