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Instituce: FERMILAB

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Job Description

The MARS group in the Target Systems Department of the Accelerator Division at Fermilab is seeking candidates for a Research Associate position. The MARS code supports the laboratory’s projects at all stages, from planning to operations and beyond. Demands for even more reliable and user-friendly MARS code complex are envisioned in the foreseeable future.
The successful candidate would be a physicist or nuclear engineer at early stages of their career, with good knowledge of particle and accelerator physics, modern computing and programming technologies, expert capabilities in code development, as well as experience in using high-level Monte Carlo particle-matter interaction codes such as FLUKA, GEANT4, MARS, MCNP, or PHITS. The primary function of the successful candidate will be to develop and support software, namely, Fermilab’s in-house Monte Carlo particle-matter interaction code MARS. The successful candidate will be involved, together with the MARS group members, in the MARS code development, maintenance, modernization, and documentation. The candidate will be expected to work in a team environment and author technical documents and reports.

The MARS group is involved in the design and upgrades of the high-power target, beamlines, collimation, absorber and experimental flagship facilities at Fermilab, such as LBNF, PIP-II, mu2e, as well as the MI-8, Delivery Ring, and Booster upgrades. The group uses the powerful computational tools to assess the radiation safety and efficiency of various approaches at each stage of a project. Having a strong team to keep the code up-to-date and working seamlessly is very important for achieving the lab’s goals.  

Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. We build and operate world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible to support science discovery.


You Will:

  • Work with the MARS group members on the MARS Monte Carlo code development.
  • Develop and modernize the MARS code to enhance its performance, reliability, user-friendliness.
  • Write documentation for the MARS code.
  • Perform MARS simulations and work with engineers for developing the MARS models for various radiation analyses of components and systems such as thermal analysis, component / air / soil activation, etc.
  • Contribute optimally within a diverse workforce and uphold Fermilab’s dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

We Are Looking For:

  • At least two (2) years of scientific research experience (or equivalent) in accelerator physics, particle physics, or relevant discipline.
  • Good working knowledge of Fortran.
  • Significant knowledge and expertise in object-oriented programming and languages such as C, C++, Python, as well as their use in the ROOT and GDML systems.
  • Significant knowledge and expertise in modern computing technologies and code-management techniques (MPI, containers, etc.).
  • Experience performing simulations and comparisons with data. Knowledge of data management techniques and tools. Proficiency in data analysis and visualization.
  • Ability to work effectively under the requirements of tight schedules and shifting priorities, as well as with other individuals and groups.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the preparation and delivery of documentation, reports, and presentations.
  • Working knowledge and/or experience in using one of the modern Monte Carlo particle-matter interaction codes (FLUKA, GEANT4, MARS, MCNP, PHITS).
  • Experience with the accelerator codes such as MADX and MADX-PTC.
  • Knowledge of the properties of fundamental particles and their interactions with materials.
  • Experience in practices of radiation protection and hazard evaluation.
  • Experience with particle physics detectors or accelerator beam instrumentation.
  • Experience with accelerator physics and techniques.
  • Ability to effectively troubleshoot technical systems.

Physical Activity and Work Conditions

Human Factors: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Tight Work Schedule, Visually Demanding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Application Instructions

Candidates should submit via Academic Jobs Online (academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/):

  • a cover letter;
  • a research statement highlighting interest in and experience/expertise related to the open position;
  • a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications and presentations;
  • contact information of at least five (5) references.

For general information about this position, please contact Nikolai Mokhov at Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.

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