Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Research Associate (LAr TPC Neutrino)

Scientific Computing Division

Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and South Dakota and at locations around the world, including Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole. Fermilab welcomes the experiences, perspectives, and strengths of a diverse workforce and offers mentoring programs to support the success of all members of the workforce.

The Scientific Computing Division seeks outstanding applicants for a postdoctoral Research Associate position working on neutrino experiments that use liquid argon time projection chambers (LAr TPC).

Fermilab has a strong and diverse research program in neutrino physics and an extensive array of LAr TPC experiments. Fermilab is the home of the Short Baseline Neutrino program and the host lab for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). As the successful candidate, you will conduct physics research and publish analysis of neutrino detector data on a topic of your choice.

In parallel to physics analysis, you will bring your physics expertise and learn from a team of world-leading HEP computing experts and extreme-scale computing experts from the DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program to gain expertise in modern software development. You will research portability solutions that enable LAr TPC physicists to develop efficient algorithmic code that can run simultaneously on CPUs and a variety of compute accelerators like GPUs.

The position is for a period of up to three (3) years with the potential for extension considered on a yearly basis thereafter.


  • PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, or related field by the time of the appointment.
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishments in experimental physics.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, examples can include presentations at scientific conferences, or a record of publication in science communication, community engagement, or peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience in scientific computing for physics experiments. Experience in the area of scientific software frameworks, algorithm development, or simulation in C++ or a similar programming language is a plus but not required.
  • You Will
    • Respect, understand and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity. Abide by and be responsible for performing all activities in accordance with all environmental, health, and safety regulations and practices.
    • Work collaboratively in a fast-paced team environment respecting and building upon the contributions of others.

Physical Activity and Work Conditions
HUMAN FACTORS: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Tight Work Schedule, and Visually Demanding. Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit the following application materials via Academic Jobs Online (AJO): academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17787

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement
  • Publication List
  • At Least Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at the AJO site).

For general information about this position, please contact Mike Kirby at kirby@fnal.gov

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Underrepresented groups/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Last updated: 2021-03-26