Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics:Instrumentation Physicist University of California, Santa Cruz, Physical & Biological Sciences Division - Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics United States

Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics:Instrumentation Physicist (Open until filled, apply by 12/10/18)


  • Physical & Biological Sciences Division - Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics



Open date: September 12th, 2018
Last review date: December 10th, 2018

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California Santa Cruz invites applications for the position of Instrumentation Physicist in the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP). The successful candidate will be expected to actively contribute to the current program of design and testing of instrumentation for experimental particle physics research as well as other fields of research in which the Institute becomes involved. SCIPP maintains a diverse and active research program in particle physics and particle astrophysics. Research also includes neurobiology and medical science as well as making use of instrumentation expertise developed for particle physics. Close ties with the Departments of Physics and Astronomy as well as national laboratories such as BNL, LBNL and SLAC and international laboratories such as CERN contribute to a stimulating academic and research environment.


SCIPP is a pioneer in the development of silicon detectors for elementary particles with expertise in both silicon micro-strip and pixel detectors, as well as radiation tolerant readout electronics for such detector systems. Most recently SCIPP scientists have led the development of Ultra-Fast Silicon Detectors, which allow high precision time measurement along with the typical space measurement. Some of the major projects in which the Institute is presently involved include the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, particularly the upgrade of ATLAS for the HL-LHC, and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Current activities include digital design and verification of front-end ASICs for the pixel and strip detector systems for the ATLAS HL-LHC ITk upgrade, R&D into HV-CMOS and Ultra-Fast Silicon Detectors, as well as a leading role in the low-noise system design for the ITk.


The successful candidate will work on the development of future instrumentation. This includes IC design verification, digital IC design, FPGA programming, ultra-low noise and low power circuit design, and system design to minimize electromagnetic interference and maximize performance. Following these projects, contributions to analog circuit design could also be possible, depending upon the expertise of the candidate. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to concepts for new instruments and technologies, advancing the state of the art in particle detector technologies and other instrumentation, which can advance the research objectives of the Institute. He or she will participate in new R&D projects, such as monolithic silicon detectors and those with time resolution in the tens of picosecond regime, contribute to publications and depending upon expertise manage the resulting projects.

Applicants with experience with digital circuit design and verification, system design and testing of ultra-low-noise multi-channel instruments, analogue system design, or integrated circuit technology (especially at the device level) are strongly encouraged to apply, as are applicants with advanced degrees in areas relevant to the advertised position.


Associate Specialist - Specialist (see rank qualifications at


$60,300-$110,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Master’s degree (or foreign equivalent degree) in experimental physics or electrical engineering; or a Baccalaureate degree (or foreign equivalent degree) in experimental physics or electrical engineering and a minimum of six years, post-baccalaureate, research experience relevant to the advertised position. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed no later than October 31, 2018.


POSITION AVAILABLE: November 1, 2018 or as soon as possible after the initial review of applications. Degree requirement must be completed by October 31, 2018 for employment beyond November 1, 2018.


Initial appointment will be full-time for two years, contingent upon the availability of funding. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment, a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.


Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.


Please refer to Position #JPF00643-19T in all correspondence.



  • Brief statement of research interests (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • List of Publications (required)


Reference Requirement
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of four will be accepted). Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.


*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at


Full consideration will be given to applications completed by December 10, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.


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Document requirements
  • Statement of Research - Brief statement of research interests

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • List of publications

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 letters of reference required



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