Research Associate in Physics-Astronomy

Michigan State University College of Natural Science

Research Associate-Fixed Term

Apply now Job no: 692866
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Physics-Astronomy 10032666
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

The neutrino group in the Michigan State University Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking qualified applicants for a postdoctoral research position on the Tokai-to-Kamioka (T2K) and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) experiments.

The T2K experiment is currently running in Japan and has an exciting program of neutrino oscillation physics, neutrino interaction measurements and exotic physics searches. The MSU group, led by Prof. Kendall Mahn, has a prominent role in oscillation and cross section analyses with T2K data, including the ongoing efforts to perform a joint analysis with NOvA and Super-Kamiokande collaborations. The group is also integral to the first measurements of pion interactions with ProtoDUNE, and in the design and realization of the DUNE near detector (DUNE PRISM and LAr prototyping). In addition, the MSU group is involved in testing of DUNE cold electronics. Finally, the accelerator-based neutrino group from extensive technical infrastructure and close connections to the high energy collider (ATLAS), particle astrophysics (IceCube, HAWC), nuclear (NSCL, FRIB), and astronomy and astrophysics groups in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The successful candidate will take a leading role in T2K oscillation and/or cross section analyses and be key to the success of the DUNE ND prototype program, including hardware responsibilities. Significant travel to Japan or Fermilab (~months/year) is possible, subject to the COVID situation. Research associates will also assist in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Physics or a related field

Minimum Requirements

Applications will be considered from individuals with a PhD in physics or a related field, with preference given to those with strong backgrounds in particle physics, astrophysics or cosmic ray physics. Proficiency in C++ or a similar computer language is essential; hardware experience is desirable.

Required Application Materials

Interested individuals should submit the names of at least three individuals from whom letters of recommendation can be requested, a curriculum vitae, a brief (3 page) statement of research background (2 page) and interests through the MSU hiring website: referencing posting # 692866. 

Special Instructions

Review of applications will commence April 2, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled, with a tentative start date of June 1, 2021 or as mutually agreed upon. For further information on this position, please contact Prof. Kendall Mahn at

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Advertised: Feb 17, 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 17, 2023 Eastern Standard Time