The University of Connecticut Particle and Nuclear Physics Group invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in support of our efforts within the Super BigBite Spectrometer (SBS) Collaboration in Jefferson Lab’s Experimental Hall A, led by Professor Andrew Puckett. The research is focused on precision studies of nucleon and nuclear structure at large momentum transfers in medium-energy electron-nucleus scattering. The SBS is a collection of apparatus designed for the study of high-momentum transfer (Q2 ) two-particle coincidence reactions at the highest luminosities that Jefferson Lab’s Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) is capable of delivering. The first two SBS experiments were successfully completed during the Oct. 2021-Feb. 2022 running period in Hall A, collecting nearly two petabytes of raw data in approximately four months of running, a data volume nearly five times larger than the combined data collected by experiments in Hall A in the last 25 years. There are six remaining fully approved experiments that make use of the SBS equipment, and one conditionally approved experiment. The physics program of SBS emphasizes measurements of proton and neutron electromagnetic form factors and transverse single-spin asymmetries in semi-inclusive deep inelastic scattering (SIDIS), at large values of Q2 . The SBS program started in Hall A in October 2021, and the first two experiments, focused on the neutron magnetic and electric form factors at large Q2 values, were completed in February 2022. The UConn group is heavily involved in all aspects of the SBS program, and our primary responsibilities include the preparation of a Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detector for use in several of the planned SBS experiments and the event reconstruction, data analysis, and Monte Carlo simulation software for the entire program. The SBS program is expected to continue running in Hall A through at least 2024.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The successful candidate will be expected to play a lead role in the group’s software development and data analysis support efforts for the entire SBS program, to lead the testing, preparation, installation, commissioning and operation of the RICH detector for the SBS SIDIS experiment, currently expected to begin as early as 2023, to support the SBS experiment running, and to support analysis of the collected data toward timely publication. The Associate will be stationed at Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA, with occasional visits to UConn as needed, and will also help supervise the efforts of the group’s graduate students stationed at the lab. Finally, the Associate will be encouraged to develop and lead new experiment proposals and other initiatives in medium-energy nuclear, particle, and hadronic physics using electromagnetic probes.
- A Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in experimental nuclear, particle, or high-energy physics (or closely related field), completed before the anticipated start date of the position.
- Demonstrated proficiency in C++ programming and standard software tools and libraries used in particle and nuclear physics (CERN’s ROOT and GEANT4 at a minimum).
- Expertise in nuclear, particle, and hadronic physics using electromagnetic probes.
- Working knowledge of the theory and phenomenology of fixed-target electron-nucleus scattering at multi-GeV energies, demonstrated through scholarly publications and/or doctoral dissertation research.
- Experience or expertise in particle detectors, including but not limited to threshold and/or imaging Cherenkov detectors; micro-pattern gas detectors such as Gas Electron Multipliers (GEMs), electromagnetic and hadronic calorimeters, scintillation detectors, and photomultiplier tubes.
- Experience or expertise in analog and digital electronics and high-speed data acquisition systems for large-scale, accelerator-based nuclear and particle physics experiments.
- Experience or expertise in fast event reconstruction algorithms for detectors commonly used in particle and nuclear physics.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- A demonstrated ability to work effectively within medium-large collaborations and meet deadlines.
The intended start date for the position is July 15, 2022. The initial appointment at UConn is for one year, renewable for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory performance, mutual agreement, and availability of funds. The Associate will be stationed at Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA, with occasional visits to UConn as needed.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy . This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs , Staff Positions, Search #496257 to upload a cv, cover letter, publication list, and a statement of research interests not exceeding three pages. Please arrange for at least two letters of reference to be sent to Prof. Andrew Puckett (Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org ). Questions about the position should also be directed to Prof. Andrew Puckett. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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