CENPA Job Openings



Req #: 221836
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 05/05/2023 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: $6,467 - $9,200 per month 
Other Compensation:  
Shift: First Shift 
Benefits: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.


As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. 

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. 

The Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA) has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 4.

CENPA is a fertile environment for experimental nuclear physics in the area of Fundamental Symmetries and Neutrinos, in the search for physics beyond the Standard Model. The Project 8 and He6-CRES experiments run locally in our lab.  They are both advancing new techniques for nuclear beta spectroscopy based on measuring the cyclotron radiation emitted by betas in a magnetic field. The radiation frequency is in the microwave range, so the associated data acquisition systems are similar to those employed in radio-wave astronomy or HEP experiments. The Research Scientist/Engineer 4 would bring experience in such DAQ systems to the CENPA projects and would be a fully collaborative scientific member of the team.

Many other experiments are developed at CENPA, including LEGEND, KATRIN, Selena, DAMIC, COHERENT, Muon g-2, MuSun, PIONEER, ADMX, searches for deviations of the laws of gravity, and others. The Research Scientist/Engineer 4 may develop activities within those other experiments, as opportunities and needs arise.

  • (40%) Data: Implement techniques for high-speed digitization (on the scale of 5 Gsamples/s), real-time data manipulation, data streaming at high-speeds (on the scale of 1 GB/s), and managing/optimizing large 100TB data samples.
  • (30%) Hardware controls: Architect, design, implement, modify, verify, and evaluate FPGA designs and schematics. Translate PI experiment requirements into functional FPGA designs using VHDL, PDL.
  • (10%) High Performance Computing (HPC): Work with HPC cluster packages and schedulers such as OpenHPC, Slurm, Torque, Grid Engine, etc. to guide in MPI and parallel computing/scaling, Implement techniques for efficient management and computation on large datasets and optimize scientific compute workflows.
  • (10%) Hardware Design: Design and develop modular, reusable, and scalable hardware architecture for all research groups with detail plans using Solidworks, Inventor, or similar.
  • (5%) Software Engineer: Planning and engineering of software solutions. Authoring, testing, deploying and maintaining customized software solutions.
  • (5%) Perform related duties as required.

  • PhD in Phyiscs or related field + 3-5 years experience in related area

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

  • Multi-language programming language and optimization.
  • Understanding of how Physics Analysis is performed on a large experiment.

  • Experience in (or willingness to learn) techniques for high-speed digitization (on the scale of 5 Gsamples/s).
  • Experience in related problems of recording data at high-speeds (on the scale of 1 GB/s) and dealing with large data samples (on the scale of 10-100 TB).
  • Experience in (or willingness to learn) ASIC development, FPGA design.
  • Professional training in hardware or software design.

    Application Process:  
    The application process may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.


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Postdoctoral Scholar - Axion Dark-Matter eXperiment (ADMX)

Postdoctoral Scholar - Axion Dark-Matter eXperiment (ADMX)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral scholar appointment with the Axion Dark-Matter
eXperiment (ADMX). The position is full-time, 12-month (one-year) appointment, which may
be extended, subject to funding and mutual agreement. The Postdoctoral Scholar title is limited
to five years, including postdoctoral experience(s) at UW and other institutions. Funding for this
position is expected to continue through the duration of the current phase of ADMX, 3 or more
years, or until the 5 year limit on postdoctoral scholar positions is reached.
ADMX, a RF-cavity search for axion dark matter in our galactic halo sited at the University of
Washington, is a flagship DOE “Generation 2” dark-matter search. It is in operation after an
extensive upgrade to ultra-low noise JPA microwave amplification and 3-He cooling.
Our group’s technical interests include spectral signal estimation, development of cryogenic and
vacuum instrumentation, and research on microwave resonators and quantum-limited low-noise
microwave electronics. The successful applicant will share our group’s interest in experimental
cosmology, broadly considered, and our interest in challenging measurements. In collaboration
with other ADMX institutions, tasks include operation of the detector, upgrades to the cryogenic
and vacuum systems, data analysis and development of detector technology for next-generation axion searches.
Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining
agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the
University of Washington Labor Relations website.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related
field at the time of hire.

Application Instructions
To apply or for more information please contact Professor Gray Rybka ( grybka@uw.edu )

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information
Under Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit https://www.washington.edu/coronavirus/vaccination-requirement.