The successful candidate will participate in experiments on laser acceleration of electrons, including acceleration towards 10 GeV with the BELLA PW laser, staging of laser-plasma acceleration modules at the multi-GeV level, and novel laser injection methods for generating high quality electron beams.
The successful candidate will participate in high energy density science experiments at the BELLA PW laser, including advanced laser-ion acceleration concepts with ultra-high laser contrasts and laser intensities >10^21 W/cm^2. The successful candidate will participate in in the improvement and upgrade of the BELLA PW laser facility, including design and implementation of plasma mirror systems for contrast improvement and design and construction of novel diagnostics.
The successful candidates will join the BELLA center team in all aspects of research and development in laser-plasma acceleration experiments of electrons to multi-GeV energies or in the BELLA-i initiative on high energy density science experiments including the implementation and commissioning of a new short focal length beamline that will provide short pulse laser intensities >10^21 W/cm^2 at a repetition rate of 1 Hz for a series of basic science campaigns. Exceptional candidates may also have the opportunity to contribute in both topical areas. The successful candidates must work collaboratively with scientists (theorists and experimentalist), engineers, postdocs technicians and students, document and communicate results of work in peer-reviewed journal publications and oral presentation and participate in meetings, conferences, and reviews.
What You Will Do:
In collaboration with members of the BELLA center and LBNL staff, design, assemble, and operate the experiments on staged laser-plasma acceleration of electrons or in high energy density science.
Perform research on the development of the experiments, including on beam line design and implementation of a second laser beamline at the BELLA PW laser or the new short focal length beam line and laser-matter interaction chamber, laser and ion beam transport, laser systems and laser optics.
Research developing laser-plasma interaction experiments, including laser-plasma acceleration of electrons and ions and experiments with laser accelerated particles.
Collaborate on the experiments, working closely with LBNL scientists, other Postdocs and students, and users from other institutions.
Communicate results through internal reports, internal and external presentations, and peer-reviewed publications.
Proactively promote and participate in matters relating to safety and environmentally sensitive work practices.
Adhere to ES&H policies and attend required training as required.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
May, together with senior project team members, supervise the activities of and train undergraduate and graduate students and visitors.
What is Required:
Recent Ph.D. degree in physics or related field.
Experience in laser-plasma experiments.
Experience in the design, construction, and operation of a laser-plasma experiments.
Interest in high energy density science.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to work effectively in a team that includes, engineers, computer scientists, scientific staff, technicians, and students.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Ability to supervise and train undergraduate and graduate students and visitors.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
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.
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