University of Michigan, Department of Physics, Astro and Particle Physics

Position ID:UofM-Department of Physics, Astro and Particle Physics-PD [#17549]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Direct DM Searches
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103, United States [map]
Subject Areas: experimental particle physics or experimental astrophysics
High Energy Physics / Neutrino physics and Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2021/01/10 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/11/12, listed until 2021/05/12)
Position Description:    

How to Apply 

Applications and recommendation letters must be sent to Academic Jobs Online (AJO). Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a description of research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted. The position is renewable for up to three years. The deadline is January 10th, 2021, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. Inquiries or questions should be directed to Prof. Bjoern Penning (

Job Summary 

The astroparticle group at the University of Michigan invites applications for a postdoctoral research assistant in direct dark matter searches. The successful applicant will play a major role in operation and data analysis on the LZ direct detection experiment. The successful applicant will further take on a leading role in the development of future low mass (sub-GeV) direct DM searches. Expected start date is at the earliest convenience. 
The successful candidate will join a vibrant and diverse research group in one of the leading physics departments with strong contributions in experimental and theoretical particle physics and astrophysics. We are proud to promote the career development of our postdocs, providing a supportive environment to grow into leadership roles in the field. 

Required Qualifications 

Applicants must have a PhD, or expect to receive one before their start date. A good understanding of the methods and techniques used in experimental particle physics is essential, enthusiasm to go beyond existing experience is highly valued. Necessary skills are the ability to perform independent research, good written and oral communication, and the willingness to travel. Knowledge of common software and research tools (python, c++, latex etc) is expected. Further experience with cryogenics, grid computing and GEANT is desirable. 

Additional Information 

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit Background Screening The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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University of Michigan
Physics Department
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Ann Arbor,MI 48109

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