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Postdoctoral Scholar - Axion Dark-Matter eXperiment (ADMX)

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Physics

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Axion Dark-Matter eXperiment (ADMX)

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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.  Funding for this position is expected to continue through the duration of the current phase of ADMX, 3 or more years, or until the 5 year limit on postdoctoral scholar positions is reached.

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.

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.


Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of future research interests, a statement describing the applicant's experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and three letters of reference.  Applications received by March 21, 2022, will receive full consideration.  Questions may be directed to Professor Gray Rybka at

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