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Post Doctorate RA - Post-Doctoral Fellow in Dark Matter (SuperCDMS)


Job Description

Job ID: 307836
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Description

PNNL is seeking an outstanding post-doctoral researcher to participate in construction, operation, and early science of the SuperCDMS SNOLAB dark matter experiment as a member of the Radiation Detection & Nuclear Sciences (RD&NS) Group.

Candidates may have varied experience and focus. Areas of particular interest include: operation of solid-state cryogenic radiation detectors; experience in assembly, testing, and operation of research instrumentation for underground physics experiments; generalized radiation measurement expertise; detector and background modeling; high-performance computing techniques applied to radiation transport simulation; and analysis of experimental data from rare-event searches (esp. direct detection of dark matter).

The ideal candidate will seek to develop a unique contribution to the SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment, culminating in leading the analysis and publication of initial data obtained from SuperCDMS SNOLAB detectors. Candidates having expertise complementing PNNL’s focus in background control for low-background radiation detectors and physics experiments is highly desirable. There is potential for significant travel to the SNOLAB (Sudbury, Canada) underground laboratory in support of the construction and operation of SuperCDMS SNOLAB.

The post-doctoral researcher will also have the opportunity to participate in the RD&NS Group’s applied radiation detection programs. These programs may provide bench-scale, hands-on laboratory instrumentation development opportunities, including working in the PNNL shallow underground laboratory cleanroom.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

• Technical Expertise: Experience with or knowledge of low-background radiation detector systems esp. direct detection of dark matter techniques.
• Level of Responsibility: Personal contributor to detector development, experimental analysis, and publication of results.
• Breadth of Relevant Technical Knowledge: Underground direct detection dark matter experiments.
• Minimum Education/Experience: Ph.D. in nuclear or particle physics

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307836
Directorate: National Security
Division: Signatures Science & Technology
Group: Radiation Detection & Nuclear Science's