University of Chicago, Enrico Fermi Institute

Position ID:UChicago-Enrico Fermi Institute-DARKSIDE [#25903, Postdoctoral Scholar]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Schola DarkSide-20K
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Chicago, Illinois 60637, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / Dark Matter, Experimental Physics, Astroparticle Physics, astrophysics, Experimental Particle Physics, Neutrino physics
Appl Deadline:2024/08/26 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/09/25, updated 2024/02/23, listed until 2024/08/26)
Position Description:   URMs  

Postdoctoral Scholar – DarkSide-20K

We invite applications for an academic research position at the rank of Postdoctoral Scholar in the area of experimental astroparticle physics, in the Enrico Fermi Institute (EFI) at The University of Chicago.  

We seek an outstanding, highly motivated candidate with interest both in hardware and analysis. The appointee will participate in the DarkSide-20K program, a dark matter direct search using two-phase argon technology to be deployed at the Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory (LNGS) in Italy. On the hardware side the appointee will contribute to the design, construction and integration of the DarkSide-20k Inner Detector. On the analysis side, the appointee  will contribute to Monte Carlo studies for background modeling and to the development of the event reconstruction algorithms, performed on synthetic data, in preparation for early commissioning data. The appointee will also be asked to contribute to R&D activities and auxiliary measurements. The appointee will spend extended periods of time at Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory to closely follow the inner detector integration and the preparatory work. 

Please note that the appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar is restricted to those less than seven years beyond the attainment of a Ph.D.




      •  Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, or a related field, acquired no later than Fall 2024.



     •  Previous experience with noble liquid detectors, direct dark matter search experiments, low-background techniques, data analysis and Monte Carlo simulations


To apply for this position, please submit the following materials:

•  Cover letter

•  Curriculum vitae

•  List of publications

•  Brief statement of research interests

•  Contact information for at least three reference letter writers


Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

For further information about this position, please directly contact Prof. Luca Grandi (

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

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