Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Dark Matter and Neutrino Physics

University of California Davis

United States

Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Dark Matter and Neutrino Physics at UC Davis

Job #JPF04523
  • PHYSICS / Mathematical and Physical Sciences / UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: October 12th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 17, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Neutrino and Dark Matter group at the University of California, Davis invites applications for postdoctoral research on the DarkSide-20k experiment and related detector development.

The Global Argon Dark Matter Collaboration (GADMC) includes scientists from all the major groups currently working with the liquid argon technology to push the sensitivity for WIMP dark matter detection several orders of magnitude beyond current levels in the high mass search region. The DarkSide-20k two-phase detector, currently in construction at the Gran Sasso Laboratory (LNGS), aims at a total exposure of 200 ton-year and higher. The DarkSide-LowMass detector will be optimized for the observation of the ultra-low energy ionization-only events. The collaboration is also pursuing design studies for the ARGO detector with about 360-ton fiducial mass that would further extend the sensitivity to the neutrino floor region for the high mass dark matter detection and contribute to the precision measurements of components of the solar neutrino spectrum.

The primary responsibility of this position is to participate in the development, construction and on-site commissioning of the DarkSide-20k detector. The position will be based at UC Davis, CERN, and LNGS. The successful candidate will also take an active role in the development of simulation and analysis tools and will have the opportunity to play a leading role in the ongoing R&D projects towards precise calibration of dark matter and neutrino liquid argon detectors. The UC Davis Neutrino and Dark Matter Group currently consists of four professors, five postdocs, and more than ten graduate students. In addition to DarkSide we are involved in LUX/LZ, DUNE, ANNIE and Theia.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in experimental particle or nuclear physics or related fields.

Preferred qualifications

Software experience from physics analysis, simulations, and signal processing is a plus, as is experience with detector development.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., including a list of publications.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04523

Help contact: kjscruggs@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

UC Davis, CA; CERN; LNGS, Italy
 


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