Los Alamos National Laboratory, Physics and Materials Physics and Applications Division

Position ID:LANL-Physics and Materials Physics and Applications Division-HEPEXPD [#19099]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Experimental High Energy Physics - Dark Matter Direct Detection
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / HEP-Experiment (hep-ex), Dark Matter, Experimental High Energy Physics, Experimental Particle Physics
Appl Deadline:2021/11/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/08/03, finished 2022/05/21)
Position Description:    

*** The account for Physics and Materials Physics and Applications Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory has expired and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory invite applications for multiple 3-year postdoctoral positions on experimental dark matter direct detection, to work on the development of new ultra-sensitive detector technology to probe the currently unexplored sub-MeV dark matter mass range.

Preference will be given to candidates that could start in the coming Fall or Winter (i.e., Oct/2021-Mar/2022).

In this capacity, the postdoc(s) will focus on detector and readout development based on narrow bandgap semiconductors with quantum sensing applications. These materials can respond to sub-eV energy deposits through charge excitations, and the postdoc(s) will assist in the design, testing, and integration of the full detector readout chain, including development of a low-noise, cryogenic charge amplifier with the ultimate goal of single electron-hole pair detection. This will then be used to assess the performance of sample detectors at a new cryogenic facility at LANL, as well as at SLAC and Cal State East Bay (Hayward, CA). Once a suitable prototype has been fabricated, an initial shallow-site dark matter search will be performed.

For the SLAC position, the postdoc(s) will also have the opportunity to be involved in other dark matter experiments to look for axions (BREAD) and sub-GeV DM as part of SuperCDMS if interested in doing so, and to engage in the broader quantum sensing R&D effort in the Kurinsky and Phipps labs.

Priority will be given to candidates with experience in cryogenics, analog electronics, low-noise amplifiers, and particle detectors. Candidates may be considered for either or both postings, and one hire will be made at each of LANL and SLAC respectively out of a common applicant pool.

Interested applicants should submit their application (CV, research statement, and three letters of recommendation) to this site by the new extended deadline of November 15th, 2021 in order to receive full consideration. However, applications will continue to be accepted past this deadline until the positions are filled.

For eligibility and salary information regarding the LANL position, please see LANL Postdoc Eligibility and LANL Postdoctoral Salary Guidelines.

For eligibility and salary information regarding the SLAC position, please see the separate post for the SLAC position.

LANL and SLAC are equal opportunity employers. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Further inquiries should be sent to Noah Kurinsky (kurinsky@slac.stanford.edu).

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
Los Alamos National Laboratory
MS B283
Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA