Stanford University, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

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Position ID:Stanford-KIPAC-LZ [#22623]
Position Location:Stanford, California 94039, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Astrophysics / Dark Matter
Appl Deadline:2022/11/04 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/09/02)
Position Description:    

Today is the last day you can apply for this position; no new applications will be accepted after 2022/11/30 11:59PM US Eastern Time.

The LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) Dark Matter Group at SLAC has an immediate opening for one or more postdoctoral researchers to provide operational support for the ongoing science phase. LZ is a liquid xenon time projection chamber with a 7-ton active target that will provide unprecedented sensitivity to dark matter. The experiment is located in the Davis Campus at the 4850’ level in the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) and is currently taking science data.

The SLAC group is responsible for a number of key LZ deliverables, including: offline software, reconstruction, and analysis tools; tuning and optimization of the central liquid xenon detector, and overall operation of the experiment; analysis of dark matter search data and other science targets; detector R&D in support of a potential upgrade of LZ or next-generation experiment. Computing resources for LZ are hosted at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). Data processing and data analysis employ the latest generations of NERSC supercomputers, including the new Perlmutter architecture, featuring on a combination of CPUs and GPUs, which will open the door to advanced machine learning techniques.

The focus of this appointment is the management of the LZ data processing pipeline (supporting simulation, reconstruction, and analysis), to maintain/upgrade it in view of the opportunities afforded by the new generation of supercomputers, and to develop innovative machine learning tools to support the analysis of LZ data. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate broadly in the LZ science program, including science analysis, present technical and physics results at conferences and prepare them for publication.

The ideal candidate will have a background of demonstrated excellence in research and a recent PhD in experimental particle physics, computer science, astronomy, or related field; or have completed the requirements for such a degree prior to starting the position. Familiarity with multicore computing, large-scale data handling, HEP software frameworks (ROOT, Gaudi, Geant4), simulations and machine learning tools are highly beneficial. Application materials should be submitted at Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae including a publication list, a 3-page statement of research interests and plans, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation submitted to the same site. We encourage applicants to follow the structure of the AAS advice on the contents of CVs and research statements given here:

The successful applicant will be appointed as a postdoc in the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University and SLAC. This is a 36-months fixed term position with the possibility of extension upon satisfactory performance. Assignment duration is contingent upon project needs and funding. The deadline for applications is Friday November 4, 2022. Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the search committee. Candidate selection will continue until the position is filled. More information about KIPAC can be found at KIPAC is committed to an inclusive work environment and encourages applications from candidates who will diversify the workforce in particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. Please contact Maria Elena Monzani ( with questions.

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Further Info:
P.O. Box 20450
MS 29
Stanford, CA 94309