Postdoctoral Scholar in Low Energy Nuclear Physics Position at UC Berkeley

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The Bay Area Neutron Group (BANG) in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley welcomes applications for a postdoctoral scholar in low energy experimental nuclear physics. The goal of this work, in collaboration with US DOE national laboratories, is to perform measurements of basic physics quantities to support applications in stockpile stewardship, nuclear security, nuclear energy, and astrophysics. For example, current activities include the measurement of inelastic scattering cross sections on actinide nuclei, organic scintillator characterization for fast neutron detection, measurement of independent fission yields using cyclical neutron activation analysis, and development of customized nuclear databases for nonproliferation applications. The successful candidate will have the option to choose the research scope most aligned with their interests. 

Primary responsibilities for this position include the support and execution of experimental campaigns, software development, data analysis and interpretation, manuscript development, and communication of research at relevant scientific meetings. Work will be performed at the 88-Inch Cyclotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The full-time annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

There is potential for this position to be appointed through the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC), an NNSA funded program designed to develop the next generation of nuclear security experts. As an NSSC Postdoctoral Fellow, you will be part of a community of nuclear science and security experts in academia and the US DOE National Laboratories. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD in Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Chemistry or related discipline
  • In-depth experience with aspects of gamma and/or neutron radiation detection hardware, data acquisition, data analysis, and/or simulation 

Advanced Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated creativity and highly developed problem solving skills
  • Superior academic performance and publication record
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with nuclear instrumentation 
  • Experience with nuclear physics data analysis (e.g., ROOT) 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Monte Carlo based radiation transport codes (e.g., MCNP and/or GEANT4) 
  • Experience in design optimization of radiation detectors and imaging systems 

The position(s) will remain open until filled. The initial review date for applications is January 15, 2020. 

To apply: Send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Bethany Goldblum at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


NSSC Undergrad wins Best Student Game at the 2019 Serious Games Showcase and Challenge

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NSSC Undergraduate Jake Tibbetts and the Project on Nuclear Gaming were awarded Best Student Game at the 2019 Serious Games Showcase and Challenge (SGS&C) for their work on the online game SIGNAL. SGS&C has been held annually since 2006 and is the premier venue for recognition of excellence in the field of Serious Games development.

SIGNAL is part of a project lead by the University of California, Berkeley, aimed at understanding the impact of emerging technologies on strategic stability and nuclear risk reduction.

The SIGNAL online game is a 3-player experimental wargame, in which 3 countries, some armed with nuclear weapons, attempt to achieve national goals through diplomacy and conflict. 

Congratulations to Jake and the whole PONG team!

Jake Tibbetts (center with award) at the SGS&C