Pennsylvania State University, Physics Department

Position ID:PennState-Physics-PDSW [#25025, REQ_0000043392]
Position Title: Postdoc - Experimental Ultrahigh Energy Neutrino
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / X-ray instrumentation, High Energy Physics, Particle Physics
Salary Range:54,840 - 58,000
Appl Deadline:2023/09/30 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/06/19, listed until 2023/11/27)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Scholar - Experimental Ultrahigh Energy Neutrino - PUEO Experiment

The Particle Astrophysics group at Penn State is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work with Professor Stephanie Wissel on experimental searches for the highest energy neutrinos, multi-messenger, and particle astrophysics.

Researchers in the Wissel Lab work on several experiments deployed around the world including in Antarctica, Greenland, and high-elevation mountains. Experiments such as the Askaryan Radio Array (ARA) and the future radio component of IceCube-Gen2 at the South Pole and the Radio Neutrino Observatory in Greenland (RNO-G) search for EeV-scale neutrinos with antennas deployed in polar ice. Balloon-borne experiments like the Payload for Ultra-high-Energy Observations (PUEO) search for neutrino interactions in the ice and upgoing tau neutrinos from a high altitude. Researchers in the Wissel lab are also exploring novel concepts like the Beamforming Elevated Array for Cosmic Neutrinos which searches for upgoing tau neutrinos from a high-elevation mountain. Previous experience in these experiments or related experiments is advantageous, but not required.

The postdoctoral scholar will conduct research on PUEO, which is expected to launch from McMurdo in 2024. For PUEO, the Penn State group is responsible for a deployable array of antenna and calibration systems. The payload will be integrated in Chicago and in Palestine, Tx prior to launch and the postdoc will be expected to contribute to building and testing instrumentation on the PUEO instrument. They will also travel to contribute to integration activities and may conduct field work in Antarctica. As a member of the PUEO team, they will contribute to searches for the highest energy neutrinos in the flight data.

Penn State is a vibrant and stimulating environment for particle and multi-messenger astrophysics with ample opportunities for collaboration and career development. The postdoctoral scholar will be embedded within the Particle Astrophysics group and the Center for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (CMA) at the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (IGC). Penn State is a leading institution in multi-messenger astrophysics. PSU hosts the Astrophysical Multi-Messenger Observatory Network, strong experimental groups in LIGO, HAWC, Auger, HELIX, LZ, Project8, IceCube, GRAND, and Swift, as well as leading theoretical groups in particle astrophysics, gravitation, and cosmology.

Education and Experience Applications will be considered from Ph.D. physicists and astronomers with strong backgrounds in particle astrophysics, multi-messenger astrophysics, particle physics, cosmic ray physics, and related fields.

Additional Information Applications must be submitted electronically through Penn State’s Careers Page and include a CV and brief statement of research interests. Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be submitted to indicating the appropriate job number (Req. 0000043392) in the subject line.

This is a term appointment funded for one year from date of hire, with possibility of yearly renewal. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

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The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Physics
104 Davey Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802