Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Physics

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Position ID:LBNLPhysics-Physics-DARKMATTER2017 [#8586, 83140]
Position Title: Physicist Postdoc Dark Matter
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Area: High Energy Physics
Appl Deadline: deleted (posted 2016/11/16, listed until 2017/05/16)
Position Description:    

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

Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Experimental Particle Physics. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work on LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), on analysis of data from the LUX experiment, and on R&D toward future noble liquid-based dark matter detectors. LBNL is the lead Department of Energy Laboratory for both LZ and LUX. Together with UC Berkeley, we have a strong group with expertise in the design and construction of noble liquid Time Projection Chamber (TPC) detectors and their operation in the search for dark matter.  

LZ, a next-generation direct detection dark matter experiment that will be at least 100 times more sensitive than its predecessor, is currently under construction and will be installed at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota.  The candidate will participate in the design and construction of technical systems for the experiment, including testing of prototypes and prototype systems.  In addition the candidate will contribute to the software development and data analysis of the experiment.

For LUX, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the analysis of the full data set that has been obtained and contribute to the science analysis and the preparation of results for publication.  

At Berkeley Lab, we have a vibrant group that is actively pursuing a number of novel ideas in R&D for next generation dark matter experiments.  The successful candidate is expected to pursue R&D. He or she may do this work in collaboration and may direct graduate and undergraduate students.

Position Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Physics awarded in 2016 or should expect to receive a Ph.D. by the fall of 2017.

  • At least one year of experience in Experimental Particle Physics research.

  • Evidence of potential for high level of achievement as an independent researcher.

  • Ability to work as a team member to accomplish goals.

The position will be awarded initially for 2 years with the possibility of extension. To assure full consideration, applications should be received by January 6, 2017.


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The following requested application materials listed below must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online:

  1. Curriculum Vitae.

  2. Research statement describing future interests (3 page limit).

  3. Publications list.

  4. Reference Letters - Arrange to have at least 3 letters of reference submitted (no more than one reference from LBNL or UC Berkeley).


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Berkeley Lab addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. 

LBNL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory managed by the University of California for the DOE Office of Science. It has an excellent benefits program, which you can read about at: (  

This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

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