NCN-funded postdoctoral position - analysis & simulations in the P-ONE Experiment

The Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences (INP PAS)
Krakow, Poland
Closing date
22 Feb 2024

The Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences (INP PAS) in Kraków, Poland, offers a Post-doc position in astroparticle neutrino physics: analysis of first data from Pacific Ocean Neutrino Experiment (P-ONE).

The INP PAS ( ) is a leading research institute in Poland with a well-establihed position in both accelerator and astroparticle high-energy physics experiments, including ATLAS, ALICE, LHCb, Pierre Auger and others.

The Pacific Ocean Neutrino Experiment (P-ONE) is under rapid development in the Pacific Ocean west off Vancouver, Canada, aiming to deploy its first regular measurement line in 2025 with two prototype lines already in operation. It aims to study cosmogenic (astrophysical) neutrinos of very high energies (10 TeV - 10 PeV) from their possible sources in the sky and also to study diffuse flux of such neutrinos. The confirmation of IceCube’s discoveries from 2013 is still needed but the main purpose of the new neutrino telescope is to provide significantly larger rates of neutrino events and - moreover - a better coverage of the sky, aiming especially to the southern sky with its Galactic Center and Galactic Plane.

The proposed work will be devoted to development of simulations and studies of the experiment’s first data, including studies of atmospheric muons spectra that will be available with the first measurement line but also analyses of data from the prototype STRAW lines. The analyses of early data will be essential to understand the detector, trigger and software performance but also to measure the muon background to the eventually searched astrophysical neutrinos.

The Institute of Nuclear Physics PAS ( ) has been for many years a member of the international collaboration that built and operated the Baikal-GVD telescope. Following the Russian invasion in the Ukraine the cooperation was stopped and the group is continuing its experience in the newly-formed P-ONE Collaboration. We have organized the Collaboration Meeting in May 2023. Our main focus in the P-ONE Collaboration covers: design of simulation and reconstruction software, early analyses of data and, on the hardware side, the design of laser-based detector calibration system that would allow for in-situ measurements of water properties. The successful candidate will mostly be involved in the simulation & analysis work.

Requirements to the candidate:

- PhD in particle physics, astrophysics or related; The applications will be accepted if the candidate has not obtained the degree yet but has submitted the thesis and obtained at least one review. The PhD degree is required before getting employed.

- experience in data analysis and computer simulations;

- good skills at computer programming (C++, Python), preferably knowledge of Machine Learning techniques;

- knowledge of the GEANT4 simulation framework and other simulation software would be welcome but is not strictly required,

- fluent communication (verbal and written) in English.

Applications should include:

- detailed CV including a brief description of your research interest;

- two reference letters sent directly to;

- a letter of motivation;

- a list of publications and references (if available),

+ thesis and review(s) in case the candidate hasn't obtained the degree yet.

The CV should contain a consent to the processing of the personal data for the purpose of the recruitment.

Applications and any questions should be directed to:

We offer a 3-years contract starting in February - March 2024 financed from a NCN SONATA-BIS grant, with a salary of around 6000 PLN (netto). The work will be carried out in collaboration with foreign partners; it will include working trips and participation in collaboration meetings and conferences.

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