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Neutrino Scientist - Senior R&D Staff

Date: Jun 2, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4708 


We are seeking an outstanding Senior R&D Staff Member to help Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) extend its world leading reputation and capabilities in low energy neutrino physics. This position resides in the Neutrino Research Group in the Physics Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD), at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). 


As part of our research team, you will help lead ORNL’s efforts in local neutrino experiments based at the High Flux Isotope Reactor and the Spallation Neutron Source. You will also help develop the next generation experiments that fully utilize the SNS Proton Power and Second Target Station upgrades. Participation in the international neutrino program is encouraged.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assume a major leadership role in the development and execution of the COHERENT experiment at the SNS, building strong relationships with other members and institutions in the collaboration, and managing major tasks within the project
  • Play a leading role as part of an ORNL team of scientists and support staff to execute R&D for the design of upgrades of the experiment or future experiments and develop project proposals, design reports, and project management structure.
  • Be a strong advocate for COHERENT, effectively leveraging ORNL expertise in detector physics and project management, and successes in the COHERENT “first light” experiments.
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
  • Work across the Division and the Directorates at the laboratory to grow the overall ORNL neutrino science program.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Neutrino Particle Physics, or a related discipline and a minimum of 6 years of experience
  • Background in neutrino experimental physics or other experimental low-background rare-event physics


Preferred Qualifications:

  • An excellent record of highly productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated capability and familiarity in planning, coordination, and management of medium-to-large-scale experimental physics projects
  • Demonstrated expertise with liquid noble detector technologies which may include low threshold rare-event designs or scalable time projection chambers.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work closely with and help lead a large international collaboration
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to set and manage priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines and adapt to changing requirements


Special Requirements:

Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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