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22 May 2019

Postdoctoral Position: LZ Dark Matter Experiment (Ref: 1453577)

We have an immediate opening for a Research Associate position to work on the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment seeking to make a direct observation of dark matter. LZ brings together the on-going LUX and completed ZEPLIN projects to construct a multi-tonne two-phase liquefied xenon time projection chamber. The purified xenon target will be held in an ultra-low background containment vessel, in turn surrounded by an outer detector and water tank for shielding, and located in the Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake mine, South Dakota.

The applicant will be expected to support the activities being conducted for the LZ project at UCL, contributing primarily to ultra-low background radioactivity assays of detector construction materials with gamma spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and radon measurements, as well as development of the experiment’s background model.

The applicant should have or be about to receive a PhD in particle physics or particle astro-physics. Ideally the candidate would have previous practical experience with rare-event search experiments and low radioactivity measurements. Experience with noble gas dark matter detectors, including their construction, operation and auxiliary apparatus, is particularly welcomed, as is experience with Monte Carlo simulation and data analysis packages such as GEANT4 and ROOT.

The salary will be in the Researcher Grade 7 range: £33,353 - £40,313 per annum, depending on skills and experience.

The post will be for 3 years initially.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to this link. If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Ms Khadija Bouzgan, k.bouzgan@ucl.ac.uk (Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7778). Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Chamkaur Ghag, c.ghag@ucl.ac.uk (Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3453).

Closing Date: 17:00 on 25th March 2015.