University of Zurich, Department of Physics

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Position ID:UZH-Department of Physics-PDRA5 [#26495]
Position Title: Postdoctoral research associate - experimental astrophysics: dark matter
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Zurich, Zurich 8057, Switzerland [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics / Astrophysics Experiment
Appl Deadline: (posted 2023/11/04, updated 2023/11/03, listed until 2024/05/03)
Position Description:    

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The group of Prof. Penning, at the University of Zürich (UZH), has multiple postdoc positions available to search for dark matter with the LZ and TESSERACT experiments. LZ is the world’s largest direct dark matter search experiment using liquid xenon. The group is very involved in the Outer Detector, which approximately doubles LZ’s sensitivity, and in TPC background modeling, calibration, and physics. One of the successful candidates will take on a leading role in the outer detector, dark matter searches, and developments for the next-generation experiment XLZD. TESSERACT is a novel cryogenic low-mass dark matter experiment that will explore masses down to 10 MeV by using superfluid helium and polar crystals. One of the successful candidates will take on a leading role in the design, operation, and physics of the TESSERACT experiment.

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to take leading roles in both science and instrumentation producing high-impact research that will propel them towards their next career goals. The positions are limited to three years with the possibility of extension.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, research statement (3 pages max.), curriculum vitae, and publication list, and arrange at least three letters of recommendation to be submitted by the reference writers at the AJO website.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree obtained within the past two years, or expect to obtain one before their start date. A good understanding of the methods and techniques used in experimental physics is essential. Enthusiasm to go beyond existing experience is highly valued. Necessary skills include the ability to perform independent research, good written and oral communication, and the willingness to travel. Knowledge of common software and research tools used in the field is also expected.

Materials should be received by December 15, 2023. Complete applications will be considered immediately. Applications received after that date will be considered until the position is filled. The earliest start date is January 1, 2024. Compensation is internationally competitive following the UZH salary regulations table (Pay Category/Pay Level = 18/03 for postdocs).

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Department of Physics
University of Zurich
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