The particle astrophysics group at Alberta (see http://pd-srv-cpp-01.physics.ualberta.ca/cpp/) is offering several postdoctoral fellowships. The successful candidates will join our activities at SNOLAB associated with the SNO+ neutrino experiment, the PICO or DEAP dark matter experiments.
The fellowships will be based at the University of Alberta and may involve travel to the SNOLAB facility in Sudbury, Ontario (see http://www.snolab.ca). Experience in the field of neutrino physics or dark matter searches is an asset. For fieldwork a driver’s license is highly desirable.
Candidates will have a recent PhD in experimental particle astrophysics, nuclear or particle physics, or in a closely related field. The original appointment will be for two years, up to three years in special circumstances, subject to funding. The stipend will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The opportunities are for the following experiments:
• SNO+ (two opportunities). This experiment will start collecting neutrino data using a liquid scintillator to study neutrinoless double beta decay of 130Te, geo and reactor neutrinos and solar neutrinos. The Alberta group is responsible for key aspects of the detector, such as a 60Co calibration source, the rope net to hold down the experiment during operation and a camera system that monitors calibration sources and detector properties. The postdoctoral fellows for SNO+ will operate the detector, commission the 60Co source, operate and analyze the camera system and develop analysis techniques for the new detector. Key upcoming duties include verifying and refining Monte Carlo simulations using high performance computing provided by Compute Canada. One of the two postdoctoral fellows for this experiment will be located at SNOLAB and will take responsibility for commissioning the detector.
• PICO (one opportunity). The PICASSO and COUPP collaborations have merged to form PICO. PICO will build and operate a large-scale, super-heated dark matter detector at SNOLAB. The postdoctoral fellow for PICO will perform such functions as designing, modelling, building, testing and commissioning ultra-low-background detectors, and developing software for Monte Carlo simulations and data analysis.
• DEAP (one opportunity). The DEAP experiment is a dark matter search experiment that is currently in the final stages of construction. The detector will be filled with 3.6 tonnes of liquid argon in spring 2014; the first data is expected later the same year. The postdoctoral fellow for DEAP will operate the detector, analyze its data and optimize the detector simulation.
Applicants should clearly state which opportunity they are interested in and include a detailed CV, a brief statement of research interests, and arrange to have at least three letters of reference forwarded to:
Associate Professor Carsten B. Krauss (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The review of applications will begin on March 15th, 2014 and will continue until the opportunities are filled.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank all applicants for their time and effort but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be considered for future opportunities.
The University of Alberta offers appointments on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.