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Research Associate in Precision Experimental Weak Interaction Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work in the area of precision experimental weak interaction physics.

Candidates with outstanding research potential and with an interest and experience in precision studies of the standard model weak interaction, in particular in measurements of rare decays of the pion and the muon, correlations in neutron beta decay, and experimental determination of the muon g-2 gyromagnetic factor, are especially invited to apply. Research will be conducted at the University of Virginia, the Oak Ridge Spallation Neutron Source, and Fermilab.

This position will be supported by National Science Foundation research grants. This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for two additional one-year terms, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. The completion of a PhD degree in experimental nuclear or high energy physics is required by the appointment start date. Priority will be given to candidates with a track-record of excellence in weak interaction physics research, including both significant analysis experience and hands-on hardware experience.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu); and electronically attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the contact information for three professional references; search on posting number 0614499.

Review of applications will begin on 4 August 2014; however, the position will remain open until filled. Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Professor Dinko Pocanic
Pocanic@Virginia.EDU

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:
Tammie Shifflett
434-924-6565
tms4t@Virginia.EDU

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

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Laboratory Instrument Maker - Machinist

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia is seeking a Laboratory Instrument Maker (machinist) to support the research and educational mission of the department and school. The successful candidate will work with undergraduate and graduate students, research professionals, and faculty to fabricate, construct, and/or design instruments for research and instruction. Duties include advanced machining, welding/soldering/brazing, preventative maintenance on shop equipment, and teaching student shop course as needed. The successful candidate must possess excellent communication skills, attention to detail, superior customer service in working with undergraduate and graduate students, research professionals, and faculty to fabricate, construct, and/or design instruments for research and instruction. Incumbent must possess problem solving skills and the ability to multitask in a high-paced academic environment. Applicants must have the ability to work both independently and as a strong team player; have demonstrated mastery of machine tool practices and safety; have the ability to work from sketches and verbal instruction; and understand the fundamentals of industrial design. Demonstrated ability to operate machines and tools such as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) mills and lathes to close tolerance is required. A high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of four years of experience in similar shop (e.g., "model shop" or similar position in academia or industry) are required. Completion of Journeyperson Apprenticeship Program; Machinist Certificate or Machinist Associate's Degree as well as basic computer skills are strongly preferred. Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding expertise and tool and die maker certification are preferred. CAD skills are preferred.

To apply, please complete an online staff application through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu), and electronically attach a resume, a cover letter and contact information for three professional references. Search on posting 0614566. This position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

David Wimer
dfw5a@Virginia.EDU
Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:
Tammie Shifflett
434-924-6565
tms4t@Virginia.EDU

The University will perform background checks on all new University Staff hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

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Experimental Medium Energy Physics Research Scientist

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applicants for a Research Scientist position to work on projects that are ultimately aimed at electron scattering experiments at JLab. Our group has a leading role in the JLab Super Bigbite program, which include measurements of the elastic nucleon form factors as well as studies single-spin asymmetries in semi-inclusive deep inelastic scattering. Our group is also involved in parity-violation experiments, including PREX-II, CREX, and the proposed MOLLER experiment. A particular focus of our group are experiments involving the scattering of polarized or unpolarized electrons from polarized He-3 targets, as well as the advancement of the polarized-target technology. Another focus of our group is the control of helicity-correlated systematic effects in parity-violation experiments that are related to the polarized electron source. The successful candidate must have a PhD in closely related physics and several years of postdoctoral experience. Experience working with lasers is highly desirable. Direct experience with spin-exchange optical pumping, the technique we employ to polarize the He-3 in our targets, would also be viewed quite positively.

The successful candidate will be stationed at UVa, but must be willing to travel regularly to Thomas Jefferson Laboratory (JLab) located in Newport News, Virginia.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the contact information for three professional references; search on posting number 0612280.

Review of applications will begin on July 6, 2013; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Prof. Gordon Cates
cates@Virginia.EDU

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:
Tammie Shifflett
434-924-6565
tms4t@Virginia.EDU

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

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Research Scientist in Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications from qualified candidates for a research scientist position in the area of experimental nuclear and particle physics working with the solid polarized target group. The position will be supported by a Department of Energy research contract and the appointment is subject to the availability of funds. The activity that the candidate will undertake may require that they spend a considerable amount of time at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, VA. This is a one year appointment; however appointments may be renewed for additional one- or two-year extensions, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

The qualified candidate will have:
- A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in experimental nuclear or particle physics and at least 2 years in a postdoctoral position at the time of application.
- Demonstrated experience with the principles and operation of solid polarized targets, both in the lab and in spin structure measurements.
- A background and an understanding of techniques to enhance the tensor polarization of deuteron targets.
- Experience with the preparation of experimental proposals to a national lab Program Advisory Committee.
- Experience supervising students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Experience leading and managing research projects independently.

In addition, the qualified candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to develop new experiments and support the interpretation and publishing of results from existing experiments.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the contact information for three professional references; search on posting number 0613676.

Review of applications will begin on March 11, 2014; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Res. Prof. Donal Day, dbd@Virginia.EDU

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:
Tammie Shifflett
434-924-6565
tms4t@Virginia.EDU

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Faculty Positions in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

The University of Virginia Physics Department is planning to hire two faculty members doing research in condensed-matter theory, broadly construed. We welcome applications from theorists with a strong and independent research record in traditional condensed-matter physics and/or areas with overlap with atomic physics, quantum information, field theory and mathematics. We expect also a strong interest in teaching and mentoring students. For one of the positions, our intent is to hire a candidate with substantial computational expertise as well.

Those hired will be expected to establish a successful research program as well as teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The appointments are planned for the tenure-track Assistant Professor position level, but a higher-level appointment may be considered in exceptional cases. Review of applications will begin December 2, 2013. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in physics or related field at the time of application. The appointment start date is August 25, 2014.

To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0612825 and electronically attach the following: a curriculum vitae, a statement describing the proposed research agenda, contact information for at least three references, and a cover letter. Please have the references email letters directly to phys-cm-theo-pos@Virginia.EDU.

Questions regarding the application process in JOBS@UVa should be directed to:

Tammie Shifflett
434-924-6565
tms4t@Virginia.EDU

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Virginia welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities; we seek to build a culturally diverse, intellectual environment and are committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state and federal laws.

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Research Associate in Experimental Particle Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work in the area of experimental particle physics on the CMS experiment at the LHC. The CMS group is led by Professors Cox, Hirosky and Neu and has a history of involvement in several physics research areas, including the search for the Higgs boson, SM measurements of top-quark production and QCD, and searches for SUSY. The successful candidate will play a leading role in studying Higgs boson production at the LHC, in particular through the detailed observation of the Higgs produced in association with top quarks. In addition, the group has had a significant role in the maintenance and operation of the electromagnetic calorimeter at CMS. The successful candidate will also make important contributions to the preparations for the upgrade of the CMS calorimetry system for the High-Luminosity LHC era.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics by the appointment start date. Priority will be given to candidates with a proven track record of excellence in hadron collider physics research, including both significant data analysis and hardware experience. Candidates must be willing to spend a portion of their appointment resident at CERN, although the exact details of the location of the position are to be determined. This is initially a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for two additional one-year terms, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu); search on posting number 0614242. Electronically attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a brief statement of research interests. Please also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent via email to chris.neu@virginia.edu. For full consideration, all materials, including reference letters, should be received by June 15, 2014; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Prof. Chris Neu
Chris.neu@virginia.edu

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:

Tammie Shifflett
tms4t@virginia.edu
434-924-6565
 

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