Deputy of Applications and Projects - 98017 Division: AA-Accelerator Tech-Applied Physics

Job Details

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL, Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics (ATAP, Division has an opening for a Deputy of Applications and Projects, at the Physicist Staff Scientist or Physicist Senior Scientist level, to join the BELLA Center team. 

In this role, you will be responsible for leading and developing applications of emerging advanced laser-based accelerator technologies within the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center.This includes the development and integration of high-average power, ultra-short-pulse laser technology and plasma-based accelerator systems. As high-repetition rate (kHz) lasers with sufficient intensity to drive laser-plasma accelerators emerge, new controls, instrumentation, diagnostics, and methods must be developed to apply these lasers to advanced accelerator systems. Compact high-average power accelerator systems will enable applications using compact sources of radiation (from THz to gamma rays) and particles (electrons, positrons, protons, ions, and muons) for science, security, and industry.  This position will lead and coordinate the current projects on the application of laser-plasma accelerators as well as develop future project opportunities. 

The Deputy of Applications and Projects will serve as a member of the leadership team of the BELLA Center, working closely with ATAP Division management. You will build collaborative relationships with other Divisional and Laboratory programs, as well as collaborations outside of LBNL, both domestically and internationally. This position will lead a team of scientists, engineers, and technicians. Project work is a key component in this position, and the successful candidate will lead current projects and also collaborations that underlie future project opportunities.  

This position will work collaboratively with BELLA Center and ATAP scientists, engineers, postdocs, technicians, and students, document and communicate results of work in peer-reviewed journal publications and oral presentations, and participate in meetings, conferences, and reviews.

What You Will Do:

  • Provide leadership for BELLA Center applications and projects, including the involved personnel (scientists, postdoctoral fellows, professional staff, affiliates, and students);
  • Develop new initiatives advancing a long-term research vision of advanced accelerators and a strategic plan aligned with DOE and national goals, in collaboration with Division and Laboratory leadership;
  • Play a leadership role in planning, managing and performing forefront investigations in the development and application of laser-driven plasma accelerators;
  • Foster strong relationships with partner divisions, laboratories and institutions, and effectively generate and manage project roles;
  • Address management and resource challenges of a complex program;
  • Ensure operational effectiveness and compliance of the program, working with Division staff;
  • Maintain a safe working environment in the program, engaging staff and ensuring the proper safety processes and disposition of waste materials;
  • Actively support the Lab’s commitment to stewardship and IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability) by following best practices; engaging staff at all levels; and through recruitment and promotion;
  • Participate strongly in community planning and review activities;
  • Disseminate personal and program experimental and research results via publications in refereed journals and presentations;
  • Exercise independent judgment to solve complex problems using ingenuity, creativity, and scientific principles;
  • Participate in BELLA Center and Divisional planning, and develop relationships and interact with staff in the Division, Laboratory and externally.

What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in Experimental Physics or equivalent;
  • Strong record of research accomplishments, as evidenced by scholarly publications, development of facilities, and funded research grants;
  • Experience and demonstrated competence in the management of scientific projects and collaborative science with multidisciplinary teams;
  • Recognized as an expert in the areas of advanced accelerators, short-pulse laser technology, control systems, and instrumentation;
  • Knowledge of accelerator physics and awareness of the challenges of accelerator technology and the needs of users of accelerators;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical direction and effective leadership to collaborations among a diverse group of scientists, engineers, and technical personnel;
  • Successful track record of developing initiatives and programs, obtaining funding to support staff and the ability to develop and maintain an independent research program;
  • Effective organizational, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse group at management level, both internally and externally;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with extremely high levels of technical knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and manage in a research group environment and prepare research results for publication and presentation at seminars and scientific meetings.

What is Required Senior Scientist: 

  • Recognized nationally and internationally as an authority and leader in one or more scientific or engineering areas who have made major contributions to the Laboratory and the broader scientific/engineering community through their leadership and creativity;
  • Provides guidance to professionals in the same field and collaborates with professionals in other fields.   


At the Staff Scientist level, this position is expected to pay $13,446-$18,824. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualifications and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, plus also aligned with the internal peer group. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position.

At the Senior Scientist level,  this position is expected to pay $16,257-$22,760. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualifications and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, plus also aligned with the internal peer group. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position.


  • This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay;
  • This position will be hired at the level commensurate with qualifications and years of experience at the Staff Scientist or Senior Scientist level;
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment;
  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

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