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Physicist Research Scientist - 102147

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California, US
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3 Aug 2024

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Physicist Research Scientist - 102147

Division: AA-Accelerator Tech-Applied Physics

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL, Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics (ATAP, https: // Division has an opening for a Physicist Research Scientist to work within the Fusion Sciences and Ion Beam Technology (FS/IBT, program/) Program.

The FS/IBT Program develops particle beam and plasma technologies. It applies them to various fields, such as fusion energy sciences, climate science, and quantum information science. FS&IBT pursues R&D opportunities that support the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and that map to the strategic goals of the DOE Office of Science Programs and those of other DOE offices, federal agencies, and industrial partners. Our R&D directions include applied quantum information science, radiation effects in materials, energy and climate science, and nuclear data science.

In this role, you will work as a key member of a team of physicists, engineers, technicians, and students. FS/IBT develops laser, plasma and particle beam driven research in a broad area of basic research and applied physics. The primary role of the Research Scientist is assisting in the managing of several research projects, developing and operating the experiments in the laboratory, as well as providing support for beam times at several research institutes.

Working collaboratively with ATAP scientists, engineers, postdoctoral scholars, technicians and students, document and communicate results of work in peer-reviewed journals, oral presentations, and participate in meetings, conferences and reviews.

What You Will Do:

  • Support on-going and future R&D projects in the FS/IBT Program and other efforts in ATAP by working collaboratively to develop our main science areas: Quantum information processing, quantum sensor development, quantum emitter development for quantum communication, and laser, particle beam and plasma source, particle accelerator and detector development (for example for QIS and fusion research);
  • Work effectively in a team with other members of the FSIBT Program to achieve required milestones on existing projects. • Execute experiments for ongoing projects (quantum information processing, detector development, accelerator development, associated particle imaging);
  • Document and communicate results of work in peer-reviewed journal publications and oral/poster presentations at conferences, as well as for internal reports and presentations;
  • Develop research proposals in response to funding opportunity announcements;
  • Mentor and supervise interns, students, and Postdocs;
  • Adhere to Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) policies and attend training classes as required and proactively promote and participate in our safety culture;
  • Adhere and promote IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability).

What is Required:

  • Ph.D. degree in physics or related field, with expertise and a record of publication in relevant areas; normally with less than 5 years of relevant experience;
  • Experience with broad multidisciplinary expertise in ion beam research;
  • Demonstrated proficiency of written and oral presentation of scientific results;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Relevant publication record and demonstration of proficient written and oral presentation of scientific results;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team that includes engineers, scientific staff, technicians, and students;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Experience with laser and particle beam systems (including vacuum technology, operation of high voltage power supplies, etc.), laser plasma ion acceleration, and diagnostics (spin readout, low temperature measurements, radiation detectors, beam current and profile measurements, etc.);
  • Experience with data analysis;
  • Experience with different types of experiments relevant to quantum information processing (photo luminescence, low temperature measurement, Hall measurements, etc.);
  • Experience working at high power laser user facilities to execute experiments for laser-ion doping and qubit formation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Cleanroom experience: sample cleaning, mask & lithography, metal deposition.


  • This is a full time 2-year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs;
  • The full salary range of this position is between $7,445 to $17,868 per month and is expected to pay between a targeted range of $9,927 to $13,897 per month. Salary will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification, skills, knowledge, and abilities, including relevant education, certifications, and years of experience and aligned with internal peer group. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position;
  • 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;
  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab (LBNL, addresses the world’s 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 Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 16 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab - Click Here ( and-benefits/index.html).

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA, https://diversity.lbl. gov/ideaberkeleylab/) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments.

Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links: Know your rights, click here (http://www.dol. gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/ofccpost.htm) for the supplement: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision ( 20English_formattedESQA508c.pdf) under 41 CFR 60-1.40.


From the infinite scale of the universe to the infinitesimal scale of subatomic particles, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Berkeley Lab – are advancing the scope of human knowledge and seeking science solutions to some of the greatest problems facing humankind

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