Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS DIRECTORATE

Position ID:Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory-FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS DIRECTORATE-RAHPS2 [#12748]
Position Title: Research Associate HPS / Dark Sectors
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Menlo Park, California 94025, United States [map]
Subject Area: High Energy Physics / Experiment
Appl Deadline:2018/12/15 finished (offers accepted 2018/11/12, finished 2019/07/19)
Position Description:    

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

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is seeking an experimental Research Associate to work on accelerator-based searches for Dark Forces and Dark Matter. SLAC has leading roles in the Heavy Photon Search (HPS) experiment, an accelerator-based search for a hidden sector photon being conducted at Jefferson Lab, and in the development of future searches for Dark Sectors and Light Dark Matter using compact, technologically aggressive detectors and intense electron beams.

HPS is producing physics results from data taken during engineering runs in 2015 and 2016 and preparing for longer physics runs in 2019 and beyond. The successful candidate will be expected to have significant experience in physics analysis and/or instrumentation and take on key roles in the experiment in one or both areas. These roles include improving track and event reconstruction and conducting physics analysis to explore key parameter space for dark forces, as well as helping to operate the HPS Silicon Vertex Tracker and calibrate the detector with data. Candidates with strong coding skills and significant experience in the area of silicon tracking are especially encouraged to apply.

SLAC also plays a central role in developing the Light Dark Matter eXperiment (LDMX) proposal to search for Dark Matter production in fixed-target electron-nuclear scattering using a missing momentum approach. HPS Research Associates will have opportunities to help develop LDMX and potentially other experiments in Dark Sector physics during extended appointments.

For additional information on HPS and LDMX, see: and

Qualifications: As a part of the general research associate program at SLAC, this is a highly competitive position and requires a background of demonstrated excellence in research and a recent PhD in experimental particle physics. The initial appointment is for two years, with the strong possibility of extension for additional years upon satisfactory performance.

Deadline: Processing of applications for this position will begin on December 15, 2018 but the position will be open until filled. This position is based at SLAC/Stanford with an expected start time of Winter 2018/Spring 2019. For further information about this position, please contact Dr. Timothy Nelson (

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 43
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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