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Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Postdoctoral Fellow with NEWS (New Experiments with Spheres) Experiment

Application Deadline: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow 

Description of Area or Research Topic:  Particle Astrophysics

Supervisor: Prof. Gilles Gerbier, Physics—SNOLAB Group

Where: Department of Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Job Summary

Queen’s University has been awarded a Canada Excellence Research Chair position in particle astrophysics. This position was made to provide funding for a Dark Matter search in previously unexplored WIMP mass ranges. This experiment (NEWS, New Experiments with Spheres) will be performed with a spherical, gaseous detector comprised of low radioactivity materials, to be placed in SNOLAB in 2017. The successful candidate would be responsible for the operations of the test facility at Queen’s, as well as providing technical support for the main experiment at SNOLAB. Possible extension of responsibilities includes the overall running of the dark matter search program with NEWS at SNOLAB. Queen’s SNOLAB group is one of the strongest astroparticle physics group in Canada, with Nobel Prize winner Art Mc Donald, and is the lead of the CPARC project (the Center for Astroparticle Physics Research of Canada), leading to numerous openings of faculties and research scientists in the field.

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate Research and Development on spherical gaseous detectors in the Queen’s Prototype Laboratory of Gilles Gerbier. This assumes minimum acquaintance/familiarity with gas handling, high vacuum, HV systems
  • Develop and maintain technical procedures in the lab
  • Participate detector and analysis Working groups set up for the SNOLAB project
  • Perform data analysis
  • Supervise and train other team members on safety and lab procedures
  • Present scientific data and information to various stakeholders and the scientific community at large is a clear and relatable manner

Required Qualifications

Special Skills

  • Strong record of publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Knowledge of analog and digital electronics design and testing
  • Ability to convey complex scientific results and concepts in a clear way, both verbally and written
  • Organizational, planning and communication (both verbal and written) skills, in order to coordinate, supervise individuals and direct some of the work of the project. Demonstrated ability to cope with multiple demands and manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to speak French would be considered an asset

Education and Experience 

  • PhD in engineering physics, applied physics or a related field
  • Experience with programming and physics analysis
  • Proven ability to research independently and as part of a group
  • Proficiency in Python, C++, MatLab would be considered an asset

Required Documentation: Cover Letter, CV, 2 references

Application Procedure: Please apply by e-mail to Julie McDonald, Research Coordinator

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY: The University invites applications from all qualified candidates. Queen's is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

 All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs.

If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Julie McDonald.