Postdoctoral Researcher – Particle Physics / Rare Decay

TRIUMF and the University of British Columbia’s Department of Physics and Astronomy  are seeking applications from recent particle physics graduates interested in a Postdoctoral position with the Rare Decay Group. As the successful applicant, you will have an opportunity to participate in research related to studies of rare kaon and pion decays and searches for dark matter with the  PIONEER experiment at the Paul Scherrer Institut and the CERN NA62 experiment. Specifically, you will focus on, and contribute in a significant manner to simulations and data analysis, detector and electronics R&D, and experiment-related operations at PSI and CERN, including: 

  • Simulations, detector R&D, and data analysis
  • Data collection and shift-taking at PSI and CERN
  • Preparing reports and disseminating results as articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and at national and international conferences and workshops
  • Supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students

As the successful applicant, you will have a good knowledge of data analysis techniques, software, and detection techniques used in particles physics. Ideally this will include: 

  • Expertise in instrument and/or electronics development e.g. Si detectors and calorimeters
  • Expertise in data analysis and simulation
  • Proficiency with C++, ROOT, and Monte Carlo simulations using GEANT4, and interest or expertise in machine learning techniques
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability and flexibility to travel to Switzerland as required

Your qualifications include a Ph.D. in particle physics within the past five years (or you are expecting to complete your PhD within a few months).  

This grant funded position is jointly offered by UBC’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and TRIUMF. TRIUMF is Canada's particle accelerator centre, and one of the world's leading laboratories for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science. We are an international centre for discovery and innovation, advancing fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary research for science, medicine, and business. The successful applicant will be employed by and located at TRIUMF, in Vancouver, BC, and will have an initial term of one year. This may be renewed based on mutual satisfaction and continued grant funding. Salary will be competitive depending on experience, and a comprehensive benefit package is offered. 

TRIUMF is located on the south campus of the University of British Columbia, in the heart of Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, BC. We offer a competitive total compensation package, including comprehensive benefits, attractive salary, and an excellent opportunity to enhance your career portfolio in a high-profile national research facility.  

TRIUMF is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates.  Interested applicants should fill out the Employment Application form.   Questions about this opportunity may be addressed to referencing Competition JR100269 in the subject line. 

Application closing date:  August 3, 2022 

As a requirement of this position, the successful candidate will need to provide acceptable proof that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or demonstrate that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for reasons protected under the BC Human Rights Code. TRIUMF will grant reasonable accommodation requests up to the point of undue hardship.

It is important to note that due to operational necessity, TRIUMF will, as needed, make hiring decisions that could pre-empt the closing date. Accordingly, we suggest candidates submit expressions of interest in a timely fashion. 

Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-56042 in all your correspondence about this Postdoctoral Fellow position.

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