[Cugapost] UVa Spin Physics Research Scientist

Lorelei Carlson lorelei at jlab.org
Mon Jun 29 09:16:12 EDT 2020


Job Title: Spin Physics Research Scientist
The Spin Physics Group at the University of Virginia has an immediate opening for a physicist in a Research Scientist role. Join our team and contribute to our innovative physics program working in spin phenomena in particle and nuclear physics, solid-state spin and polarized target technology, 3D structure of the nucleon, physics beyond the standard model, and future facilities and experiments.

We invite applications from creative researchers with Spin Physics expertise to play a leading role in our research effort. Our group currently has three senior members, two post-doctoral research associates, and a team of students. The successful candidate will join our efforts at Fermilab on the SpinQuest experiment. We also have projects in all experimental Halls at Jefferson Lab and are also involved in future projects at CERN and the EIC. The successful candidate can also participate in our collaboration with the UVA Data Science Institute and the Center for Nuclear Femtography in the pursuit of optimized information extraction and modeling using machine learning tools. The researcher will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with experimental and theoretical support from around the world as well as locally at UVA and Fermilab to develop new projects, proposals and publications. In addition, the researcher will take on a senior role in our laboratory at UVA. They will help train graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of dynamic nuclear polarization and polarized target instrumentation as well as data acquisition and analysis.

The UVA Spin Physics group performs cutting-edge research in cryogenic polarized target systems at the intersection of low temperature solid-state and nuclear/particle physics. We are taking a central role in the upcoming SpinQuest experiment which uses the Fermilab 120 GeV proton beam on a polarized target to measure the Sivers Function from the Drell-Yan process. The candidate would likely be expected to initially station at Fermilab with some travel to UVA and Jefferson Lab, however, due to COVID-19 this arrangement in the early stage is highly flexible.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in experimental or theoretical nuclear, particle or high-energy physics (or closely related field) with no less than two years of postdoctoral experience. Experience at Fermilab and with Drell-Yan experiments and analysis is strongly favored. Significant expertise in more than one of the following areas is required: Nuclear/High-Energy Spin Physics; advanced machine learning and statistical analysis techniques; cryogenics and polarization technologies, RF-electronics, high-performance computing and scientific software development using GEANT4, TensorFlow, or LabView.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and attach the following items as a single complied PDF in the "Resume" field.

  *   A cover letter that explains why you are interested in joining the UVA Spin Physics group in this unique position, how the position fits into your career goals, and a brief summary of your relevant research experience (max. 2 pages).
  *   Curriculum vitae
  *   Contact information for three (3) references if not already included in the CV. Listing them here represents permission to contact them unless you specify otherwise in your cover letter.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on July 24, 2020, and the position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment that may be renewed contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. This is not a postdoctoral position, but a professional research position, with potential for long term employment if mutually satisfactory.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Dustin Keller, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor, at dustin at virginia.edu<mailto:dustin at virginia.edu>.

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j at virginia.edu<mailto:rkh6j at virginia.edu>.

For more information on the benefits available to research scientists at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and hr.virginia.edu/benefits

The historic University of Virginia is consistently ranked one of the top 3 public universities in the country by US News and World Report, with a vibrant research enterprise that support cross-disciplinary scholarship. We are located in beautiful Charlottesville, VA, near the Blue Ridge mountains, with a strong cultural and restaurant scene and college town energy. Travel to Washington, DC in just two hours, or the Atlantic ocean in three.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician's Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.
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