Postdoc in Experimental DUNE and MuS2

Colorado State University - Physics Dept.
Colorado, US
$55,000 - $60,000 Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Closing date
10 Mar 2024

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The Department of Physics at Colorado State University (CSU), in Fort Collins, Colorado, has an opening for a post-doctoral researcher in the field of experimental high energy particle physics. This position is split between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA) project Muons for Safety and Security (MuS2). CSU was one of the founding members of the DUNE project which is an international neutrino experiment hosted in the U.S. The CSU HEP group is at the center of work on photon detectors in liquid argon for both of the DUNE far detector designs. The MuS2 project uses lasers to accelerate electrons to a few GeV energy. The electrons are directed at a heavy target resulting in pair production of muons and a large electromagnetic shower. The long-term goal of Mu2S is to create muons capable of imaging dense objects using muon scattering. The DARPA detector design and analysis of data are the responsibility of the CSU HEP group.

The successful candidate will work with senior graduate students on each experiment. This position will be based at CSU in Fort Collins. Travel to Fermilab, CERN, and the far detector site in South Dakota will be part of the DUNE work. The MuS2 experiment is based at CSU but travel to other locations may be necessary. Contact Prof. John Harton, for more details The position is funded for two years with the possibility of renewal based on funding.

Required Job Qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Experimental Particle Physics or a related field by the start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on original research projects.
  • Demonstrated experience with photon detectors.
  • Experience with analysis of experimental data in high energy or nuclear physics.
  • Demonstrated teamwork, leadership, and written communication skills.

A complete application includes: Cover Letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. References will be contacted immediately upon the submission of the application and will receive an email with a link to submit their letter. All letters of recommendation must be submitted prior to March 7, 2024. The desired start date is March 15, 2024 but a later start date is negotiable. No mail in applications or letters will be accepted. 

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We strive to perform excellent teaching and mentoring for both undergraduate and graduate physics students, and serve students in other disciplines that take our courses and participate in available research opportunities. We strive to provide service to the university and the broader physics community, and engage the public in outreach and service.

Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, situated in the foothills of the scenic Rocky Mountains, a one hour drive north of metropolitan Denver. In addition to the cultural and recreational opportunities available in Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver, the easily accessible Rocky Mountain area offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including, hiking, camping, fishing, and skiing.

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CSU - Physics Dept
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Fort Collins

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