University of Alberta

Research Associate - Astroparticle Physics at SNOLAB

SCI Physics

Competition No.  -    A107834500
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The position will be based at the University of Alberta and will involve travel to the SNOLAB facility in Sudbury (see

The particle astrophysics group at the University of Alberta (see has an opening for one Research Associate on the PICO experiment. The successful candidate will join our activities at SNOLAB involved in dark matter searches with the PICO experiment. The PICO experiment is the result of the merger of the PICASSO and COUPP collaborations. PICO builds operates large-scale, super-heated dark matter detectors at SNOLAB and currently has the world’s most sensitive detector for spin dependent dark matter search.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Designing, modelling, building, testing and commissioning ultra-low-background detectors
  • Developing software for Monte Carlo simulations and data analysis
  • Supervising graduate and undergraduate students
  • Choosing components for the research to be performed
  • Writing scientific specification documentation for purchases
  • Writing scientific publications
  • Reviewing scientific writing from group members and other collaboration members
  • Leading scientific working groups within the PICO collaboration
  • Supervising the installation and production of parts for the PICO 500 experiment
  • Interacting with SNOLAB personnel and project manager to implement to project schedule for the PICO 500 project
  • Overseeing the operation of the PICO 40L detector at SNOLAB


  • A recent PhD in experimental particle astrophysics, nuclear or particle physics
  • Minimum 2 years of experience as a postdoctoral researcher
  • Demonstrated competency operating a fast DAQ system
  • Demonstrated competency with optical real time data analysis
  • Strong quantitative research skills in statistical data analysis
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work in an underground mine environment
  • Valid Class 5 Driver's License
  • Experience in the field of direct dark matter searches and data acquisition systems is an asset

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff agreement, this position is a temporary appointment of two years and offers an annual salary between  $58,210  to $65,490 per annum, along with a comprehensive benefits package found at

To apply, please:

1) Use the APPLY ONLINE button below to submit a detailed CV and a brief statement of research interests. 

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

2) Arrange for at least 2 referees to email confidential reference letters to Prof. Carsten B. Krauss at:, referencing Subject:  Research Associate in Astroparticle Physics Competition
The review of applications will begin on January 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.