CENPA Postdoctoral Position in Fundamental Symmetries and Neutrinos

Job Description: 

The University of Washington Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA) has two openings for Postdoctoral Scholars to work on the LEGEND and He6-CRES experiments.

LEGEND is one of the leading experiments searching for neutrinoless double-beta decay. Its first phase, LEGEND-200, is under construction at Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy, and will be taking data in 2022. UW leads the LEGEND data analysis and also performs detector R&D with local test stands. A new Postdoctoral Scholar will be in an excellent position to participate in the initial LEGEND-200 data taking and analysis, as well as contribute to the planning for LEGEND’s ton-scale phase, LEGEND-1000, and the development of additional physics opportunities offered by this unique experiment.

He6-CRES is an experiment to search for scalar and tensor currents by measuring beta spectra from 6He, 19Ne, and 14O, using the CRES technique for determining beta energies via measurement of their cyclotron radiation in a magnetic field. The decay nuclei are produced using our local accelerator. The goal is to achieve record sensitivity for Beyond-Standard-Model weak currents and to develop applications of the CRES technique for nuclear physics.

CENPA is a fertile environment for experimental nuclear physics, with active participation in KATRIN, Project8, Selena, DAMIC, COHERENT, Muon g-2, MuSun, PIONEER, ADMX, searches for deviations of the laws of gravity, and other experiments.

The initial appointment is for one year, expected to be renewed on a yearly basis for up to three years, subject to funding and mutual agreement. The preferred start date would be in the Winter or Spring 2022. The Postdoctoral Scholar title is limited to five years, including postdoctoral experience(s) at UW and other institutions.

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.


We seek creative, conscientious, and highly motivated applicants, with preference for those having previous experience in one or more of the following topics: neutrinoless double-beta decay searches, neutrino or dark matter detection experiments, low radioactive background techniques, software development in python/numpy/scipy/numba and C++, particle physics Monte Carlo simulations, data analysis, statistical analysis, radiofrequency electronics, digitization, and fast-data acquisition.

Applicants are required to have obtained or have completed all requirements for the degree of Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in nuclear physics, particle physics, astronomy, or a related field within the last 3 years and before the start of the appointment.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, bibliography, a statement summarizing research achievements and interests, and three letters of reference by email to Profs. Jason Detwiler (jasondet@uw.edu) and Alejandro Garcia (agarcia3@uw.edu). Please contact Profs. Detwiler and Garcia with any questions about the application requirements. Earlier submissions will be given priority. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The position will remain open until filled.

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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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