September 10, 2016
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Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Berkeley, CA

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    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Location
    Berkeley, CA
  • Job Type
  • Job Classification
    Full Time
  • Experience
    Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
  • Education
    Doctoral Degree
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Job Description

Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!

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 multiple openings for Physicist Postdoctoral Fellows to work at the Center for Beam Physics (CBP) and the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center to develop and apply advanced computational methods and tools for plasma accelerators.

In collaboration with the Computational Research Division at LBNL, the National Energy Research Supercomputing Center, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, our team will lead the development of a new simulation tool that will harness the power of future exascale supercomputers for the exploration of outstanding questions in the physics of acceleration and transport of particle beams in chains of plasma channels. The new code will combine two major software components: the Particle-In-Cell framework Warp and the Adaptive Mesh Refinement BoxLib, and is one of the 15 research applications that are being funded by the Department of Energys Exascale Computing Project.

Emphasis will be on the development of the new software and its utilization for the modeling of laser-plasma interactions, particle acceleration, and particle beam-plasma interactions.

Specific Responsibilities:


Collaborate in the development of the new software for existing and future exascale supercomputers.

Pursue forefront computational and theoretical physics studies in the areas of laser-plasma interactions, particle acceleration, and particle beam-plasma interactions.

Conduct original research independently and in collaborations.

Interact with LBNL and other investigators working on the same project and related scientific problems.

Prepare research papers for publication.

Develop research presentations for seminars and conference.

Required Qualifications:


Ph.D. in Physics or a related field.

Experience in large-scale parallel computer modeling of laser-plasma interactions, plasma-based acceleration, advanced accelerator concepts, or related fields.

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

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

Excellent analytical, organizational and multitasking skills.

Good communication skills.

Effective research presentation skills.

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

Additional Desired Qualifications:


Experience with Fortran90, MPI, OpenMP, Python.

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.



This is a 2 year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

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.

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.

Berkeley Lab addresses the worlds most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Labs scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energys Office of Science.

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