Texas A&M University, Physics and Astronomy

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Position ID:TAMU-PHYS-HEE [#22820, RKM]
Position Title: HEE postdoctoral research associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:College Station, Texas 77843-4242, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: High Energy Physics / Dark Matter, Experiment, Experimental, Neutrino
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2022/09/16)
Position Description:    

The experimental high energy physics group at Texas A&M University invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate position with an opportunity to work on a combination of three (3) experimental programs:  the SuperCDMS Dark Matter search experiment at SNOLab, the MINER Coherent Neutrino Scattering/Axion search experiment at Texas A&M University, and the new SPICE/HERALD low-mass Dark Matter search initiative led by LBNL.

The group, led by Prof. Rupak Mahapatra (http://faculty.physics.tamu.edu/mahapatra/), has strong expertise in many key aspects of these experiments:  detector fabrication, cryogenic testing, data acquisition, and data analysis.  The group has a dedicated semiconductor detector fabrication and processing lab that has played a key role in all three of these experiments.  The group has fabricated the first detector tower payload for both the SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment and the MINER experiment, as well as the prototype detectors for the SPICE/HERALD project.  The selected candidate will get a very broad and unparalleled exposure to all aspects of the world-leading low-mass dark matter search experiments (SuperCDMS and SPICE/HERALD), as well as the MINER experiment. The selected candidate should anticipate taking leading roles in detector R&D, operations and data analysis tasks.  The group is funded through multiple DOE and Mitchell Institute grants to work on these projects.  The group works closely with Prof. Nader Mirabolfathi, who has been a leader in detector design and characterization of cryogenic semiconductor detectors for CDMS/SuperCDMS projects for over two decades.

The HEP group at Texas A&M University is part of the George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy (http://mitchell.tamu.edu/), which provides a very strong and vibrant collaboration with other researchers in the institute, as well as the opportunities for funding for testing of new ideas, often driven by exceptionally talented postdocs.

The selected candidate must be able to demonstrate proof of an earned Ph.D. in experimental particle physics or a related field six weeks before the first day of the employment and must have demonstrated abilities pertinent to the research activities.  While we anticipate successful candidates will join the group in January 2023, the actual start date may be negotiable.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Applicants should upload a single pdf with cover letter, CV with publication list, and a brief statement of research interests (maximum five pages) at https://jobs.tamu.edu for posting R-054305 (Postdoctoral Research Associate:  HEE).  For full consideration, applications must be received by October 31, 2022; however, applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  For more information contact Dr. Rupak Mahapatra at mahapatra@tamu.edu.



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