High Energy Physics or Astroparticle Physics Research Scientist

Queen's U., Kingston

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Application deadline:
Contact: Gilles Gerbier (
Job category: Postdoc/Fellowship
Research field:
Astrophysics, High Energy Physics - Experiment, High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, Nuclear Experiment, Instrumentation and Detectors
ID: 3923


The Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (SuperCDMS) team within the SNOLAB group at Queen's University is setting up a Cryogenic Underground TEst Facility (CUTE) at SNOLAB for the testing, validation and potentially scientific exploitation of next-generation cryogenic detectors with a total mass of up to about 10 kg. This low background facility made possible by G. Gerbier's CERC funding and managed by the Queen's group is presently under construction and expected to be operational at SNOLAB by the end of 2017. Privileged access to CUTE will be given to SuperCDMS for detector testing and potentially early dark matter science – before the full installation of SuperCDMS turns on. The facility is open to proposals for other innovative cryogenic detectors which require or would benefit from the low background environment the facility will provide.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the operations of the facility, including the (dry) dilution refrigerator, and the support systems (water tank circulation, cryostat suspension, cleanroom for payload change). The candidate will also be expected to be part of the scientific exploitation of the facility, and possibly detector development at Queen’s, within the SuperCDMS group (Faculties W Rau, P di Stefano, G Gerbier).

Initially, the position would be located at Queen’s University in order to participate to the test and validation of the dilution refrigerator. Upon installation of the test facility in SNOLAB, the candidate may spend a significant amount of time at SNOLAB in order to operate the facility and participate in data taking and analysis. A full relocation to Sudbury is conceivable; the arrangement is subject to negotiation with the successful candidate, who is expected to become a full member of the SuperCDMS Collaboration.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in physics, preferably in solid state, high energy physics or astroparticle physics, have previous experience in low-temperature physics, preferably with a dilution refrigerator, have practical knowledge of high sensitivity electronics. As a leader and manager, the applicant is expected to be autonomous and proactive, to have some collaborative work experience and supervision and organizational skills.

The position is 3 year duration, with most probable possibility of extension. Tentative start date is September 1st, 2017. Salary will be commensurate to ability/experience.
The Queen’s University SNOLAB group is one of the strongest astroparticle physics group in Canada if not worldwide. The group consists of 9 faculty members, including the Nobel Prize winner Art McDonald, working on a variety of particle astrophysics experiments. The new Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC), led by Queen’s, is being established, and will bring additional faculty positions  in Particle Astrophysics and related fields to Queen's University.

The applicant should provide a one-page letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and arrange for a minimum of 2 letters of reference to be sent to Julie McDonald, Research Coordinator,

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY: The University invites applications from all qualified candidates. Queen's is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.