Pennsylvania State University, Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos

Position ID:Pennsylvania State University-Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos-ARP [#18398, REQ_0000012033]
Position Title: Assistant Research Professor
Position Location:University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, United States
Subject Area: Astrophysics / Dark Matter
Appl Deadline: (posted 2021/03/31, listed until 2021/04/30)
Position Description:    

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The Eberly College of Science, Department of Physics at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking to fill one Assistant Research Professor position in the area of Particle Astrophysics.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in research programs in Dark Matter, led by Professors Carmen Carmona and Luiz de Viveiros, and in particular will work on the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment. LZ is a next-generation dark matter experiment that will provide unprecedented sensitivity. Expected to start in 2021, LZ is poised to become the leading dark matter search over the next decade. The successful candidate is expected to play a leading role in the operations of the LZ experiment at SURF, being responsible for overseeing all detector operations at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), coordinating daily operations and data taking to ensure the fulfillment of LZ science goals. They will also work on simulations and analysis of LZ data. This position will entail being physically based in Lead, South Dakota, where the LZ detector is deployed; and occasional travel to Penn State, in State College.

Requirements include a Ph.D. in Physics and experience in particle astrophysics experiments, both in hardware and software. The ideal candidate must have previous experience in direct dark matter searches with liquid xenon detectors; experience with design and fabrication of detector cryostats and test systems; experience with the construction and commissioning of large detector cryogenics and xenon handling systems; experience with underground laboratory work and detector operations; experience with hardware design software, specifically SolidWorks; experience with leadership positions both in commissioning and operation of liquid xenon detectors, and in coordination of analysis groups; experience with Geant4 simulations; and experience with writing of manuscripts.

Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, CV and statement of research interests. Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be submitted to indicating the appropriate job number in the subject line.

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This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire, with possibility of renewal. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

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