Physics - Postdoctoral Fellow (DEAP Experiment)


Location: British Columbia
Date posted: 2013-01-25

POSTDOC - DEAP Experiment
Comp. #360

Located in Vancouver on the south campus of the University of British Columbia, TRIUMF is Canada's national research facility for particle and nuclear physics. We are seeking a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Fellow (PDF) to join our research team working on the DEAP experiment. DEAP is a dark matter search experiment Located at SNOLAB in Sudbury, Ontario. It will be commissioned early 2014 and is expected to rapidly achieve unprecedented sensitivity to Weakly Interacting Massive Particle spin independent interactions.

TRIUMF is responsible for the trigger and readout electronics system which will be installed at SNOLAB in February-March 2013 and commissioned until 2014. Commissioning will mostly involve developing trigger firmware and data acquisition and online monitoring software. The algorithms running in the online electronics system will be validated by simulations in 2013 and tuned with real data in 2014. The TRIUMF group is expected to play a leading role in assessing DEAP background rejection capabilities as the online system must sort through a large number of background events.

As the successful candidate, you will be expected to strengthen TRIUMF activities in astro-particle physics and to take a leading role in commissioning DEAP electronics system. Specifically, you will be in charge of the DEAP trigger system, maintaining the hardware, software and firmware. You will assess the trigger performance by running simulations and analyzing data and ensure optimum rejection of 39Ar events without compromising the dark matter rejection. In addition you will adapt the trigger system to handle unexpected backgrounds and respond to requests from the calibration group to develop specific trigger, contribute to the commissioning of the complete electronics system, help develop online monitoring tools, maintain the DEAP analysis and simulation software at TRIUMF and drive the DEAP data analysis effort at TRIUMF.

Our ideal candidate is an effective team player who has a Ph.D. in astro-particle, particle, or nuclear physics and has extensive knowledge of radiation measurement and operation of radiation detectors. Some knowledge of FPGA's, firmware and software development will be an asset.

This position is being offered initially for a 12 month term, renewable for a 2nd and possibly 3rd year, based on project demands, funding and mutual satisfaction. TRIUMF is a unique place to work and this is an excellent opportunity to further enhance your career portfolio in a world class national research facility. You won't want to miss this chance to be a team contributor on this high profile project. Apply now.

Closing date for applications is February 22, 2013

We invite qualified candidates to submit an application package which will include the following: Employment Application Form; a cover letter quoting competition #360 and salary expectations; CV; 3 letters of reference; and send to: All documents must be submitted in one of the following formats: PDF (preferred); Plain Text; Microsoft Word.


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