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Postdoctoral Scholar - Experimental Astroparticle and Nuclear Physics (DAMIC-M)

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Physics

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Experimental Astroparticle and Nuclear Physics (DAMIC-M)

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Position Description

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in the areas of experimental astroparticle and nuclear physics in the Physics Department at the University of Washington (UW).

The UW is the lead institution in the construction of the DAMIC-M detector, which will search for light dark matter particles with unprecedented sensitivity. DAMIC-M consists of a large array of skipper CCDs with single-electron resolution to be deployed in the low background environment of the Modane Underground Laboratory (LSM) in France. The DAMIC program also includes smaller prototype detectors that will begin taking data underground by the end of 2021.

We seek a creative, conscientious, and highly motivated candidate to spearhead the activities in the construction and commissioning of DAMIC-M. In addition, the appointee will have the opportunity to participate in the data analysis of the prototype detectors, and the R&D program at the UW to develop next-generation skipper CCD detectors (Oscura) and CMOS/selenium detectors for neutrino physics (Selena). The postdoctoral position will be based in Seattle within the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA), which provides world-class engineering and technical support.

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.



Previous experience in one or more of the following topics is preferred: direct dark matter search experiments, neutrino experiments, low radioactive background techniques, microfabrication, silicon detectors, CCD/CMOS imaging sensors, solid-state device simulations, particle physics Monte Carlo simulations and data/image analysis.

Applicants are required to have obtained or have completed all requirements for the degree of Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Physics, Astrophysics, or a related field before the start of the appointment.


Cover letters should be addressed to Prof. Alvaro E Chavarria. Applicants must provide a cover letter, CV, bibliography, a statement summarizing research achievements and interests, a one page statement describing the applicant's experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and three letters of reference. Please contact Prof. Chavarria ( 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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