Postdoctoral Scholar - Center for Bright Beams

Postdoctoral Scholar - Center for Bright Beams at UChicago

Project – Beam Storage and Transport

The Center for Bright Beams, CBB, ( is looking for a postdoctoral scholar in accelerator physics. The CBB is a multi-institutional NSF-funded Science and Technology Center with the goal of developing orders-of-magnitude brighter electron beams that will transform various electron beam applications. While being located at the University of Chicago, the successful candidate is expected to work collaboratively with researchers at various CBB participating institutes, including Cornell University and UCLA.

One of research themes of the CBB is to develop methods for beam transport and storage that preserve and/or improve beam quality of brighter beams in linear accelerators and electron microscopes and in storage rings. The goal of this project includes preserving already bright beams in the face of the phenomena that tend to disrupt them, applying novel algorithms and state-of-the-art methods to improve accelerators, controlling transport nonlinearities and beam instabilities, and addressing strategies for increasing the brightness of beams with initially large emittance. We also develop new methods that capitalize on machine learning and other advanced techniques in order to improve the transport and storage of high brightness beams.

A Ph.D. or a related field is required to be a candidate. Applications should be submitted in one complete attachment including a cover letter, a CV, a publication list, and a detailed summary of research experience and interests. The names and email addresses of three (3) references is also required. A link will be provided to referees after candidates' submissions For application information, contact the selection committee chair Prof. Young-Kee Kim, Department of Physics, the University of Chicago via email at

The ideal start date will be 1st November 2019, however, a couple months of flexibility can be accommodated. The posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been selected.

Eligibility for appointment at this rank is restricted to seven years beyond attainment of the Ph.D. Priority will be given to those candidates who received their Ph.D. in 2015 or later. There are no teaching responsibilities associated with this position.

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