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Postdoctoral Position in Neutrino Physics and Detector Development at University of California, Davis

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 27th, 2020

Next review date: Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 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 Neutrino and Dark Matter group at the University of California (UC), Davis invites applications for a postdoctoral position with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2020. A Ph.D. in experimental particle physics or nuclear physics is required.

The successful candidate will join our effort on the Accelerator Neutrino Neutron Interaction Experiment (ANNIE), which is now at the start of physics data-taking at Fermilab. ANNIE will make some of the first precision measurements of the neutron multiplicity in neutrino and antineutrino interactions on water, while at the same time serving as a testbed for new technology, including picosecond photodetectors and novel target media such as water-based liquid scintillator. These developments are directed towards the realization of future large hybrid optical detectors (e.g. Theia) which will exploit time and chromatic separation of Cherenkov and scintillation light to achieve unprecedented sensitivity for neutrino interactions over a broad energy range. Thus, the person in this position will have a unique opportunity: they can take advantage of having new and exciting data to analyze from a brand-new experiment (ANNIE) while also taking a leading role in developing cutting edge technology for the next generation of large detectors. Thus, experience in both hardware and software is preferred, plus the ability to quickly learn new material and techniques from areas outside “classical” particle physics (e.g. organic chemistry, nuclear physics, molecular and optical physics) is also a plus.

The UC Davis Neutrino and Dark Matter Group currently consists of four professors, four postdocs, and five graduate students. In addition to ANNIE, we are involved in DUNE, LUX/LZ, DarkSide, and Theia. We have excellent shop facilities, a fully-outfitted chemistry laboratory, a 1.5 MW TRIGA reactor, and a 67 MeV cyclotron with variable energy proton and neutron beams for use in detector development. Our proximity to LBL, SLAC, and LLNL also allows for collaborative projects, plus frequent and convenient access to national lab facilities.

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Job location

Davis, CA; Fermilab


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - Statement of research interests and experience

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

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

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required