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Neutrino & Dark Matter Experimental Physics Postdoc
Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Date Posted 01/11/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Neutrino & Dark Matter Experimental Physics Postdoc

What You Will Do

The Weak Interactions Team in P-1, the Dynamic Imaging and Radiography group of the Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is inviting applicants for a postdoctoral appointment working on a search for double beta decay within the LEGEND program and the in-house testing of novel dark matter detectors. The successful candidate will contribute to the Team's efforts on the LEGEND-200 double-beta decay experiment and the on-going R&D for the ton-scale effort. This includes installation and data-analysis for the LEGEND experiment at Gran Sasso, Italy. In addition, we are seeking a candidate with a strong interest in detector development. In a joint effort with Materials Science and Theory at Los Alamos, as well as other partners in the US, new narrow bandgap semiconductors with quantum sensing applications are being developed and tested. These materials can respond to sub-eV energy deposits through charge excitations, and the postdoc will work on the detector readout chain, data acquisition and analysis with the ultimate goal of single electron-hole pair detection.

The Physics Division is a diverse group of experimental physicists, engineers, technicians, and students engaged in a range of fundamental and applied research in: nuclear physics within and beyond the Standard Model, weapons physics, remote sensing, and fluid dynamics and numerous other topics. We support a diverse program that includes scientists of many nationalities and backgrounds, participation in experiments worldwide, sponsorship of workshops and conferences, unclassified and classified experiments and analyses. The LANL Postdoctoral Program is a pipeline for hiring technical staff at the Laboratory, many of whom first joined LANL as postdocs. The Laboratory encourages its postdoc mentors to help their postdocs explore possibilities for conversion to a permanent staff position.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

The successful candidate must have:

  • An experimental background in one or more of the following areas: Nuclear physics, particle physics, detector readouts and design, low background counting, or data acquisition.

  • Ability for significant travel, within pandemic constraints, to experimental sites is a necessity.

  • Strong communication and language skills as evidenced by publications, presentations, and the cover letter.

Education/Experience: A Ph.D. completed within the past 5 years (2016 or later) in nuclear, particle physics, astrophysics, or related field is required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience at underground facilities; (2)
  • Detector readout and front-end development, (3)
  • Strong publishing record, demonstrated written and oral communication skills in English
  • Familiarity with germanium detectors
  • Experience with other weak interactions measurements.

Note to Applicants:

A CV, the names of three persons providing letters of reference, and a cover letter addressing the required and desired skills in detail should be submitted online at jobs.lanl.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Question may be sent to Dr. Ralph Massarczyk at massarczyk@lanl.gov (505) 665 6710, Dr. Steve Elliott at elliotts@lanl.gov (505) 665-0068, or Dr. Daniele Alves at spier@lanl.gov (505) 664 0182.

Candidates may be considered for Director's Fellowships or Distinguished Fellowships.

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid maternity and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
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