Postdoctoral Fellowship in Experimental Astroparticle Physics (SNO+)

Faculty of Science - Physics Department

Competition No.  -    A107842815
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Experimental Astroparticle Physics (SNO+)

Field of Interest: astro-ph, hep-ex, nucl-ex
Experiment: SNO+
Deadline: 2020-09-14
Region: North America
University of Alberta

The experimental astroparticle physics group at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is seeking an excellent postdoctoral fellow to join our exciting research program in the SNO+ experiment.

The SNO+ experiment aims to establish the Majorana nature of the neutrino by searching for neutrinoless double beta decay using tellurium in liquid scintillator. SNO+ is currently being filled with liquid scintillator, with the tellurium-loaded phase coming shortly after. The current state of the detector is a great opportunity to understand the optical properties of the scintillator and characterize its purity and background levels. The UofA SNO+ group is heavily involved in analysis of these data, as well as key pieces of calibration hardware and is also exploring potential detector upgrades, such as photodetection technologies and loading of the scintillator. The potential candidate is expected to join data analysis activities and actively engage in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students.

The SNO+ group currently consists of three professors (Aksel Hallin, Carsten Krauss and Juan-Pablo Yáñez), three postdoctoral fellows and two graduate students. More graduate student positions are available and we are currently recruiting. Up to four undergraduate students regularly join our group for research terms.

Requirements and Salary

Candidates should have a recent PhD in experimental astroparticle physics, nuclear or particle physics, or in a closely related field. The original appointment will be for two years. Up to three years can be considered in special circumstances (subject to funding). The salary typically starts at $50,000 CAD per annum and it is adjusted based on qualifications and experience.

The fellowships will be based at the University of Alberta. The position may involve travel to SNOLAB (Sudbury, Ontario) where the experiment is located. Since SNOLAB cannot be reached by public transport a driver’s license is highly desirable. Travel to SNOLAB is currently on hold due to the impact of the pandemic, but as case numbers drop, we expect the Alberta SNO+ team to support operations on site.

Experience in the field of neutrino astroparticle physics and/or dark matter searches or related experiments is an asset.

 Physics at the University of Alberta

The UofA is home of a large astroparticle physics group with access to extensive in-house technical infrastructure and expertise. Group members also benefit from interaction with researchers in related fields, such as PICO, DEAP-3600, DarkSide and IceCube, where UofA groups have significant involvement.

For more information on Astroparticle Physics at the UofA:

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Applications and Questions

Applicants should include a detailed CV, a brief statement of research interests, and arrange to have at least two letters of reference sent to Prof. Juan-Pablo Yañez ( Please contact Prof. Yáñez for any questions regarding this position.

Closing Date

Application review will begin on September 14, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank all applicants for their time and effort but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be considered for future vacancies.

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.


How to Apply

Apply Online

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