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Assistant Research Engineer - Nuclear Engineering - College of Engineering

Position overview

Salary range: $107,600 - $118,700
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Summer 2021
Position duration: 1 year

Application Window

Open date: July 19th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 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: Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 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.

Position description

The Bay Area Neutron Group (BANG) and the Data Evaluation for Applied Nuclear Science (DEANS) Group in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley welcome applications for an Assistant Research Engineer to perform independent research in low energy experimental nuclear physics. In collaboration with US DOE national laboratories, BANG and DEANS bring together academics and national laboratory scientists to address nuclear data inquiry for applications. The candidate will perform work under the supervision of Professor Lee Bernstein and Dr. Bethany Goldblum.

The candidate will lead fundamental studies of low energy nuclear physics, including but not limited to 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. The research duties also involve hardware and software development, data analysis and interpretation, and method development for low energy experimental nuclear physics. The candidate will be expected to author peer-reviewed articles, engage on multiple research projects, set technical agendas, develop the technical vision for the research objectives, draft and revise technical papers and reports using sound scientific judgment, and prepare and make technical presentations at research and technical conferences on research progress. In addition, the candidate will facilitate interactions with other research organizations and/or groups to promote collaboration and enhance the impact of research results.

This position is covered by the UC-UAW collective bargaining agreement for Academic Researchers. The current contract can be found here: Additional information can be found on the website:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    PhD or equivalent international degree at time of application

Preferred qualifications
    • PhD or equivalent degree in Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Chemistry, or in a related field
    • Postdoctoral experience
    • Experience with aspects of gamma and/or neutron radiation detection hardware, data acquisition, data analysis, and simulation.
    • Demonstrated creativity and highly developed problem solving skills
    • Superior academic achievement and publication record
    • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills, leadership and teamwork skills
    • Demonstrated expertise 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

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Berkeley, CA