Physics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Position ID:UMass-Physics-DAR [#9104]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Amherst, Massachusetts 01003, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Dark Matter, HEP-Experiment (hep-ex), Experimental Physics, Experimental Condensed Matter, Particle Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Experiment
Starting Date:2017/07/01
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2017/04/20, finished 2017/11/03, listed until 2017/05/31)
Position Description:    

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Job Description: The research group of Prof. Scott Hertel at UMass Amherst invites applications for postdoctoral scholars. Research and responsibilities will involve two dark matter direct detection projects, with a division of effort tuned to the candidate's expertise and interest. These two projects are 1) the LZ experiment, a large-collaboration enterprise that will soon have world-leading sensitivity to standard WIMP models and 2) R&D into dark matter detection based on superfluid 4He, using meV-scale kinetic excitations (rotons) to observe sub-eV nuclear recoils at mK temperatures. The appointment will begin in Summer or early Fall 2017, and is for a term of 1 year with the possibility of multiple one-year reappointments assuming satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Appointments include competitive salary, benefits, and travel funding. Candidates from a variety of research backgrounds will be considered, assuming significant experience in a hands-on laboratory setting.

Requirements: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in some branch of experimental physics. Preferred qualifications include data analysis experience within a particle physics context, laboratory experience with vacuum and cryogenic systems, or laboratory experience with sensitive electronics such as SQUIDs or related technologies.

Application Instructions: Applicants must apply online at Please submit a current CV, a 1-2 page description of research experience and interests, and contact information for 2-3 professional references. Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of May 31, 2017 to ensure consideration.

Additional Information: The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statues, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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Contact: Racquel Kirpan, 413-545-2545
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Postal Mail:
710 North Pleasant St, Rm 1126
Amherst, MA 01003
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