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Postdoctoral Scholar – Nuclear Engineering - College of Engineering

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 20th, 2018
Last review date: Sunday, Mar 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Bay Area Neutron Group (BANG) in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley welcomes applications for a postdoctoral scholar to support a project in low energy experimental nuclear physics. The goal of this work, in collaboration with US DOE national laboratories, is to measure, compile and analyze nuclear data required for basic and applied nuclear science. BANG brings together academics and national laboratory scientists to address nuclear science inquiry for applications. Most of this work will take place in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Brookhaven National Laboratories.

BANG seeks applications for two Postdoctoral Scholar employees, in the area of Nuclear Engineering, Physics, or in a related field, at 100% time. The candidate will perform work under the supervision of Professor Lee Bernstein and Dr. Bethany Goldblum.

Appointment Length:
This is a full-time, one-year position and the appointment may be renewable for a second & third year depending on availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Anticipated start date is early 2019.

The candidates will contribute through software and hardware development, data analysis and interpretation, manuscript development, and communication of the work at relevant scientific meetings. Work will be performed at the 88-Inch Cyclotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Also, potential activities within scope include the measurement of inelastic scattering cross sections on actinide nuclei for the design of novel nuclear energy systems, the measurement of independent and cumulative fission yields using cyclical neutron activation analysis, the measurement of charged-particle and neutron-induced reaction cross sections relevant to the production of radionuclides for medical applications, and the development of customized nuclear databases for nonproliferation applications.

Basic Qualifications:
• Must have an advanced degree or enrolled in an advanced degree program at time of application.

Additional Qualifications (By Start Date):
• PhD degree or equivalent international degree.
• Experience with aspects of gamma and/or neutron radiation detection hardware, data acquisition, data analysis, and simulation.

Preferred Qualifications:
• PhD or equivalent degree in Nuclear Engineering, Physics, or in a related field.
• Demonstrated creativity and highly developed problem solving skills
• Superior academic achievement and publication record
• Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills and teamwork
• Demonstrated proficiency with scintillator detectors and nuclear instrumentation
• Experience with nuclear physics data analysis (e.g., ROOT)
• Demonstrated proficiency in Monte Carlo based radiation transport codes (e.g., GEANT4)
• Demonstrated experience in design optimization of radiation detectors and imaging systems

The full-time annual salary will be $55,000 - $69,000 with full postdoctoral benefits; commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure:
To apply go to
Please direct all questions for this position to Dr. Bethany Goldblum,, with the subject line: Nuclear Engineer Postdoctoral.

This position will remain open until filled.

To receive full consideration interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes:
• Curriculum Vitae: Your most recently updated C.V.
• Cover Letter: 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals.
• Academic Transcripts: Will only be solicited for finalists.
• 3 references required (contact information only): Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists.

The total duration of an individual's postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at other institutions. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals.

  • Academic Transcripts - Will only be solicited for finalists

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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