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Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics (SuperCDMS)

Southern Methodist University
Ontario, Canada
Posting live until
13 Apr 2024

Position No. 00054860. Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher in the SuperCDMS group at Southern Methodist University (SMU). The SuperCDMS collaboration is in the process of building and deploying an experiment for the direct detection of dark matter. The experiment is under construction in SNOLAB, which is located in Sudbury, Ontario. When completed, the experiment will have an initial payload of about 30 kg will be a mix of germanium and silicon targets in the form of both background discriminating iZIP and low-threshold HV detectors, pushing the sensitivity towards WIMPs with even lower masses and improving the cross-section reach of SuperCDMS by more than an order of magnitude.

In addition to the construction of the main experiment, the SuperCDMS collaboration is using the Cryogenic Underground TEst (CUTE) facility at SNOLAB to test and characterize SuperCDMS detectors. The low background of the CUTE facility in combination with the exceptional energy resolution of SuperCDMS detectors allows for competitive dark matter searches to be performed.

The successful candidate will be stationed at SNOLAB in Sudbury, ON, Canada and is expected to work closely with the SuperCDMS group at SNOLAB on the experiment construction and commissioning. In addition, it is expected that the successful candidate will also participate in the detector operations at the CUTE facility and in analysis of data taken from the CUTE facility which is located in SNOLAB.

Minimum qualifications: completed requirements for a doctoral degree in physics or related field by May 31, 2024.

This position will require the successful candidate to work underground and to exhibit:

• moderate physical exertion and manual dexterity,

• ability to walk long distances in an industrial setting,

• ability to ascend/descend ladders, and

• ability to assemble equipment/experiments.

This position requires a Ph.D. in physics or a related field. We welcome candidates seeking an inclusive and dynamic team. Women and individuals from underrepresented populations in Physics are strongly encouraged to apply.

Preferred qualifications: Experience working in the direct detection of dark matter or related fields such as experimental high energy physics, condensed matter, or quantum technologies. Experience with GEANT4 simulations, data analysis, and/or hardware experience. Position begins June 1, 2024. An earlier start date is negotiable.


Applications must be submitted via Interfolio and should include a letter highlighting the candidate’s qualifications, complete curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin April 22, 2024. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by April 19, 2024 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants will be notified of the employment decision after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

SuperCDMS Collaboration:

The successful candidate will work closely with the SuperCDMS group at SNOLAB. This group is composed of highly qualified research personnel doing cutting edge research. Learn more about SNOLAB, the SuperCDMS collaboration, and the SMU Department of Physics at the following links:

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