Postdoctoral Position in Physics

Argonne National Laboratory

United States

The Theory Group in the Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory is now seeking a diverse slate of candidates for one or more postdoctoral positions in nuclear theory, to begin in Fall 2023. The positions are for two years, with the possibility of one additional year contingent upon funding and performance. Applications received by 18 November 2022 will receive our fullest consideration. The Theory Group currently has three staff members [Ian Cloët, Alessandro Lovato, and Yong Zhao], as well as several postdocs and students. The group has a broad-ranging research program in QCD/hadron physics and nuclear structure/reactions and has access to extensive laboratory and national computational resources. We are particularly seeking candidates whose research interests overlap with two recently funded nuclear physics SciDAC-5 projects: 1) Femtoscale Imaging of Nuclei using Exascale Platforms and 2) Fundamental nuclear physics at the exascale and beyond. Skills of interest include lattice field theory, Bayesian inference, high performance computing, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and quantum information science. About Argonne and the Physics Division: Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where talented scientists and engineers work together to answer the biggest questions facing humanity. The laboratory works in concert with universities, industry, and other national laboratories on questions and experiments too large for any one institution to do by itself. Surrounded by the highest concentration of top-tier research organizations in the world, Argonne leverages its Chicago-area location to lead discovery and to drive innovation in a wide range of core scientific capabilities, from nuclear physics and materials science to biology and advanced computer science. The Physics Division (PHY) at Argonne has a long and distinguished history in nuclear physics and currently has a staff of around 110, including more than 30 Ph.D.'s and 20 postdoctoral scholars. PHY research focuses on developing a fundamental understanding of the constituents of matter, and has major programs in nuclear theory, low-energy nuclear physics, medium-energy nuclear physics, fundamental interactions, and accelerator technology, with additional smaller-scale programs in optical trapping of atoms, quantum simulation, and applications of nuclear science. A primary mission of PHY is to operate the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) as a national user facility for low-energy nuclear physics. Position Requirements Further information on our group and its research activities can be found at Interested applicants should complete the following three steps: Complete the application herein. Email a curriculum vitae and a one-page statement of research interests to Ian Cloët ( Please identify for which position/requisition (#414256) you are applying. Arrange for three letters of recommendation to be emailed to the same address. Any questions about the position may be sent to Ian Cloët ( Applicants must have a PhD in theoretical physics, or a related field or equivalent completed prior to the start date of the postdoctoral position and no more than 5 years of postdoctoral experience. We are seeking a diverse slate of candidates, so welcome applications from all those interested that broadly meet these criteria. Job Family Postdoctoral Family Job Profile Postdoctoral Appointee Worker Type Long-Term (Fixed Term) Time Type Full time As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. 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