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Postdoctoral Scholar - Axion Dark-Matter eXperiment

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Physics

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Axion Dark-Matter eXperiment

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Position Description

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.

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 SQUID/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 axion searches.  Those with interest or experience in millikelvin refrigeration and the operation of dilution refrigerators are especially encouraged to apply.

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.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of future research interests, and three letters of reference. The  group values contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM fields, and to outreach; these can be described in the cover letter.

Applications received by January 21, 2021 will receive full consideration.  Questions may be directed to Professor Gray Rybka at


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