The University of Texas at Austin, Physics

Position ID:UTAustin-Physics-POSTDOC5 [#24314]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow - Dark Matter Direct Detechtion
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Austin, Texas 78712, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / Dark Matter, Experimental Physics, Particle Physics Detectors and Instrumentation
Appl Deadline:2023/08/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/02/09, updated 2023/05/16, listed until 2023/08/31)
Position Description:    

The dark matter direct detection group at the University of Texas at Austin is seeking exceptional candidates for

the role of Postdoctoral Fellow. The chosen candidate will primarily split their time between data analysis for the

LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment and research and development of new xenon particle detector technologies.

The group, led by Professor Scott Kravitz, focuses on novel methods to improve the sensitivity and scope of dark

matter direct detection experiments. Modeling and data analysis for the world-leading LZ experiment is a key area of

expertise. Current work includes development and validation of fast simulation software and application of machine

learning methods to LZ data to expand both the range of dark matter models that can be probed and the sensitivity

of such searches. The second main effort is exploration of new particle detectors, in particular through the use of solid

xenon as an exceptionally low-background and highly scalable medium.

Expected responsibilities include:

  • Fabrication, testing, and experiment design for a several-kilogram-scale solid xenon particle detector
  • Leadership in data analysis for the LZ dark matter experiment
  • Effectively sharing research findings and expertise, through conferences (including occasional travel), publications, and mentorship both within the group and in the field of dark matter detection

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in experimental particle physics or a related field within the past 4 years (or expected soon after position starts)

Desired qualifications:

  • Hardware experience with liquid xenon time projection chambers
  • Proficiency with data analysis in Python, C++, ROOT
  • Highly effective communication skills
  • Experience with and desire to perform work in a collaborative environment

Application materials:

  • CV
  • Publication list (highlighting or only including those for which the applicant was a lead author)
  • A statement of past research experiences and future interests, not to exceed three pages
  • Three letters of recommendation (to be submitted online by the reference writers at this site)

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit

materials no later than August 31, 2023. The start date is negotiable, with candidates ideally starting fall 2023. Salary

and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The term of appointment is

two years initially, with the option for continued yearly renewal after that, not to exceed five years past the date of

Ph.D. conferral.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
2515 Speedway, C1600
Austin, TX 78712