Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Dark Matter and Neutrino Physics

University of California Davis

Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Dark Matter and Neutrino Physics at UC Davis

Job #JPF04523
  • PHYSICS / Mathematical and Physical Sciences / UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: October 12th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 17, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Neutrino and Dark Matter group at the University of California, Davis invites applications for postdoctoral research on the DarkSide-20k experiment and related detector development.

The Global Argon Dark Matter Collaboration (GADMC) includes scientists from all the major groups currently working with the liquid argon technology to push the sensitivity for WIMP dark matter detection several orders of magnitude beyond current levels in the high mass search region. The DarkSide-20k two-phase detector, currently in construction at the Gran Sasso Laboratory (LNGS), aims at a total exposure of 200 ton-year and higher. The DarkSide-LowMass detector will be optimized for the observation of the ultra-low energy ionization-only events. The collaboration is also pursuing design studies for the ARGO detector with about 360-ton fiducial mass that would further extend the sensitivity to the neutrino floor region for the high mass dark matter detection and contribute to the precision measurements of components of the solar neutrino spectrum.

The primary responsibility of this position is to participate in the development, construction and on-site commissioning of the DarkSide-20k detector. The position will be based at UC Davis, CERN, and LNGS. The successful candidate will also take an active role in the development of simulation and analysis tools and will have the opportunity to play a leading role in the ongoing R&D projects towards precise calibration of dark matter and neutrino liquid argon detectors. The UC Davis Neutrino and Dark Matter Group currently consists of four professors, five postdocs, and more than ten graduate students. In addition to DarkSide we are involved in LUX/LZ, DUNE, ANNIE and Theia.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in experimental particle or nuclear physics or related fields.

Preferred qualifications

Software experience from physics analysis, simulations, and signal processing is a plus, as is experience with detector development.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., including a list of publications.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
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Job location

UC Davis, CA; CERN; LNGS, Italy