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Postdoctoral Researcher - Physics

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Institution SD School of Mines
Working Title Postdoctoral Researcher - Physics
Posting Number NFE00119P
Department SDSMT-Physics
Physical Location of Position (City) Rapid City
Posting Text

The Physics Department at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (South Dakota Mines) invites applications for a post-doctoral research scientist position with its Particle Physics and Astrophysics group. The successful applicant would work on the long-baseline neutrino experiments DUNE and/or NOvA, with the possibility also to work on dark matter experiments (LZ and/or SuperCDMS). South Dakota Mines is located less than an hour’s drive away from Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), home of the DUNE far detector, the LZ dark matter experiment, and the underground accelerator CASPAR, as well as the MAJORANA Demonstrator. A new extensive integration and test facility for DUNE is planned in Rapid City, just blocks away from campus. DUNE is the largest next generation long-baseline neutrino experiment and is currently under construction at SURF. The South Dakota Mines group is involved in radiological assays and simulation for DUNE (and LZ/SuperCDMS), calibrations and testing. NOvA is the operating flagship US long-baseline neutrino experiment with a neutrino beam directed from Fermilab to a far detector in northern Minnesota. The South Dakota Mines group is also involved in analysis of the large amount of data that is already being produced by NOvA, providing the successful candidate with opportunities for physics results on a short time scale. Starting date is potentially flexible, with start dates before August 31, 2018 preferred.

A PhD in high-energy physics or a related field is required.

South Dakota Mines has made a focus of underground physics experiments to increase our understanding of particle physics and the universe, with recent hires resulting in a group of five faculty collaborating on experiments on direct detection of dark matter, neutrino oscillations, cosmic neutrinos, and nuclear astrophysics, providing a rich environment for research in particle physics and cosmology.

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 96% placement rate and an average starting salary of nearly $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,800 students from 44 states and 30 countries. Rapid City is the state’s second, largest city (with an urban population of 74,048 and metropolitan population of 199,656) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: www.sdsmt.edu and http://visitrapidcity.com/.

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at http://www.sdsmt.edu/employment. Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin March 9, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

Posting Date 02/09/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 03/09/2018
Advertised Salary
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Work Hours

7:30am-4:30pm

Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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This position requires Travel, Overnight stays
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

South Dakota Mines has made a focus of underground physics experiments to increase our understanding of particle physics and the universe, with recent hires resulting in a group of five faculty collaborating on experiments on direct detection of dark matter, neutrino oscillations, cosmic neutrinos, and nuclear astrophysics, providing a rich environment for research in particle physics and cosmology.

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South Dakota Mines does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.

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