Purdue University, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Position ID:Purdue-Department of Physics & Astronomy-PRA [#16296]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Astroparticle Physics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics / Astroparticle Physics
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2020/04/27)
Position Description:    

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The low-background group at Purdue University invites applications for a post-doctoral position. The group is particularly interested in using the XENON1T and XENONnT experiments to achieve a first measurement of solar boron-8 neutrinos via coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering, to search for signals from unconventional Dark Matter models, and to improve the SNEWS network to be optimally prepared for the next Galactic supernova event. Related questions concern the calibration of large-scale liquid noble gas detectors and the mitigation of backgrounds that are relevant for such low-energy signals.

The group is responsible for the calibration systems of XENONnT. Hardware-based mitigation of delayed electron backgrounds are investigated using our own liquid xenon setup at Purdue, for eventual implementation in the future LBECA experiment. Further, we are working on a novel setup using quantum-mechanical accelerometers with the eventual goal to probe Dark Matter particles at the Planck mass down to gravitational couplings.

The appointee should play a leading role in some of these efforts. Significant opportunities for career development exist in the XENON collaboration, in the context of the SNEWS effort, and with the novel quantum-mechanical experiment. A PhD in physics or a related field is required. Experience with Dark Matter search experiments, low-background techniques, data analysis and Monte Carlo simulations will be advantageous.

We strongly value different backgrounds and experiences and are looking for a candidate that reflects the diversity of the graduate student and postdoctoral population. Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should enjoy working as part of a team with researchers at all levels and from various backgrounds.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Prof. Rafael Lang at rafael@purdue.edu. Applicants should provide a statement of prior expertise and their research interests at Purdue, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, and arrange for at least two letters of reference to be sent directly. The position is open until filled with a flexible starting date to be agreed upon. Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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