Direct Dark Matter Search with PICO at SNOLAB

Montreal U.

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Application deadline:
Contact: Prof. Viktor Zacek (
Job category: Postdoc/Fellowship
Research field:
Astrophysics, High Energy Physics - Experiment, Nuclear Experiment
More information:
ID: 2960


The particle physics group at the Université de Montréal is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the field of particle astrophysics to join the ongoing PICO cold dark matter search experiment.  PICO is an international, world leading experiment in the spin-dependent sector of WIMP searches. Its detection technique is based on the metastability of moderately superheated liquids and utilizes bubble chambers to search for dark matter signals produced by recoiling nuclei that induce observable phase transitions in the fluid.  The PICO collaboration is presently operating a 40L experiment at SNOLAB and is preparing a new generation experiment, PICO500 with substantially increased active mass and sensitivity.
Candidates will have a recent PhD in experimental particle astrophysics, nuclear physics, particle physics or a related field. Demonstrated hardware experience and experience in data analysis is required. Ideally, candidates will also have research exposure to low background techniques. The successful candidate will play an important role in detector operation and the analysis of PICO results and will participate in the development of PICO500. The position is based at Montréal, but frequent and extended travel to SNOLAB in Sudbury will be required (

Candidates should submit their curriculum vitae before Febrary 10, 2017 and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to:

Prof. Viktor Zacek,
Départment  de Physique
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre Ville
Montréal, Québec, H3C 3J7, Canada
We strongly encourage all qualified persons to apply, regardless of citizenship or residential status. In accordance with Canadian immigration regulations, Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be given first consideration.