[Cugapost] Job opening: Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Connecticut (Experimental Nuclear Physics)

Lorelei Chopard lorelei at jlab.org
Tue Feb 23 10:18:45 EST 2016


*Field of Interest: *hep-ex, hep-ph, nucl-ex, physics.ins-det
*Deadline: *2016-04-22
*Region: *North America

*Job description: *

The Nuclear and Hadronic Physics Group at the University of Connecticut 
is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to support our experimental 
nuclear physics program in Hall A at the Thomas Jefferson National 
Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab or JLab), led by professor Andrew 
Puckett. The research in Hall A is focused on studies of nucleon 
structure via medium-energy electron scattering using JLab’s recently 
upgraded 11 GeV electron beam, with an emphasis on measurements of 
nucleon electromagnetic form factors at large momentum transfers and 
studies of the nucleon’s three-dimensional spin structure via 
measurements of target single-spin asymmetries (SSAs) in Semi-Inclusive 
Deep-Inelastic Scattering (SIDIS). The group is involved in the 
construction of the Super BigBite Spectrometer (SBS), designed to detect 
high-energy particles at forward scattering angles with large acceptance 
at the highest luminosities achievable at JLab.

There are presently four approved experiments that will use the SBS, 
representing 180 approved beam-days in Hall A. The group is responsible 
for the Ring-Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detector that will be used for 
particle identification in SBS and is the lead developer and maintainer 
of the GEANT4-based Monte Carlo simulation package for all four SBS 
experiments. The successful candidate will be expected to play a lead 
role in the testing, preparation, installation, checkout and operation 
of the RICH, make significant contributions to the development of data 
acquisition, event reconstruction and analysis software for all four 
experiments, and play a lead role in the installation, commissioning and 
execution of the SBS physics program. The associate will be stationed at 
Jefferson Lab, making periodic visits to UConn as required by the 
research efforts of the group, and will help supervise the efforts of 
graduate students from the group stationed at JLab.

*Minimum Qualifications*: A Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in 
experimental nuclear, particle, or high-energy physics (or closely 
related field) before the anticipated start date. Excellent written and 
verbal communication and presentation skills as demonstrated by 
scientific publications in major refereed journals, conference 
presentations, etc. General knowledge of nuclear and particle physics.

*Preferred Qualifications*: Experience/expertise in the following areas 
is strongly desired: Physics of medium-energy fixed-target 
electron-nucleus scattering; particle detectors (especially threshold 
and imaging Cherenkov detectors); analog and digital electronics and 
data acquisition systems for experimental nuclear/particle physics; C++ 
programming; Monte Carlo simulation; processing and analysis of large 
nuclear/particle physics data sets including modern statistical methods 
as applied to such analyses; familiarity with software libraries such as 
ROOT and GEANT4 used in particle physics data analysis and simulation; 
knowledge of event reconstruction algorithms for particle and nuclear 
physics detectors.

*Appointment Terms: *This position has an anticipated start date of July 
15, 2016 and is for an initial duration of one year, renewable for up to 
two additional years (three years total), contingent on satisfactory 
performance, mutual agreement and availability of funds.

*To Apply:* Please submit a cover letter, CV, and statement of research 
interests via UConn Jobs (http://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, select "Staff 
positions", search #2016412). Additionally, please arrange for three 
letters of recommendation to be sent to Andrew Puckett at 
andrew.puckett at uconn.edu <mailto:andrew.puckett at uconn.edu>.  Questions 
or requests for further information about the position should be 
directed to Dr. Andrew Puckett 
(<mailto:andrew.puckett at uconn.edu>andrew.puckett at uconn.edu). Evaluation 
of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position 
is filled. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the 
successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 
(Search #2016412).

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time 
on April 22, 2016.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which 
may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.


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