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Post Doctorate Research Associate - Arms Control Verification

The Applied Radiation Detection (ARD) Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) provides technical leadership and expertise with radiation detection technologies to solve challenging problems affecting national and global security. Projects within the group range from highly applied projects in support of international treaties and national security to fundamental science projects in the areas of nuclear science, novel sensor technology development, and machine learning algorithms.
The ARD Group is seeking postdoctoral candidates who will contribute to new arms control verification projects. The successful candidate will be called on to perform the following tasks:

- Use advanced modeling and simulation tools to design radiation detection systems
- Design and execute laboratory experiments and assist with measurement campaigns
- Design and build prototype radiation detection systems

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.
Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated experience in the following:
- Setup and use of commercial detector systems
- Development of analysis algorithms for a variety of detection problems, including neutron multiplicity and high-resolution gamma spectroscopy
- Nuclear data analysis
- Radiation transport simulation and analysis with MCNP or Geant4
Desirable Qualifications:
- Ability to communicate effectively via technical writing and oral presentation
- Proficiency in programming (e.g., Python, Matlab, ROOT, C++)
- Demonstrated creativity and highly developed problem-solving skills
- Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment
Preferred Education:
Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering or Physics; will also consider candidates possessing Ph.D. in related field with demonstrated experience in neutron and gamma-ray non-destructive assay.