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Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Owen Chamberlain Fellowships in Experimental Particle Physics and Cosmology

The Physics Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) announces the competition for the 2019 Owen Chamberlain Fellowships in Experimental Particle Physics and Cosmology.

The Physics Division pursues a broad portfolio of experimental research including high-energy collider physics (ATLAS), Mu2e, neutrino physics (DUNE, ProtoDUNE, Daya Bay), cosmology (DESI, DES, eBOSS, LSST, Type Ia Supernovae), direct detection of dark matter (LZ, low-mass searches), CMB (Simons Array, Simons Observatory, CMB-S4), and Quantum Information Science. We also have a long tradition of advanced detector development and advanced computational research. Chamberlain Fellows may join any of the above programs, subject to funding availability.

Chamberlain Fellows are appointed for 3 years, with the possibility of a 2-year renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.  Appointments may start during the 2019 calendar year. Appointees will receive an annual research supplement of $5,000.Position Duties:

  • Work on experiments in High Energy Particle Physics or Cosmology with involvement in the design, construction, execution, and analysis of data from the experiment.

  • Conduct original research independently and in collaboration.

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

  • Prepare research papers for publication.

  • Present research findings at seminars and conferences.

Position Requirements:

  • Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or a related field, or should expect to receive their Ph.D. by the time the appointment begins.

  • Candidates should have no more than 2 years in a prior postdoctoral appointment when the appointment begins.

  • Experience in particle physics and/or cosmological research.

  • Evidence of potential for high level of achievement as an independent researcher.

  • Ability to work as a team member to accomplish goals.

More information found here.

Posted:August 21, 2018

Review beginning onOctober 15, 2018


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Experimental Nuclear Science

The successful candidate will work in the NSCL Spinlab group, whose members focus on the tests of fundamental symmetries and precision measurements. Amongst others, Spinlab develops techniques to optically manipulate and probe atomic nuclei. The successful candidate is expected to take a leading role in the development and testing of a new general-purpose high-efficiency molecular beam source for use in electric dipole moment searches using rare highly-deformed nuclei.

More information found here.

Posted:August 21, 2018

Review beginning on July 23, 2018

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Low Energy Nuclear Physics

The Experimental Low-Energy Nuclear Physics Group at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (UTK) is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position in direct reaction studies. The UTK group currently performs experiments using the VANDLE and HAGRiD arrays to measure neutrons and gamma rays emitted following direct reactions. Additionally, in partnership with our collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Rutgers University, we use the ORRUBA and SIDAR arrays of silicon detectors to measure charged particles from transfer reactions. The group has been involved in the development of the GODDESS combined array of ORRUBA and Gammasphere, and experiments with GODDESS at Argonne National Laboratory. Additionally, we perform experiments at other facilities using in-house equipment, including a recent experiment at ISAC II (TRIUMF) using the solid deuterium target and detector system, IRIS.

More information found here.

Posted:August 21, 2018

Start: January 2019

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH

Tenure Track position in GSI Superheavy Element Physics

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung operates a unique large-scale accelerator for ions. Researchers from around the world use this facility for experiments which help them make fascinating discoveries concerning the building blocks of matter and the evolution of the universe. In addition, they continually develop novel applications in medicine and technology. In the coming years the new international accelerator facility FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), one of the largest research projects worldwide, will be built at GSI.

In the SHE-Physics Department (Physics of superheavy elements) at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum in Darmstadt we are looking for a

Physicist (PhD) Experimental atomic/nuclear physics / (f/m) – Tenure Track
Reference number: 1210-18.129

The successful candidate will work on the following tasks:

  • responsible for the Penning trap mass spectrometer SHIPTRAP

  • high-precision mass measurements of radionuclides, in particular in the region of the heaviest elements

  • methodical and technical developments for increased efficiency, sensitivity and precision in mass spectrometry of radionuclides

  • active participation in the preparation, performing, and analysis of all experiments of the SHE physics department

  • the candidate will be responsible for electronics and data acquisition systems of the SHE physics department

  • supervision of undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers

Applicants should fulfill the following criteria:

  • PhD in experimental atomic or nuclear physics

  • experience in Penning trap mass spectrometry of radionuclides

  • experience in SHE research is desirable

  • sound knowledge of the electronics, data and control acquisition systems is highly desirable

  • good communication skills, team working abilities and a precise, structured approach to working

  • very good verbal and written English

The position is initially limited to five years in line with a tenure-track treatment. After positive evaluation, it is possible to transfer in an unlimited employment. Salary is equivalent to that for public employees as specified in the collective agreement for public employees (TVöD Bund).

Job link

Posted: August 21, 2018

Review will begin on September 7, 2018

Arizona State University

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Stellar Astrophysics

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with Prof. Frank Timmes. The appointee will conduct research in support of the Arizona State University node of the NSF Physics Frontier Center JINA-CEE (Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics – Center for the Evolution of the Elements).

More information about the School can be found here:

The initial appointment is for two years with a subsequent renewal for up to one additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance, the needs of the university, and availability of resources. The earliest start date is September 1, 2018. This position comes with a competitive salary and benefits.

Minimum qualifications include a PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics or related field by the start date, and a research background in one or more of the following topics, broadly interpreted: nuclear
astrophysics, stellar evolution, and/or computational fluid dynamics. Candidates must be within five years from receipt of their doctoral degree.

Desired qualifications include demonstrated experience using the Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics (MESA) and/or the FLASH software instruments.

To apply, please submit a single PDF document to incorporating:
(1) a cover letter,
(2) a CV with a publication list, and
(3) contact information for three references.

Complete applications will be reviewed beginning August 1, 2018.
Complete applications received after this date are still welcome and will be reviewed every two weeks until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

Posted: July 31, 2018

Michigan State University

JINA-CEE Postdoc Position for Nuclear Astrophysics Data

The JINA Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking a highly qualified individual as postdoctoral fellow to work on nuclear astrophysics data evaluation and dissemination.

JINA-CEE is a multi-institutional NSF Physics Frontiers Center focusing on research at the intersection of astrophysics and nuclear physics. The center brings together nuclear physicists, astrophysicists, and astronomers to address open questions related to the origin of the elements and the properties of nuclear matter in neutron stars. JINA-CEE consists of a unique network of four core institutions (MSU, Arizona State University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Washington) and 22 associated institutions in seven countries.

The research activities of the successful candidate will focus on evaluating experimental and theoretical nuclear data, supplementing experimental information with theoretical calculations, and the development and dissemination of data products such as astrophysical reaction rates needed for astrophysical applications. Very close collaboration with nuclear experimentalists, nuclear theorists, and astrophysicists across the JINA-CEE network is required. The successful candidate will also collaborate closely with nuclear data evaluators within the US Nuclear Data Program, in particular with the evaluators located at Michigan State University.

The position is located at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA and initially limited to 1 year, though subsequent reappointments are possible. The position requires a PhD in nuclear physics, nuclear and radiochemistry, astronomy, or a related field. The preferred candidate should have some theoretical or experimental experience related to nuclear astrophysics data. An asset, but not required will be past experience with evaluating experimental nuclear data for astrophysical purposes, with producing nuclear astrophysics data sets, with data dissemination, and/or with some of the theoretical tools used to analyze and complement experimental data to obtain astrophysical rates. The position provides an excellent opportunity for a candidate with a background in nuclear science or nuclear astrophysics to start a career in nuclear data evaluations and management.

Interested candidates should upload a CV and cover letter addressing previous experience in relation to the above stated responsibilities at (search for the posting 520502)

Prof. Hendrik Schatz
Michigan State University, NSCL
640 S. Shaw Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824, USA


Posted: July 31, 2018

Review will begin on August 31, 2018

University of Hull

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis

A non-JINA post-doctoral position is available at the University of Hull, UK, to work with Marco Pignatari on Computational Astrophysics. Find full details and apply online at

Posted: July 6, 2018

MCgill university

Postdoctoral Fellow for Ba-tagging with nEXO

The experimental particle physics group at McGill University is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to
join the local nEXO team and develop ion-extraction techniques from xenon for our Ba-tagging
efforts. nEXO is a next generation neutrinoless double beta decay experiment searching for this
beyond the Standard Model weak process in the isotope Xe-136.  For more information, see attached PDF.

Posted: June 28, 2018

Institut de physique nuclÉaire de lyon, france

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Nuclear Astrophysics

The successful candidate will work with the local team in the framework of a collaboration with the nuclear astrophysics group of GANIL (Grand Accélérateur National d'Ions Lourds, in Caen, France). The work will be focused on the preparation of an experimental campaign aiming at the measurement of cross sections that are crucial for the modelling of the p-process nucleosynthesis.  For more information, see attached PDF.

Posted: June 13, 2018, Due: July 31, 2018

Purdue University

Postdoctoral Opportunity at Purdue University

Purdue University has a postdoctoral position open.  The successful applicant will work with faculty and students in the particle physics group contributing to the development, commissioning, and initial operation of the Mu2e experiment at Fermilab. The initial appointment is for 1 year with a 2 year renewal thereafter.  For more information, please see attached ad:

Posted: June 5, 2018


Theoretical Astrophysics Postdoctoral Position

Montreal University / Geneva University invite applications for a postdoctoral position in deep learning for the analysis of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) data. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team co-headed by Jean-François Arguin (Physics Department, U. de Montréal), Alain Tapp (MILA, U. de Montréal) and Tobias Golling (Physics Department, U de Genève) that is funded by the IVADO institute. It consists in developing and applying machine learning techniques, with a focus on deep learning, to the analysis of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) data. The LHC is one of the most ambitious experiment ever conducted. It collides protons together near the speed of light to reproduce the conditions of the Universe right after the Big Bang. It is located at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland. It possesses all the features of Big Data: 1e16 collisions are produced each year, each producing hundreds of particles and each of these particle leaving a complex signature in the 100 million electronic channels of the ATLAS detector.

The candidate should hold a PhD in computing science, physics or an equivalent related field, and to have expertise in machine learning. Experience in deep learning is a plus. The candidate is expected to be proficient in machine learning libraries such as Theano, Torch, TensorFlow or Keras. 

The candidate should send a CV, a brief description of research experience and interests, a list of publications, and arrange to have two or more letters of recommendation sent to:

Professor Jean-François Arguin (

Applications received by June 15, 2018 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority in case of equal qualification.


Posted: May 30, 2018

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories,  Chalk River

Applied Physicist, Two Permanent Positions Open

Apply to these positions directly from, or follow this direct link:

Posted: August 22, 2017

Updated: Jun 13, 2018

Argonne National Laboratory

Physics Division: Low Energy Heavy-Ion Group

The Low-Energy Heavy-Ion group of Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory invitesyou to apply for a postdoctoral position beginning immediately.  This position will contribute toour program to identify, develop, and expand new opportunities in experimental nuclear research at Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS), a national user facility. ATLAS is a world renowned accelerator system that has allowed for significant contributions to be made in the advancement of nuclear physics research.

The Physics Division has an active and broad ranging program at the intersection of nuclear and atomic physics. We are looking for recent Ph.D. graduates who want to take challenging roles in the nuclear structure research programs at ATLAS, with a primary focus on utilizing the GRETINA HPGe detector array. The successful candidate is expected to have experience in gamma-ray detectors and techniques, as well as in multi-parameter digital data-acquisition systems, and in analysis data from accelerator-based experiments.

This position requires a Ph.D. in nuclear or atomic physics or related field.  The appointment will be for two years contingent on continued external funding. For more information about the opportunities, contact Dr. Michael P. Carpenter ( or Dr. Shaofei Zhu (

Posted: August 8, 2017

Insight Fellowship Positions (Various)

Insight Fellows Program runs continuously throughout the year at different locations, please see links for more information:

Insight Fellows Programs:
- 7 week, full-time training fellowship
- Mentorship from leading industry data scientists, data engineers & AI specialists
- Join an active community of Insight alumni
- Self-directed, project-based learning followed by interviews at top companies
- Tuition-free with need-based scholarships available to help cover living costs

Insight awards four distinct Fellowships - learn more & apply:
Data Science
- For PhDs & Postdocs
- Locations: Silicon Valley, NYC, Boston, Seattle & Remote
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- Locations: Silicon Valley & Boston
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Data Engineering
- For Bachelors, Masters or PhDs & professional engineers
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Updated: Jun 13, 2018

Technical University Darmstadt

PhD Position at Institute for Nuclear Physics, Techinical University Darmstadt

Please see the following PDF for more information or go to the website

Updated: Jun 13, 2018

unam (ifunam)

Postdoc Openings at UNAM (IFUNAM) in Experimental HEP

The Physics Institute at UNAM (IFUNAM), Mexico, has an opening for a Postdoc in experimental HEP to participate in ALICE-CERN V0+ detector development. V0+ is an integral part of the new Fast Interaction Trigger (FIT) for the upgrade of ALICE detector to be implemented during the Long Shutdown 2 scheduled for 2019-2020. Interested applicants should submit a CV and 3 letters of recommendation to:
Arturo Menchaca-Rocha