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Research physicist in Berkeley, CA for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Job : 06-Jul-22

Location: Berkeley, California

Preferred education: 4 year diploma


Physics: applied


Private sector

Work function:

To research

Research scientist in physics – 96055

Division: AA-Accelerator Tech-Applied Phys

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division, has an opening for a Research Physicist (Career or Career) to join the Advanced Light Source (ALS) Accelerator Physics Group (APG).

ALS is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Facility whose excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft X-ray, hard X-ray, and infrared regimes attract more than 2,000 academic and industrial users. each year in disciplines spanning physics, chemistry, materials, biology, energy and earth sciences. The ALS has been a world leader in soft X-ray science for more than two decades, thanks also to the multiple upgrades the ALS accelerator complex has undergone over the years. In particular, the ALS Storage Ring is currently undergoing a Large-Scale Accelerator Upgrade (ALS-U) that will provide a two-order-of-magnitude increase in luminosity, equipping the facility with state-of-the-art X-ray capabilities. It’s an exciting time to join our team and in particular the ALS Accelerator Physics Group!

This APG position includes responsibilities and active participation in all Group activities, including ALS operations and the development of short, medium and long term ALS upgrades. As a member of the APG, you will also actively participate with the appropriate level of commitment in the ALS-U project with responsibilities in the physics-related activities for the new accelerator and, in the coming years, its commissioning. service.

What will you do:

  • To help ensure that the ALS Accelerator Complex operates at peak performance as well as safely and reliably.
  • Pursue accelerator physics studies with a view to optimizing the performance of the ALS.
  • Effectively participate in the implementation of planned upgrades and the performance of R&D on accelerators to develop future upgrades. Participate in the preparation of funding proposals for accelerator R&D activities.
  • Participate in the development of hardware and/or software tools (diagnostics, modeling, operational analysis, etc.) for ALS Accelerators.
  • Work collaboratively with physicists, engineers, and technical personnel to support ALS operations and improvements.
  • Prepare scientific papers and publish in peer-reviewed journals and present research at seminars and conferences.
  • Adhere to environmental, safety and health (EH&S) policies and practices.
  • Actively follow and implement the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) in day-to-day operations and work performance.

What is required:

  • PhD or equivalent experience in accelerator physics and, some experience for the career case, or several years of work experience for the career case, in some of the following areas:
    • Acceleration operations.
    • Experimental studies of beam physics.
    • Development and implementation of new capabilities on an existing accelerator.
    • Development of beam diagnostic systems.
    • Modeling of charged particle beams.
    • Theoretical study of the behavior of beams.
  • Published record of accelerator physics research appropriate for this career level.
  • Ability to work well in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with members of LBNL divisions as required by work assignments, including other scientists, post-docs, students, technical and administrative support staff.
  • Ability to program in various software languages ​​to develop applications in support of facility operation and accelerator physics studies and R&D activities.
  • Ability to effectively pursue work activities both independently and as part of a team while maintaining a respectful, pleasant and constructive attitude in interactions.

Desired degrees:

  • Experiment with an operational synchrotron light source.
  • Experience with operational linacs and/or injectors.


  • This position will be hired as a full-time, fixed-term appointment that may be renewed for up to a maximum of five years and may be converted to a career dependent on satisfactory work performance, continued availability of funds and ongoing operational needs OR a full-time career commitment, exempt (monthly pay) from overtime pay.
  • This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the needs of the business and the skills, knowledge and abilities of the successful candidate.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. All convictions will be assessed to determine if they are directly related to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify a candidate from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

How to register

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

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