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Postdoctoral Scholar Researcher Position in Quantum Precision Measurements at the University of California, Davis

Position overview

Salary range: Salary range: The posted UC salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment.
See Table 23: Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee, Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct, Fiscal Year ( The salary range for this position is $64,480 - $66,868. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

Application Window

Open date: April 15, 2024

Most recent review date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 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: Saturday, Feb 15, 2025 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.

Position description

The physics and astronomy department at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in quantum precision measurements. The group specializes in instrumentation for precision measurements for ultralight dark matter and gravitational wave searches.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Aggarwal and is expected to play a leading role in development of a new tabletop radio-frequency gravitational wave detector. This gravitational wave detector is a Fabry-Perot Michelson interferometer combined with optical trapping of a micro-disk in each of the arm cavities. The work will be in close collaboration with the detector team at Northwestern University in Prof. Andrew Geraci’s group. As such, there might be opportunities or requirements for traveling to Chicago depending on the experiment requirements. The two detectors will be run jointly.

Prof. Aggarwal is also involved in a search for short-range spin-dependent forces mediated by the QCD axion through the ARIADNE experiment. The group will be building a precision magnetometry facility at UC Davis as well as developing the analysis pipeline for both backgrounds and signals analysis in ARIADNE. Additionally, the group is involved in the LIGO collaboration, primarily focusing on searching for dark matter using LIGO.

A Ph.D. in physics or a related field at the time of appointment is required. The appointment is initially for two years and renewable annually, subject to mutual satisfaction.

The position is open immediately and will remain open until filled. Interested candidates can apply by sending a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests and experience, all in PDF format, and arrange to have at least three letters of reference sent to the Department of Physics & Astronomy at

All inquiries should be directed to


  1. Apply online here:
  2. Submit your application, including a Cover Letter, Statement of Research, DEI Statement, and Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications, and
  3. Arrange to have three Reference Letters sent via application link or to:



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in Physics or related area(s) prior to beginning employment.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

Experience with various aspects of interferometry, precision measurements, instrumentation, precision measurements, and new physics searches.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - Please note: This is a 4-page limit document and should include your 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. Maximum 2 pages.

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 letters of reference required

2-4 letters of reference required

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Davis, CA