Particle Physics Division, Fermilab

1705 9745
Position ID:FNAL-Particle Physics Division-PPDRADM2017 [#9745]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Astrophysics – Dark Matter and Initiatives)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Cosmology/Particle Astrophysics
High Energy Physics / Experiment
Astrophysics / Astrophysics, Experimental Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2017/11/08 (posted 2017/09/08)
Position Description:    

Open Date: 09/08/2017
Close Date: 11/08/2017


The Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics (FCPA) has an excellent postdoctoral opportunity to carry out high-quality research within its experimental particle astrophysics program. Current projects with the FCPA cover a broad range of topics, including direct detection of dark matter (SuperCDMS, LZ, ADMX, SENSEI), investigation of the nature of dark energy (DES, DESI, LSST), and study of the cosmic microwave background (SPT-3G, CMB-S4). There are also opportunities to participate in the development of new experimental projects, and in detector R&D.

For the current opening, we are seeking candidates to work on low mass dark matter direct detection experiments using the newly developed skipper-CCD (SENSEI).

Members of the FCPA interact regularly with other experimental and theoretical scientists, as well as members of engineering and technical departments throughout the laboratory. The selected research associate will contribute to other activities within the FCPA, including organization of seminars, a journal club and an informal "chalk talk" series.

This position is contingent on the availability of funding, and is for a period of up to three (3) years, with the potential for extension considered on a yearly basis thereafter.

Respect, understand, and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity.

Abide by all environment, safety, and health regulations.



  • Publishing scientific papers based on analysis of Dark Energy Survey data.
  • Presenting work to scientific collaborations, conferences, workshops, and reviews.


Qualifications and Essential Job Functions

  • Ph.D in Experimental Particle Physics or Experimental Particle Astrophysics
  • Experience with low noise CCDs is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including presentations to large international scientific collaborations and conferences.

Physical Activity and Work Conditions

HUMAN FACTORS: Mental Concentration, Sitting, and Visually Demanding.

In addition, the ability to travel by automobile and/or commercial air carrier both domestically and internationally may be required.


There is no legal requirement that Fermilab sponsor an employee for U.S. permanent residence. As a result, Fermilab will make the decision to sponsor an employee on a case-by-case basis. Fermilab will consider the following factors, among others, when determining whether to sponsor an employee for U.S. permanent residence: performance, length of service, long-term need for the position, and cost.

Diverse people. Diverse jobs. Great science.

Fermilab is America’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory.

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
MS 127
PO Box 500
Batavia, IL 60510

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