4832 22477
Position ID:KEK-QUP-POSTDOC2 [#22477, KEK-QUP-PD2022-2]
Position Title: QUP Postdoctoral Fellow for experimental dark matter searches and related quantum sensor development
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801, Japan [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Particle Physics / Dark Matter
Astrophysics / Dark Matter
Appl Deadline:2023/03/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/08/30, finished 2023/04/26, listed until 2023/04/30)
Position Description:    

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We are seeking candidates interested in experimental dark matter searches and related quantum sensor development. Our postdoctoral fellows are for three years with the possibility of a 2-year renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs, and are provided with salaries comparable to those at other prestigious institutions. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field by the time the appointment begins. Relevant skills/experience include cryogenics (particularly involving dilution refrigerators), low noise electronics, superconducting devices, and/or low-background physics. Our program focuses on the commissioning of a new cryogenic underground experimental lab at the Kamioka mine, as well as the subsequent operation and analysis of the dark matter direct search experiments housed there. The experiments will utilize a series of state-of-the-art, low threshold cryogenic particle detectors such as Transition Edge Sensors (TES) and Microwave Kinetic Inductance Devices (MKIDs) housed in a 15 mK, ultra-low background experimental space to search for low mass particle dark matter. The main responsibilities for the new position will revolve around the commissioning and analysis of the experiment, as well as R&D on new cryogenic sensors. We expect to have dark matter science results obtained and published during the initial 3-year period. The position will be based at KEK with frequent travel to Kamioka and occasional travel to Berkeley, CA, where detectors and targets are being developed. The incumbent will work with QUP PI M. Garcia-Sciveres and other scientists at QUP, KEK and Berkeley.

As a WPI research center, QUP is designed to establish an international environment where more than 30% of researchers are non-Japanese. English is the official language of QUP. QUP is an Equal Opportunity employer that will build a diverse community of scientists. We welcome qualified applicants from all over the world, including women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities, without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, etc. About 40% of initial PIs at QUP are female.

The posting shall remain open until the positions are filled, and submitted documents are assessed regularly until March 31, 2023. Applications will only be accepted via Applicants should submit curriculum vitae (with an email address and citizenship), a statement of research interests, and a list of publications. Applicants should also ensure that at least three letters of reference are submitted on their behalf. They should be uploaded from this page. For more information and questions about the position contact

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Further Info:
+81 29 864 5564
Oho 1-1,
Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan 305-0801