Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Fundamental Physics Directorate

Position ID:Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory-Fundamental Physics Directorate-DMQIS [#27612]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Menlo Park, California 94025, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Astrophysics / Dark Matter
Quantum Information Science
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2024/05/06)
Position Description:    

The DM/QIS (Dark Matter + Quantum Information Science) Group invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate position at the Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The initial appointment will be made for a term of three years, and offers excellent benefits ( and salary.

The DM/QIS group is developing novel ultra-sensitive detectors to probe sub-MeV dark matter, a mass range inaccessible by current detector technologies. To that end, group members are involved in developing: detectors and readout for low bandgap quantum materials (with the SPLENDOR collaboration), low-threshold TES-based sensors on carbon-based substrates (with the SuperCDMS collaboration), qubit-based phonon and photon sensors (with the BREAD collaboration), kinetic inductance detectors (KIDs), and optical to THz calibration for various superconducting sensors. The specific focus of this position will be the development and application of a calibration system for cryogenic devices to investigate superconducting device properties and determine suitability for future dark matter experiments. There may also be opportunities to engage in the installation of the SuperCDMS dark matter experiment, analysis of SuperCDMS data, or any of the DM/QIS activities listed above.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in physics or a related field prior to starting the appointment. A successful candidate will demonstrate a record of leadership, communication, and creative problem solving. Previous experience with developing dark matter detectors, performing data analysis, building laser systems (optical to THz regime), fabricating or operating superconducting devices, or working in dilution refrigerators is desirable but not required.

Application materials should be submitted at ( Candidates should provide a cover letter indicating why they are interested in this position and how they see their skill set fitting in with the goals of the DM/QIS group, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation submitted to the same site. A statement of research interests and plans (1-3 pages) is optional, but helpful. We also encourage applicants, as a component of their research statement or cover letter, to discuss their experience with or commitment to engaging in mentoring, outreach, teaching, public policy, fostering inclusive environments, or activities that diversify the field.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis 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 astrophysics and cosmology and/or will bring additional dimensions to Stanford and SLAC’s research and educational missions. More information about Stanford’s ongoing commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment can be found at

For further information regarding the position, please contact Dr. Kelly Stifter (

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Further Info:
email address
2575 Sand Hill Rd.
Menlo Park CA 94025