University of South Dakota, Physics

Position ID:University of South Dakota-Physics-POSTDOC [#12781]
Position Title: postdoc for particle and radiation detector development
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Vermillion, South Dakota 57069, United States
Subject Areas: Physics / Dark Matter, Elementary Particle Physics, Experimental Astroparticle Physics, Experimental Particle Physics, Experimental Physics, Experimental Subatomic Physics, hep, HEP-Experiment (hep-ex), High Energy Experimental, High Energy Physics, Nuclear & Particle Experiment, Nuclear Experiment (nucl-ex), Particle Experiment (part-ex), Particle Physics
Appl Deadline:2018/12/31 finished (2018/11/16, finished 2019/07/07, listed until 2019/05/16)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Physics at the University of South Dakota (USD) invites applications for a postdoctoral position to begin as early as winter 2018. We seek qualified candidates with a PhD in physics or a related field, preferably in experimental neutrino physics or particle astrophysics to undertake and carry out cutting-edge research programs aligned with experimental efforts currently underway at USD.

We focus on developing novel radiation detectors for both scientific and civil uses. Two major branches of our research include, 1. Integration of inorganic scintillation crystals with photomultiplier tubes and/or silicon photomultipliers operated directly in cryogenic environment to achieve unprecedentedly high light yields for the searches of dark matter and neutrino interactions beyond the Standard Model of particle physics 2. Fabrication and characterization of HPGe detectors with LBNL electronics to explore potentially groundbreaking technologies for next-generation 0νββ-decay and low-mass dark matter search experiments.

We are searching for a candidate who will help lead these efforts and will develop an active research program addressing fundamental problems in subatomic matter. The candidate is expected to have extensive experience in software and/or hardware development in radiation detection. More specifically, the candidate is expected to be experienced in programing with ROOT and Geant4, handling cryogenic liquids, high vacuum components, modular nuclear instruments, and spectroscopic analysis. The successful candidate will have a substantial research effort associated with an international consortium (, which provides technical and scientific resources related to our activities. It consists of eleven institutions across five countries, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lawrence-Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in CA, USA, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik (MPI) in Munich, Germany and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, etc. The successful candidate may expect to travel to MPI, LBNL and Tsinghua up to two months per year to improve collaborations between USD and prestigious institutions. The candidate will help organize international conferences and educational and training programs. Regular classroom and laboratory teaching assistance is also expected.

Applications must be submitted on-line at Applicants must submit a CV, publication list, statement of research, and 3 letters of reference.

Should you have any question, please contact Dr. Jing Liu,

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Contact: Jing Liu
Email: email
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414 E Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
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