Researcher in Neutrino and Dark Matter
University of California Davis
United States

Junior/Assistant Specialist - Pantic Lab

Job #JPF04498
  • PHYSICS / Mathematical and Physical Sciences / UC Davis

Application Window

Open date: October 11th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Nov 22, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 17, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.

Position description

The Neutrino and Dark Matter group at the University of California, Davis invites applications for junior/assistant specialist position. The primary responsibility of this position will involve studies contributing to the construction and operation of the DarkSide-20k dark matter detector two-phase detector, which will contain 39 ton of liquid argon.

The junior/assistant specialist will participate in and co-lead activities in Assoc. Prof. Pantic’s liquid argon lab in the physics department. More precisely, the hire will 1) help with design of liquid argon detector components 2) maintain technical drawings of these components 3) organize machining of these components 4) perform dedicated tests such as mechanical strength, performance in liquid argon or integration of these components 5) prepare and maintain reports of the research activities, and 6) help with general lab upkeep and ordering of supplies. The status and results of these studies will be presented to a wider audience. The junior/assistant specialist will also work with other personnel including technicians and engineers. Only those selected for the Assistant Specialist rank appointment will oversee the work performed by UC Davis undergraduates.

Major Responsibilities and Designated Areas of Expertise

I. Research in Specialized Areas (90%)
40% Develop, fabricate and test liquid argon detector components. In collaboration with senior group members, organize and oversee (Assistant Specialist only) lab activities of undergraduate workers.
35% Analyze results of this testing and work with colleagues to devise improvements.
15% Participate in weekly group meetings where the research is discussed. Write journal articles and/or prepare posters for presentation as appropriate in collaboration with the PI.

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
5% Participate in appropriate research and educational activities fostering collaboration with other members of the group. Give a presentation at a national or regional conference in particle physics.

III. University and Public Service (5%)
5% Provide mentorship for undergraduate students working in the laboratory.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

For Jr. Specialist: A bachelor’s degree in Physics, Applied Physics, or Engineering plus at least one year of research experience in a physics or engineering laboratory are required.

For Asst. Specialist: A master’s degree in Physics, Applied Physics, or Engineering plus at least three years of research experience in a physics or engineering laboratory are required.
• Experience with computer-based quantitative data analysis is required.

• Ability to write technical reports and scientific articles is required.
• Ability to communicate clearly is required.

Preferred qualifications

• Strong organizational and analytical skills
• Ability to work independently
• Experience with thermal conductivity and tensile strength testing
• Experience with Python and Excel
• Experience in working with high voltage and cryogenic equipment
• Experience in working with the COMSOL simulation package
• Experience in working with computer-based mechanical design (such as
• Experience in working in the experimental physics lab.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - A cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.(Optional)
  • Reference requirements
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