Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in particle physics with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Purdue University. The successful applicant will work with faculty and students in the particle physics group contributing to the development, commissioning, and initial operation of the Mu2e experiment at Fermilab. The Mu2e experiment will search for the direct conversion of a negatively charged muon to an electron within the electric field of an aluminum nucleus. This reaction is sensitive to a very broad range of physics beyond the Standard Model and Mu2e will have 10,000 times the sensitivity of current experiments. This sensitivity is achieved using the unique time structure of a pulsed proton beam which allows efficient discrimination between signal events and beam-induced backgrounds. The responsibilities of this position include data analysis, detector instrumentation, and experimental operations, and the successful candidate must have an interest in all these areas.
Purdue is responsible for the target extinction monitor and its associated data acquisition systems. This system monitors the full time-structure of the proton beam arriving at the muon production target and needs to continuously place limits on out-of-time protons arriving on target with a relative precision of 10-10 over periods of a few hours. This is accomplished using a tracking detector consisting of eight planes of pixel sensors that allow the tracking of a subset of particles produced at the muon production target. Purdue contributes to the mechanical design of this system but is primarily responsible for the readout electronics, data acquisition system, and online track reconstruction.
Candidates must have completed a PhD in particle physics or nuclear physics prior to beginning employment. The particle physics group is active in a variety of investigations of both standard model and beyond the standard model physics through their collaborations with the CMS detector at CERN, the XENON 1T experiment at Gran Sasso, and the STAR experiment at Brookhaven. Facilities at Purdue include a laboratory for silicon detector R&D and a Tier-2 analysis facility for CMS data analysis. The postdoctoral fellowship is for one year, with renewal for an additional two years contingent on performance. The application deadline is June 30, 2018 but applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled. To apply, please send a CV, statement of research, and have three letters of recommendation sent to email@example.com – e-mail submission is preferred. Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.
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