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Jr Specialist/Asst Specialist-Experimental Particle Physics

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 1st, 2019
Last review date: Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The specialist will work on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, of which UC Davis is an institutional member. This is one of the premier particle physics experiments worldwide. This work, funded via Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory via the DOE, is of central importance for the design of the next-generation CMS semiconductor tracking detector for use in the upcoming High-Luminosity (HL-LHC) era.

The specialist will participate and lead activities in Prof. Chertok’s particle experiment detector mechanics lab in the Physics Department. The hire will fabricate and test structures composed of layers of novel materials such as carbon fiber, carbon foam, and aluminum nitride, bonded with high-conductivity epoxies. Thermal conductivity, tensile strength, and radiation damage testing will be performed, and the results analyzed and presented to a wider audience, including collaborators at Fermilab and elsewhere. The specialist will prepare and test loaded epoxy samples to improve thermal performance of these structures. The specialist will mentor the work performed by UC Davis undergraduates, and work with other personnel including technicians and engineers.

Major Responsibilities and Designated Areas of Expertise

I. Research in Specialized Areas (90%) **
Prepare and test particle tracking detector mechanics structures for thermal, tensile, and radiation tolerance performance. In collaboration with senior group members, mentor lab activities of undergraduate workers.

35% Analyze results of this testing and work with colleagues to devise improvements.

15% Participate in weekly group meetings where the research is discussed. Write journal articles and/or prepare posters for presentation as appropriate in collaboration with the P.I.

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)

5% Participate in appropriate research and educational activities fostering collaboration with other members of the group. Give a presentation at a national or regional conference in particle physics.

III. University and Public Service (5%)
5% Provide mentorship for undergraduate students working in the laboratory.

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)