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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 (Cox, Hirosky, Neu) has a wide range of physics interests, including Higgs boson studies, SM measurements, and searches for SUSY and other exotic forms of matter. Our detector efforts have focused on the CMS electromagnetic (ECAL) and hadronic calorimetry and we are currently involved in upgrades for the High-Luminosity LHC era for ECAL and a dedicated precision timing detector.

The successful candidate would be stationed primarily at CERN and be expected to contribute to work in calorimeter operations, studies and upgrades. A portion of the appointment may also require residence
at the University of Virginia or Fermilab. Our postdoctoral research associates have opportunities to collaborate with UVa students, scientists, and faculty, and can also develop their own interests and projects.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics by the appointment start date. Priority will be given to candidates based on excellence in LHC physics research, including data analysis and/or hardware experience.

This is initially a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for 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 0623486. 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 Hirosky@Virginia.Edu. Review of applications will begin July 10, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Prof. Bob Hirosky
Hirosky@Virginia.Edu

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to:
Andy Cavanaugh
ac7zk@virginia.edu
434-924-3798

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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Research Scientist in Experimental Medium-Energy Nuclear Physics

Revised 5/9/2018

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Research Scientist in experimental medium-energy nuclear physics, anticipated to begin no later than June 2018.

The candidate will work with Prof. Xiaochao Zheng and Prof. Donal Day, with a focus on the following topics (ordered by priority):1) Play a leading role in the upcoming 12 GeV Hall C A1n experiment; 2) Data analysis focusing on completed JLab spin structure experiments (the group is currently leading the analysis of the Hall B EG4 and the Hall A small-angle GDH experiments); 3) Electromagnetic calorimeter (EMCal) R&D for the SoLID project, including prototype testing using both cosmic rays or test facilities (e.g. JLab, Beijing IHEP, Fermilab); 4) Assist the full-scale simulation for the SoLID EMCal; and 5) Use FLUKA to optimize shielding for the Compact Photons Source planned for Halls C and D. Based on the candidate's research background and profile, he/she may not be in charge of all tasks listed above, but should be able to carry out a majority of them.

The candidate will work with undergraduate students on a regular basis, and will assist in guiding graduate students within the group. The candidate is also encouraged to work on independent analysis and/or experimental proposals that will lead to journal publications and further career advancement.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in Physics. Multiple-years of research experience at the postdoctoral level is preferred. This is a one-year appointment which may be renewed for additional years, contingent on available funding and satisfactory performance.

To apply, complete a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and search on posting number 0623024. Electronically attach a cover letter, C.V including publication list, a brief research statement and contact information for three professional references.

Review of applications will begin May 1st, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Xiaochao Zheng (xz5y@virginia.edu) or Donal Day (dbd@virginia.edu).

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to Andy Cavanaugh at 434-924-3798 or ac7zk@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/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans, and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Research Associate in Quantum Computing and Quantum Information

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to do theoretical work in quantum computing and quantum information, in particular on the exploration of quantum simulation using continuous-variable quantum optical systems.

The successful candidate will work on continuous- and discrete-variable quantum information at the interface with condensed matter theory in direct collaboration between the experimental quantum optics group of Olivier Pfister and the condensed matter theory group of Israel Klich. Demonstrated experience with continuous-variable quantum information is a plus; however, all candidates with superior proficiency in quantum information, AMO physics and/or condensed matter theory will be considered. The completion of a Ph.D. degree in Physics or closely related field by appointment start date is required. Candidates must have effective oral and written communication skills. This is a one-year appointment, which may be renewed for one additional one-year term, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), and electronically attach a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters; search on posting 0622972.

Review of applications will begin two weeks from posting date and the position will remain open until filled. Starting date is flexible but planning to have this position filled by September 2018.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Professors Olivier Pfister at op6n@virginia.edu or Israel Klich at ik3j@virginia.edu.

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to: Andrew Cavanaugh, 434-924-3798, ac7zk@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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Research Associate with the Solid Polarized Target group

The Solid Polarized Target group at the University of Virginia invites applications for a post-doctoral research associate position, to start in early 2018. Our group currently has three senior members, two post-doctoral research associates, and 3 graduate students.

We are the leading domestic University-based solid polarized target research group and actively pursue R&D in evaporation and dilution refrigerators, superconducting magnets, NMR systems and the dynamic nuclear polarization of target materials.

The successful candidate will join our efforts on the polarized Seaquest experiment (E1039) at Fermilab and at Jefferson Lab where we are have commitments in multiple halls. The ultimate aim of our program is to understand the structure of nucleons and nuclei. The associate will expected to travel for various, and possibly extended, periods to Jefferson Lab and Fermilab.

The successful applicant will acquire the skills needed to contribute to research with polarized targets and nuclear/particle spin-physics analysis as well as play a leading role in the preparation and data collection of one or more of our experiments. They will be expected to propose new experiments.

A Ph.D. in experimental or theoretical nuclear, particle, or high-energy physics (or closely related field) is required before the start date. Applicants must have good written and verbal communication skills as indicated by scientific publications in preeminent refereed journals, conference presentations, etc. and must possess a general knowledge of nuclear and particle physics.

Experience/expertise in one or more of the following areas is strongly desired: Physics of medium- or high-energy electron scattering; advanced statistical analysis techniques; previous analysis of asymmetry data; experience with high vacuum and cryogenics, polarization technologies, and scientific software development experience with one or more of the following: GEANT4, Fluka, C++, Python and LabView.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@Uva (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the contact information for three professional references; search on posting number 0622376. 

Review of applications will begin January 25, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this particular position should be directed to Donal Day (email: dbd@virginia.edu).

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to: Andy Cavanaugh: 434-924-3798 (email: ac7zk@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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Research Associate in Experimental AMO Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia is seeking a postdoctoral Research Associate in experimental AMO physics to explore and control coherent atomic and molecular dynamics driven and probed by intense, ultrashort laser and THz pulses.

The incumbent will work independently, and in collaboration with Bob Jones and other members of his research group, on a variety of projects including: intense laser ionization and fragmentation of molecules that have been transiently aligned/oriented by intense THz pulses; the use of nano- and micro-structures to enhance THz fields to manipulate electron dynamics in the presence of strong laser fields; and the use of attosecond electron wavepackets as time-resolved probes atomic and molecular potentials. Previous experience in strong-field/ultrafast AMO physics involving the use of intense femtosecond laser pulses to study atoms, molecules, and/or surfaces is preferred.

Candidates must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. degree in Physics (or a closely related field) prior to the appointment start date, and demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. This is a one-year appointment, with the potential for renewal for up to two additional one year appointments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), and electronically attach a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional references; search on posting 0619992.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2017 and the position will remain open until filled. The starting date is flexible but the position could be filled as early as February 2017.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Professor Bob Jones at bjones@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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