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Postdoctoral Associate/Senior Research Associate in Experimental Nuclear Physics

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Physics
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral associate or senior research associate position in experimental nuclear physics in the group of Prof. Mark Pitt at Virginia Tech. The primary responsibility of the successful candidate will be to make important contributions to the development of the MOLLER project at Jefferson Laboratory. The MOLLER experiment is a parity-violating electron scattering experiment in preparation for Hall A at Jefferson Laboratory. Its goal is to search for physics beyond the Standard Model at the TeV scale. The work will involve simulation, design, construction, and testing of hardware for the experiment and planning for the execution of the experiment. Duties may also include supervising and coordinating the work of other researchers and personnel, especially graduate and undergraduate students. 

The position is for one year initially, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years, contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.  The position will preferably be based at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, but being based at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, VA can also be considered.  Travel between Virginia Tech and Jefferson Lab will be required.  Inquires regarding the position can be directed to: Prof. Mark Pitt (

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021.  The nominal start date is March 15, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled.

Based on the credentials of the successful candidate, the offer rank may be at either postdoctoral associate or senior research associate.

Required Qualifications

Postdoctoral associate applicants must have a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear or particle physics or a closely related field by the appointment start date. Ph.D. must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year of eligibility remaining.

Senior research associate applicants must have a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear or particle physics or a closely related field and prior postdoctoral experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in any of the following areas is an advantage: software and hardware development in accelerator-based experiments, C++, GEANT4 and related CERN library tools.


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The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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