Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The University of Minnesota High Energy Physics group on the SuperCDMS experiment seeks an outstanding applicant for a Researcher 6 (working title Research Associate) position. The appointment is expected to last for three years, subject to the availability of continued funding and satisfactory performance. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in High Energy Particle Physics (or Nuclear Physics or Astrophysics) with demonstrated experience in physics analysis and experimental work. Preference will be given to the candidate who also has experience related to dark matter research, either instrumentation or analysis/simulation. Depending on the expertise of the candidate, location can be primarily in Minneapolis or in Sudbury, Canada commissioning the experiment. Data-taking with the main installation will to commence in 2022, however, new world-leading physics results are already being published using data from prototype detectors at test facilities in Minnesota, Fermilab, SLAC, and TUNL, as well as an underground test facility at SNOLAB.
The Minnesota SuperCDMS group has leadership roles in backgrounds (both assay and simulation), and commissioning and operating the new facility at SNOLAB. We operate an optics lab and a cryogenic test facility in Minneapolis with a strong R&D program in advanced solid-state detectors. The successful candidate will be expected to take on a leading role in bringing the new experiment online, as well as selected topics in physics analysis, simulation, or detector testing.
Job Duties 30% Commission and operate the new SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment Establish a leadership role in operations of the new experiment at SNOLAB.
30% Background Studies and Calibration at very low energies in one of the many areas of ongoing background mitigation efforts: simulation, shielding design, neutron veto upgrade, cosmogenic activation, muon-induced neutrons, surface studies, or radiogenic assay.
30% Data Analysis Some subset of the following activities: Analyze new data from SNOLAB and search for low mass dark matter. Analyze existing data from the Soudan runs for new dark matter models and exotic particles. Characterize the new detectors and develop new analysis techniques, using data from the test facilities. Join the developer’s team on the new MIDAS-based Data acquisition software and trigger electronics
10% Prepare Journal Articles and Communicate Research Perform literature searches, attend conferences, and otherwise achieve mastery of theoretical and experimental work in areas related to experimental activities. Represent the University and collaborations with conference presentations and seminars at universities and labs. Participate in the preparation of results for publication, including as corresponding author for journal papers specifically tied to the individual's contributions. Contribute to the preparation of progress reports and proposals for submission to funding agencies.
Other duties of a similar scope as assigned."
Required Qualifications Advanced degree with substantial research and publication record, along with experience in instrumentation, data analysis, and the software systems used in high energy physics.
Preferred Qualifications PhD in Physics in experimental high energy physics, astrophysics, or nuclear physics Experience in direct dark matter detection Experience with programs LABVIEW, MATLAB, Root, Python, GEANT 4 Experience in cryogenic systems
Internal Number: 339526
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