Post-Doctoral Researcher

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution SD School of Mines
Working Title Post-Doctoral Researcher
Posting Number NFE00091P
Department SDSMT-Physics 1
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 Experimental Dark Matter group. The successful applicant would work on the direct dark matter searches, LZ and/or SuperCDMS. SuperCDMS uses novel low-temperature detectors that provide even lower energy thresholds and better separation of possible dark matter interactions from backgrounds than those used in CDMS II, resulting in unique sensitivity to low-mass WIMPs. The LZ experiment will build on the success of the LUX experiment by providing world-leading sensitivity for all but the lowest WIMP masses. The SD Mines group is responsible for radon-mitigation systems and radon-emanation measurements for both SuperCDMS and LZ, and for additional low-background screening of materials during experiment assembly. The successful candidate will play a major role in the construction, testing, simulation, and analysis of one or both of the dark-matter experiments, and will help lead the construction and commissioning of more sensitive detectors for radioactive surface contamination and radon emanation, with applications to rare-event searches including dark matter and neutrino physics. Opportunities also exist to contribute to DUNE, NOvA, and IceCube. Starting date is potentially flexible, with start dates between March 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018 preferred.

A PhD in particle astrophysics, high-energy physics, nuclear physics, or a related field is required. Experience with low-noise
electronics, cryogenic systems, detector development, radiation detection, low-background techniques, data acquisition, data analysis, and/or simulations would be advantageous.

South Dakota Mines is an hour’s drive from the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), historic home of the noble-prize-winning Ray Davis experiment on solar neutrino oscillations, current home of the LZ and MAJORANA Demonstrator experiments, and future site of LZ and the DUNE/LBNF far detector. The university 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: and

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 Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin February 23, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

Posting Date 01/23/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 02/23/2018
Advertised Salary
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
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Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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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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