Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Post Doctoral Fellow within the CUTE/SuperCDMS Project

Posted: January 28, 2019
Start Date: The position is expected to start at beginning of March 2019.
Application Deadline:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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 Dark Matter searches in previously unexplored WIMP mass ranges.

The research group of Gilles Gerbier (Canada Excellence Research Chair in particle astrophysics) at Queen’s University seeks a highly motivated applicant for a postdoctoral research position within the CUTE/SuperCDMS project. The Cryogenic Underground Test (CUTE) facility is currently under the final stage of construction at SNOLAB, aiming to test the performances of the cryogenic detectors of the Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (SuperCDMS) experiment. The CUTE facility is designed for an expected background rate less than ~3 events/(keV kg d) at the energies below 2 keV. This expected level of background will allow any required calibrations and functionality tests to be performed, but also to measure the cosmogenic activation of the detector target material. It should allow, as well to improve, the sensitivity to very low mass WIMPs, taking advantage of the low energy threshold in the new SuperCDMS detectors. The CUTE facility is also open to low background measurements for innovative cryogenic detectors in other areas of rare event searches, like double beta decay, rare nuclear decays…

General Job Information

This appointment is for 2 years, subject to availability of continued funding and satisfactory performance. Successful applicants should have:

  • PhD in particle or nuclear physics, particle detection instrumentation or a related field;
  • No less than 2 years’ experience in the construction and commissioning of detectors in a low-background environment;
  • Experience in cryogenic technique;
  • Be familiar with different particle detection methods and approaches;
  • Be ready to travel frequently to SNOLAB and work in underground site;
  • Experience with programming and physics analysis
  • Experience in GEANT4 simulation
  • Proven ability to research independently and as well as part of a team
  • Given the requirement of on-site work, possession of a valid driver’s license is preferred

The successful candidate will participate in the installation, commissioning and operations of the CUTE facility at SNOLAB, in tests and characterizations runs of different types of cryogenic detectors, in data taking, as well as in data analysis and detector development.

The position will be based at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, Canada, but some travel to collaborate and participate in activities associated with the CUTE facility and SuperCDMS experiments, as well as to participate in conferences, should be expected.

The Queen’s University SNOLAB group is one of the strongest astroparticle physics groups in Canada, with Nobel Prize winner Art McDonald, and is the location of the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute, a partnership between 13 universities and research institutes, and works to unite researchers, theoreticians and technical experts within one organization.(https://mcdonaldinstitute.ca).

Required Documentation

Applicants should submit to Julie McDonald, Research Administrator (jmm27@queensu.ca):

  • Cover letter
  • Statement of research interests and experience
  • CV with list of publications
  • 3 Letters of Reference

For more information, contact: Gilles Gerbier (gg45@queensu.ca) or Julie McDonald (jmm27@queensu.ca)

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.