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Postdoctoral Associate

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

Job Description

The Center for Neutrino Physics at Virginia Tech invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position. The Virginia Tech group lead by Prof. Mariani and Prof. Pitts is involved in the protoDUNE experiment at CERN, DUNE and SBND at Fermilab and on the e-Ar electron scattering experiment at Jefferson Lab. The group is involved in protoDUNE and SBND calibration and data analysis. In DUNE the group is involved in the slow control for the far detectors. The successful candidate will work on both the slow monitor development and on data analysis. The group is performing several measurements related to neutrino and electron scattering on argon. Work will involve collaborating with leading experimentalists and theorists in the field in developing and validating nuclear models for neutrino interaction Monte Carlo generators. Duties may also include supervising and coordinating the work of other researchers and personnel, especially graduate and undergraduate students, and develop new analysis effort in the DUNE experiment. The successful candidate should be able to travel internationally and is expected to work for extended period of time at Fermilab and CERN. Primary location is negotiable.

Required Qualifications

- Ph.D. in experimental particle or nuclear physics. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
- Strong communication skills that are reinforced by active listening skills
- Advanced knowledge of the principles of physics
- Advanced knowledge of the methods and techniques used in research in experimental physics
- Advanced ability to evaluate and report objectively on research results
- Ability to communicate research results effectively at professional meetings and conferences

Preferred Qualifications

- Experience in neutrino/electron scattering analysis and simulation
- Ability to work under limited supervision
- Experience working in large international scientific collaborations


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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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