Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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

Postdoctoral Fellow with Queen's CUTE Experiment

Application Deadline:  WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow 

Supervisor and Academic Unit: Dr. Gilles Gerbier, Physics-SNOLAB Group

Where: Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Job Summary

Queen’s University has been awarded a Canada Excellence Research Chair position in Particle Astrophysics. One of the experiments associated with this position is an underground cryogenic facility in support of the SuperCDMS experiment. SuperCDMS is a large cryogenic dark matter experiment that will search for low mass WIMP at SNOLAB.

The experiment (CUTE, Cryogenic Underground Test Facility) is composed of a dilution refrigerator with shields, into which a single detector tower can be placed and tested before being installed in the main SuperCDMS set-up. CUTE is to be installed in SNOLAB in 2017 and is specifically being set up as a test facility for SuperCDMS. The successful candidate would be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the dilution refrigerator. Initially, the position would be located at Queen’s University in order to test the operation of the dilution refrigerator. Upon installation of the test facility in SNOLAB, the successful candidate would ideally relocate to Sudbury in order to maintain and operate the facility and participate in R&D on very low energy threshold cryogenic detectors. The successful candidate will become a full member of the SuperCDMS collaboration.

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 lead of the CPARC project (Center for Particle Astrophysics Research of Canada) which will engage a new group of faculty members and research scientists in the field.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare the operational phase for the CUTE experiment
  • Validation of the installation (cryogenics, background estimation, detector sensitivity)
  • Identification of the limiting factors of the experiment and proposal for improvement
  • Ensure proper operation of dilution refrigerator and components once installed at SNOLAB
  • Organization of the test campaigns on CUTE
  • Responsible for the Quality Plan application (documentation/training/non-conformance reporting)
  • Participate in the R&D program, data analysis and scientific results

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in physics, preferably in solid state, nuclear physics or astroparticle physics
  • Previous experience in a low temperature facility, ideally with a dilution refrigerator
  • Practical knowledge of high sensitivity electronics
  • Ability to clearly document your activity

Special Skills

  • Proven ability to research independently and as part of a group
  • Autonomy, pro-active
  • Ability to speak French would be considered an asset

Required Documentation:

Cover Letter, CV, 2 references
NOTE: Letters of recommendations should be sent directly from the official email of the referee.

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.