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Post-Doctoral Associate - Neutrino Research (Wilking)

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis
Posted on: April 3, 2024

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID357861
LocationTwin Cities
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Job Code9546
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About the Job

Research Description
The University of Minnesota Neutrino Group has an opening for a Postdoctoral Associate position. Qualified Candidates are encouraged to apply.

The UMN Neutrino Group participates in a variety of experiments, including DUNE, T2K/Super-K, NOvA, and the Fermilab short baseline program. The group currently plays a leading role in the novel DUNE-PRISM oscillation analysis and associated detector movement system hardware, and is also heavily involved in DUNE far detector construction and analysis, including the development of machine learning techniques to translate near detector events to the far detector while accounting for detector systematic uncertainties. In the current generation of experiments, the UMN group plays a leading role in the joint fit of T2K beam neutrinos and Super-K atmospheric neutrinos, with first results set to be released later this year.

Opportunities also exist to participate in future detectors that may be located in the DUNE far detector hall. The UMN group is participating in the development of an integrated photon detector + field cage (APEX) for far detector 3, and the group is leading the long-baseline analysis for a potential water-based liquid scintillator far detector 4 (Theia).

The successful applicant is expected to participate in a variety of hardware, software and physics analysis activities with a considerable amount of freedom in choosing research topics. It is anticipated that the position will be based at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus with travel to various locations required for research, including Fermilab, CERN, and J-PARC/Kamioka. Inquiries should be sent to Prof. Michael Wilking (wilking@umn.edu) . The initial application deadline is October 27th, however late applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Job Duties

Primary duties include the following:
70%: Research, divided between DUNE, T2K, and Super-K.

10% Supervision of graduate students and/or undergraduates participating in relevant research.

10%: Communicating research to the broader community by writing papers, submitting them for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Giving presentations at universities and laboratories and presenting results at domestic and international conferences.

10% Other duties of a similar scope as assigned.

PhD in Physics or a related field

Experience with the design and construction of high energy or nuclear physics detectors. Experience analyzing data from high energy or nuclear physics experiments. Familiarity with Monte Carlo simulations.

About the Department

See more about the School of Physics and Astronomy: https://cse.umn.edu/physics

Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
  • with free or reduced rates in the Twin Cities metro areaPlease visit the for more information regarding benefits.
    How To Apply

    The position is open effective immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please provide:
    A cover letter explaining why you are interested and qualified for the position Curriculum vitae including recent publications and experimental and analysis skills A statement of research experience and interests Names and complete contact information for three references.Additionally, have three letters of reference sent by email to
    Professor Michael Wilking
    School of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Minnesota
    116 Church Street SE
    Minneapolis MN 55455
    wilking@umn.edu Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:
    Employment Requirements

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.
    About the U of M

    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.At the University of Minnesota, we are proud to be recognized by the Star Tribune as a Top Workplace for 2021, as well as by Forbes as Best Employers for Women and one of America's Best Employers (2015, 2018, 2019, 2023), Best Employer for Diversity (2019, 2020), Best Employer for New Grads (2018, 2019), and Best Employer by State (2019, 2022).

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