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Owen Chamberlain Fellowship 2018 is now open for application

Owen Chamberlain Postdoctoral Fellowship in Experimental Particle Physics & Cosmology

This fellowship provides recent graduates (within the past two years) opportunities to work on the experimental research program of the Physics Division, including high-energy collider physics;  direct dark matter searches; cosmology using Type Ia Supernovae, baryon acoustic oscillations,  and the cosmic microwave background;  rare decay experiments; and neutrino physics. In all these areas the Physics Division follows a long tradition of advanced detector development as well as data analysis. 

As employees of Berkeley Lab, Chamberlain fellows work in a research environment synonymous with scientific excellence. Thirteen Nobel Prizes are associated with Berkeley Lab, 8 of them in physics. The Fellowship honors Owen Chamberlain (Nobel Prize 1959), who, together with Emilio Segre, Clyde Wiegand, and Thomas Ypsilantis, discovered the anti-proton at the Berkeley Bevatron in 1955.

Berkeley Lab is a truly multidisciplinary environment, with sixteen scientific divisions in addition to Physics, and extensive ties with the adjacent University of California, Berkeley including many centers and activities (for example BCG and BEPP.  Berkeley Lab divisions include Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics, Nuclear Science, Engineering, Computational Research, Scientific Networking, and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.



How to Apply:

The 2018 Chamberlain Fellowship is now open for applications on Academic Jobs Online.


Former Fellows
YearFirstLastCurrent AffiliationTitle/Position


De HaanLBNLChamberlain Fellow
2017AleksandraDimitrievskaLBNLChamberlain Fellow


KravitzLBNLChamberlain Fellow


KrizkaLBNLChamberlain Fellow
2017EvanPeaseLBNLChamberlain Fellow
2017EmmanuelSchaanLBNLChamberlain Fellow
2016ChrisMarshallLBNLChamberlain Fellow
2016BenjaminNachmanLBNLChamberlain Fellow
2016Zachary SlepianLBNLEinstein Fellow
2016HongtaoYangLBNLChamberlain Fellow
2014RichardBonventreLBNLChamberlain Fellow
2014Simon VielLBNLChamberlain Fellow
2014AtillaDobi Data Scientist
2014MichelTrottier-McDonald Data Scientist
2013CarlosHernandez-FahamLinked-In Data Scientist
2013LauraJeantyLBNLChamberlain Fellow
2013HaichenWangLBNLChamberlain Fellow
2011MichaelHanceUC Santa CruzAssistant Professor
2011YashuroNakajimaUniv.  TokyoAssistant Professor
2010MartinaHurwitzHarvard Univ.Medical Physics Program
2010SimonePagan-GrisoLBNLDivisional Fellow
2009SourabhDubeIndian Institute of Science Education and Research, PuneAssistant Professor
2009Juan-PedroOchoa-RicouxUniv. Catolica de ChileProfessor
2008ShirleyHoLBNLSr. Scientist
2008Shih-ChiehHsuUniv. of WashingtonAssistant Professor
2007JedBiesiadaAmazonData Scientist
2007AlexieLeauthaudUniv. of Tokyo Kavli IPMUAssistant Professor
2006AyanaArce Duke Univ.Assistant Professor
2006NikhilPadmanabhanYale Univ.Assistant Professor
2005TobiasGollingUniv. of GenevaAssistant Professor
2005Jean-FrancoisArguinMontreal Univ.Assistant Professor
2002KarstenHeegerYale Univ.Professor & Director of Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory
2002MattDobbsMcGill Univ.Associate Professor



Owen Chamberlain Bio:

Owen Chamberlain was a native of San Francisco. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College in 1941 and entered graduate school at the University of California, but interrupted his study due to WWII, going to work on the Manhattan Project  under Emilio Segrè.

In 1946 he resumed graduate school at the University of Chicago under Enrico Fermi. He returned to Berkeley in 1948, with a teaching position at UC, and joined Lawrence’s “Rad Lab”, where he worked on proton-proton scattering experiments at the Berkeley Bevatron. In 1955 he participated with Clyde Wiegand, Emilo Segrè, and Thomas Ypsilantis in the discovery of the antiproton. The discovery was made possible through the combination of the Bevatron accelerator, the world’s most powerful at that time, and a unique detector, designed by Chamberlain and Wiegand, that was set off only by particles moving at the speed predicted for antiprotons. The antiproton experiments began the first week of August in 1955. On September 21st, the team got their first evidence of the antiproton based on measurements of particle momentum and velocity.  The paper announcing their historic discovery was published in the November 1, 1955 issue of Physical Review Letters. It was reported the following day in the New York Times under the headline: “New Atom Particle Found; Termed a Negative Proton.”


Following the discovery he moved on to study the interactions of antiprotons with hydrogen and deuterium, the production of antineutrons from antiprotons, and the scattering of pi mesons. He was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1957 for the purpose of doing studies in the physics of antinucleons at the University of Rome. In the 1960s, he led a pioneering exploration of the relationships between nuclear forces and the spin of protons and neutrons, that lasted some twenty years. 

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, prior to his official retirement, he was an active member of the group of Berkeley Lab scientists, led by David Nygren, who developed the Time Projection Chamber, or TPC. In his later years he also became an outspoken activist for nuclear arms control and other issues of social concern.  In the 1960s Chamberlain was a supporter of the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley, and a strong advocate for increased minority recruitment and enrollment there.  He spoke out against the repression of scientists in the former Soviet Union, demonstrated against the Vietnam War, and was a founder of the nuclear freeze movement of the early 1980s.