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Postdoctoral Research Associate Accelerator Physics

Position Description:
The Electron Ion Collider Department has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on developing and implementing accelerator design which will ensure high polarization of electron and proton beams in the EIC. This involves working on beam polarization theory and polarization simulations for verifying and optimizing the EIC design parameters, and for developing machine tuning methods which can be applied during the EIC commissioning and operation for maximizing beam polarization.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Participate in the designs of the EIC constituent accelerators to ensure good polarization performance
  • Realize spin simulations for EIC electron and hadron rings to study effects of machine errors, imperfections and beam-beam interactions on beam polarization
  • Develop correction schemes and accelerator tuning procedures that can be used at accelerator commissioning and operation to maximize beam polarization
  • Interact with the lattice design team to provide them with clear guidance on improving the lattice design for better beam polarization
  • Participate in the assessment of proposed changes to the accelerators regarding high polarization performance
Position Requirements
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • PhD in Accelerator Physics, Physics, or related area
  • Familiarity with computer programming languages such as C++, PYTHON, or similar
  • Knowledge of basic aspects of polarized beam dynamics in electron and/or proton accelerators
  • Good mathematical and problem-solving skills
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Experience with beam polarization simulations
  • Experience with accelerator experiments and operations in general
  • Basic knowledge of following accelerator physics areas: accelerator lattice design, beam-beam interactions
  • Some travel may be required
  • Two-year position which may be extended based on performance and funding