Undergraduate Position, University of Alberta – SNO+, hardware analysis

Undergraduate Position, University of Alberta – SNO+, hardware analysis

A photo of the Andromeda Galaxy. Photo credit: Bryan Goff.

This position represents an open-ended call for applicants. Applications and communications from qualified, interested candidates are welcome at any time.

This position is open to those pursuing an undergraduate degree in physics, engineering, or related equivalent who have a strong interest in dark matter detection and experimental physics. This opportunity is flexible in term, and may be an honours thesis, a summer research project, and/or a part-time research assistantship.

The successful candidate will work on SNO+, located at SNOLAB in Sudbury, Ontario under the supervision of Prof. Aksel Hallin at the University of Alberta. On-site and on-campus work will be a major component of this position, and the project includes working with the SNO+ collaboration.

The potential project would include analysis of the SNO+ hardware to aid in the detection of a variety of neutrinos.  The major focus is the detection of a phenomenon called neutrinoless double beta decay, which would occur if neutrinos are their own antiparticles, and which changes the relative number of matter particles compared to antimatter particles.  In addition, the detector will measure neutrinos from the sun and the earth, and will look for any supernova neutrinos.   

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Aksel to apply. Please note that the deadline to discuss summer research positions is typically April, and honours projects should be negotiated and set in place by the Winter/Spring semester before the candidates final year of study.