University of California, Santa Barbara, KITP

Position ID:UCSB-KITP-POSTDOC [#13609]
Position Title: UCSB Post-Doc in Experimental Particle Physics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Santa Barbara, California 93106-4030, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Particle Physics, Physics, Experimental Particle Physics
Appl Deadline:2019/06/30help popup finished (2019/04/19, finished 2019/09/13, listed until 2019/06/30)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

UCSB Post-Doc Opening in Experimental Particle Physics 

The Department of Physics at the University of California Santa Barbara invites applicants for a Research Associate position to work on the CMS experiment at CERN and the proposed LDMX experiment

We are currently involved in the phase 2 upgrades for the CMS experiment, where we are responsible for fabrication of silicon modules for the High Granularity Calorimeter (HGC) that will replace the existing end-cap calorimeter. In the realm of data analysis in CMS, the group is pursuing studies for new physics and studies of the Higgs boson and rare standard model processes. The group is a seminal proponent of the Light Dark Matter eXperiment (LDMX - potentially located at SLAC, CERN or JLAB) where we are responsible for the EM calorimeter. LDMX is a novel experiment that will use relatively low energy electron beams to obtain unprecedented, and mostly model-independent sensitivity to thermal relic, light dark matter, below 1 GeV. The group is made up of two postdoctoral researchers, 3 graduate students, 2 engineers, 3 technicians and up to 8 undergraduates working under Professor Joseph Incandela. 

A PhD in Physics is required. Experience with, or interest in learning about and working with, hardware, CAD software, GEANT simulations, ROOT, and programming are useful skills. The successful candidate would be initially based in Santa Barbara in order to take on a lead role in managing the R&D, fabrication and electronic testing of HGC silicon modules. After this initial period, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in analysis of CMS data with the option to be based at CERN or to participate in the LDMX experiment, if approved. 

QUALIFICATION REQUIRMENTS: Candidates must have a PhD degree in Physics by the appointment start date and have knowledge, skills and experience in one or more of experimental particle or nuclear physics, particle detector design, construction, simulation and/or data analysis. Candidates with experience in or strong potential for success in particle physics detector hardware will be preferred. 

Non-US Citizens will need a valid work visa before the appointment can begin. UCSB will assist in that process.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications must be received through AJO. Please provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters. Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. 

This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed yearly for up to 5 years, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. 

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

For additional information about the position, please contact Joe Incandela (joseph.incandela at 
For questions about the application process, please contact Heidi Bratt at

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
UCSB Department of Physics
Santa Barbara CA 93106

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