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Physics Fellowship Program

The RIKEN BNL Research Center offers a Fellow system at Brookhaven's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) allowing joint appointments with universities and research laboratories throughout the world, enabling talented researchers to hold tenure track positions at their home institution as well as a Fellow position with the Center.

This system was established to increase the research potential of the Center and to disseminate its research activities and results. To date, nine RHIC Physics Fellows have received the U.S. Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award and over 50 Fellows have received tenure at their home institutions since the inception of the program.

Institutions interested in initiating a new RHIC Physics Fellow position may obtain details on how to proceed by contacting Maureen McNeill-Shea, 1(631) 344-2758.

RBRC Research Groups


D. Kharzeev, Group Leader

This group conducts QCD related research that includes heavy ion physics, the quark gluon plasma, color glass condensate and hard QCD/spin physics.


T. Izubuchi, Group Leader

This group's mission is to solve the dynamics of QCD from first principle lattice simulations using in-house computer resources.


Y. Akiba, Group Leader

This group studies the spin structure of the proton via polarized p+p collisions at RHIC as well as the properties of quark gluon plasma.

The RIKEN BNL Research Center is part of Brookhaven's Nuclear & Particle Physics Directorate.

  1. JUL



    RIKEN BNL Research Center Workshop

    Jet Observables at the Electron-Ion Collider

    July 27-29, 2020

  1. JUN



    RIKEN Seminar

    "From quarks to nuclei: machine learning the structure of matter"

    Presented by Phiala Shanahan, MIT

    9 am, Webcast

    Thursday, June 4, 2020, 9:00 am

    Hosted by: Akio Tomiya

    I will discuss the status and future of lattice Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) calculations for nuclear physics. With advances in supercomputing, we are beginning to quantitatively understand nuclear structure and interactions directly from the fundamental quark and gluon degrees of freedom of the Standard Model. Recent studies provide insight into the neutrino-nucleus interactions relevant to long-baseline neutrino experiments, double beta decay, and nuclear sigma terms needed for theory predictions of dark matter cross-sections at underground detectors. The rapid progress in this field has been possible because of new algorithms but challenges still remain to reach the large nuclei used in many of these experiments. Recently, machine learning tools have been shown to provide a potentially revolutionary way to address these challenges and allow a Standard Model understanding of the physics of nuclei. Bluejeans link:

  2. JUN



    virtual NT/RIKEN seminar


    Presented by Gregory Soyez

    9 am, TBA

    Friday, June 12, 2020, 9:00 am

    Hosted by: Nikhil Karthik

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