Physics Department, Pennsylvania State University

Position ID:PennState-Physics-PD1 [#11054, 77950]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Particle Astrophysics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Particle Astrophysics, Dark Matter, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics
Appl Deadline: (posted 2018/04/06, listed until 2018/10/06)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Physics at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking to fill one Postdoctoral Researcher position in the area of Particle Astrophysics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in research programs in Dark Matter, Neutrinos and Particle Astrophysics, led by Professors Carmen Carmona and Luiz de Viveiros. The successful candidate will work on the LUX and LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiments and on detector R&D. LUX, the most sensitive dark matter direct detection experiment in the world since 2013 until Summer 2017, ended its science run and ceased operations in 2016, making way for the construction of the LZ detector in the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD. LZ is a next-generation dark matter experiment that will provide unprecedented sensitivity. Scheduled to start in 2020, LZ is poised to become the leading dark matter search over the next decade. The Penn State group has a long record and expertise in the design and construction of noble liquid TPC detectors and their operation in the search for dark matter. The successful candidate is expected to play a leading role in R&D work at the Penn State laboratory, participate in the construction, commissioning and operation of the LZ experiment at SURF, as well as in the software development for LZ simulations and analysis, and the analysis of the existing LUX data. This will entail travel and extended stays at SURF where LZ is being constructed. Requirements include a Ph.D. in Physics, and the ideal candidate should have experience with experimental particle astrophysics, nuclear physics, particle physics or a related field, and previous experience in direct dark matter searches and/or noble liquid detectors will be an advantage. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, CV and statement of research interests. Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be submitted to indicating the appropriate job number in the subject line. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire, with possibility of renewal. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Informal inquiries about this post may be made to: Apply online at

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The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Physics
104 Davey Laboratory, PMB#219
University Park, PA 16802

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