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Brookhaven National Laboratory Assistant Physicist for Radiation Detection in Upton, New York

Assistant Physicist for Radiation Detection

  • Job ID #: 2581

  • Position Type: Full Time - Term

  • FLSA: Exempt

  • Job Category: Scientific Staff

  • Department: NN-Nonprof. National Security

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Why Work at BNL?

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

The Nonproliferation and National Security Department (NN) contributes to U.S. nuclear security and safeguards efforts by assisting in the development, analysis and assessment of policies that strengthen international regimes, collecting and analyzing data to identify trends and threats to the U.S. and international communities, developing and implementing new technologies to address existing and emerging threats, and strengthening the domestic and international institutions that form the framework of the nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security regimes through training and engagement.

Within NN, the Data-driven Intelligence and Security group aids national security interests by creating techniques that incorporate computer science, data science, cyber security technologies, and intelligence analysis.

Position Description

The Data-driven Intelligence and Security Group is seeking a 2-year term Physicist with computational and programming skills to work in a team to support the development of solutions to national security problems with technology, algorithms and machine learning. The incumbent will also collaborate with the Radiation Detection and Emerging Safeguards Technologies Group in the development of detector and security systems for international safeguard applications. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare proposals seeking funding from federal and non-federal agencies, by contributing to others’ proposals and by preparing independent proposals

  • Lead projects as funded or assigned

  • Develop algorithms with machine learning capabilities to operate detectors and other instrumentation, collect and analyze data, and report results

  • Be an emerging leader in the design, development, and implementation of innovative projects designed to improve the technical aspects of safeguards and national security technologies

  • Support existing programs in international nuclear safeguards, university outreach, and homeland security

  • Support programs in the design, development, and implementation of equipment testing for field implementation and data collection for the Department of Homeland Security

  • Write interim and final project reports and presentations

  • Publish results of research and development in peer-reviewed, scientific journals

    Position Requirements

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A PhD in one of the following: physics, electrical engineering or relevant fields

  • Experience with Python programing and in machine learning

  • Experience with detectors and detector instrumentation

  • Experience with synchrotron beamline instrumentation

  • Experience with Autodesk Inventor for instrument and/or circuitry design

  • Experience in computer system architecture

  • Demonstrated detector instrumentation system design and construction expertise

  • Excellent interpersonal and clear and concise communication skills

  • Understanding of policy pertaining to international nuclear safeguards and national security

  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally as required for project work and laboratory representation

  • Proven ability to disseminate research results by writing manuscripts and giving academic presentations

  • Demonstrated ability to present information and ideas on technical issues to diverse groups (international, non-scientist, and scientist populations)

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Understanding of the International Atomic Energy Agency's inspection and verification efforts

  • Understanding of DOE/NNSA's NA-24 support of IAEA initiatives and technology development efforts

    Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass Radworker training requirements and be willing to work in a radiation environment


  • The candidate chosen would be hired for an initial 2-year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding

  • Irregular hours possible based on experiment design and on program requirements

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)

  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan

  • 401(k) Plan

  • Flexible Work Arrangements

  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs

  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation: Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

    Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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