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4-year PhD scholarship (NCN-funded) in P-ONE - analysis of data from the first experimental line

Employer
Cracow, INP
Location
Krakow, Poland
Salary
Unspecified
Posting live until
23 Jun 2024

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

The INP PAS ( www.ifj.edu.pl ) 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 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 studies of the experiment’s first data. It will include work on detector simulation software for better understanding of the incoming data, and studies of atmospheric muons spectra that will be available with the first line. 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 ( www.ifj.edu.pl ) 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, having organized the Collaboration Meeting in May 2023.

Requirements to the candidate:

- MSc in astrophysics, particle physics or related;

- interest in data analysis and computer simulations;

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

- fluent communication (verbal and written) in English,

- knowledge of either ROOT of numpy/scipy packages would be very welcome.

The recruitment process involves an oral entrance exam covering topics in general and particle/astro-particle physics. The list of questions is known and can be found at: https://kisd.ifj.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Zakres-egzaminu_IFJ-PAN_2023_2024.pdf (only sections 1 & 2).

Applications should include:

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

- a reference letter (preferably two) sent directly to: pawel.malecki@ifj.edu.pl

- a letter of motivation;

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

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: pawel.malecki@ifj.edu.pl

We offer a 4-years contract starting in 2024, partly financed from a NCN SONATA-BIS grant, with a stipend of around 4000 - 4200 PLN/month in the first 2 years and 5800 - 6000 PLN/month in the 3rd and 4th year. The work will lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). The dissertation will involve computer simulations, and analysis of experimental data. 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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