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Jobs & Opportunities

The Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute (McDonald Institute) is committed to inclusive excellence in research for the benefit of Canadians. At the McDonald Institute, we recognize that achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive research network is essential to the creation of rigorous, innovative and impactful research necessary to collectively tackle the frontier questions in astroparticle physics. The recruitment efforts of our personnel are reflective of our desire to further strengthen our network by actively seeking diversity of skills, identities, experiences, and perspectives. We welcome and strongly encourage applications from candidates who will contribute to the further diversification of the McDonald Institute network. Come work with us to further uncover the secrets of our universe. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

Faculty Positions

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Experimental Particle Astrophysics
Queen’s University
Apply by December 15th, 2019
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Postdoctoral Opportunities

Hi ___Thank you for sending the position. It has been added to the Jobs and Opportunities page on the McDonald Institute site here: https://mcdonaldinstitute.ca/jobs-opportunities/. Please note that we will be updating the opportunities page quarterly.
Please mark June 30th, 2020 [ September 30th, 2020 December 31st, 2020 March 31st, 2021 ] in your calendar as the expiration of this posting. If you would like us to keep the posting active past that date, please contact Zac Kenny at communications@mcdonaldinstitute.ca on or before that date.All the best,

Postdoctoral Fellows on the PICO Experiment – Experimental AstroParticle Physics 
Queen’s University
Application Review begins April 10th, 2020
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Graduate Positions

Hi ___Thank you for sending the position. It has been added to the Jobs and Opportunities page on the McDonald Institute site here: https://mcdonaldinstitute.ca/jobs-opportunities/. Please note that we will be updating the opportunities page quarterly.
Please mark June 30th, 2020 [ September 30th, 2020 December 31st, 2020 March 31st, 2021 ] in your calendar as the expiration of this posting. If you would like us to keep the posting active past that date, please contact Zac Kenny at communications@mcdonaldinstitute.ca on or before that date.All the best,

M.Sc. Position in Astroparticle Physics Phenomenology 
York University
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M.Sc. Position in Particle Physics 
University of Regina
APPLY BY MARCH 20, 2020
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Contact Barbi (Feb 2020) to see if this is filled.

Ph.D. position in Experimental Particle Physics/Instrumentation
Queen’s University
Open until filled
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Ph.D. position in Computational Astrophysics 
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Open until filled
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Contact Levente (Feb 2020) to see if this is filled)

MASc position in Applied Physics/Engineering
Queen’s University
Open Until Filled
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contact Levante to see if this is filled Feb 2020

Graduate Positions in Experimental Particle Physics
Laurentian University
Open until filled
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Contact Ciao (Feb 2020) to see if this is filled.

Graduate Position in Theoretical Particle Physics
Queen’s University
APPLY BY FEBRUARY 15, 2019
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Contact Aaron

Graduate Position in Experimental Particle Physics
Carleton University
Open until filled
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HQP Ticket 2019-R5-24

Undergraduate Summer School

The Canadian Astroparticle Physics Summer School will return this year May 10 – 16th, 2020. For more info, please see:
mcdonaldinstitute.ca/capss-info

Undergraduate Summer Positions

SNOLAB Group Summer Student Employment
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 7th, 2020
The Experimental Particle Astrophysics Group at Queen’s University has openings for undergraduate summer researchers in summer 2020. The group is actively involved in the design, construction, and operation of next-generation experiments that seek to answer fundamental questions in particle physics and astrophysics, including searches for dark matter particles (PICO, DEAP, NEWS, SuperCDMS), studies of solar and geo-neutrinos, and neutrinoless double-beta decay (SNO+, MAJORANA), and investigations into advanced detector technologies (see www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/group/). Much of the experimental work takes place at SNOLAB, a world-leading, ultra-low background particle astrophysics laboratory located 6800’ underground in Vale’s Creighton mine, near Sudbury (see www.snolab.ca). Some of the summer research activities could take place at SNOLAB. Successful candidates will have strong academic records in Physics, Engineering Physics, Chemistry, or a related discipline and will have some relevant experience demonstrating the potential for research. Students eligible for NSERC USRA or other fellowship support are strongly encouraged to apply.
The following experiments anticipate hiring one or more students this summer. Please send a cover letter, a cv and a copy of a recent transcript by e-mail to the contact for each of the experiments you are interested in. 3rd-year students interested in the Accelerated Master’s program can contact the research groups below for information about research possibilities, and apply to the Queen’s University Physics Department.

Germanium Point Contact Detector and Machine Learning Lab.
Our lab studies high-purity germanium detectors that have applications in both searches for dark matter and neutrinoless double-beta decay. We also develop machine learning algorithms to support data analysis in particle astrophysics experiments. We have recently received a very large point contact germanium detector for next-generation experiments, and are looking for students to help us model and characterize this detector, as well as to work on other projects. Opportunities are available to participate in data analysis, design, as well as for hands-on experience working with the detectors and electronics in our lab at Queen’s. Specific projects will be chosen to align with the skills that a student wishes to develop over the summer (hardware/software or both).
Contact: Ryan Martin (ryan.martin@queensu.ca)

DEAP and DarkSide are experiments using liquid argon to search for dark matter. Opportunities include data analysis on DEAP, and simulating and testing the data acquisition system for DarkSide. Contact: Philippe Di Stefano (distefan@queensu.ca)

NEWS-G has developed novel spherical gas detectors that are exceptionally sensitive to low energy interactions. A large volume spherical detector has been built and is currently being installed underground at SNOLAB to search for low-mass dark matter particles and other rare low energy interactions. Prototype detectors are currently being built and tested at the Queen’s NEWS-G lab. Summer positions are available to assist with the data taking at SNOLAB and Queen’s, with the dark matter search and calibration data analysis, and with the development and testing of novel detector technologies.
Contact: Victoria Millious (mv41@queensu.ca)

PICO searches for dark matter using bubble chambers. In these detectors, the superheated liquid undergoes phase transitions when recoiling nuclei from WIMP interactions deposit energy in the fluid. These phase transitions are detected using sensitive piezo-electric transducers and video cameras. PICO-40L is the current phase of the experiment and is currently being commissioned underground at SNOLAB. The next phase of the experiment, PICO-500, is currently in the design stage. Potential
summer positions include assisting with the detector operation, dark matter search and calibration data analysis, and design and testing of PICO-500 components.
Contact: Diana Turner (diana.turner@mcdonaldinstitute.ca)

SNO+ will study the fundamental properties of neutrinos using a 780-tonne liquid scintillator target. The experiment is currently operating at SNOLAB. Potential summer research activities include data analysis, assisting in the preparation of calibration systems and calibration sources, participating in the development of tellurium process systems and procedures, and operating the detector during data taking.
Contact: Alex Wright (awright@queensu.ca)

The IceCube and P-ONE experiments are looking for neutrino interactions in the Antarctic Ice and in the water off the coast of Vancouver, respectively. The experiments are in different operational phases, with IceCube taking data and P-ONE working on the preliminary design. Students could be involved with simulations and data analysis on either or both projects while working toward gaining an understanding of the calibration potential of P-ONE.
Contact: Ken Clark (kjc5@queensu.ca)

 

The McDonald Institute has two undergraduate jobs available for the summer of 2020, made available through the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP). The first is a Research & Education/Outreach role working with a faculty member and the Education and Outreach Officer. The second is a Student Finance and Budget Assistant working with the Finance Officer.

Summer Research & Outreach Fellow (4 available): Reporting to the Education & Outreach (E&O) Officer, each McDonald Institute Summer Research and Outreach Fellow (MI Fellow) will be responsible for both research, and research tools training of high school students. 50% of their time will be in progressing a research project with an MI faculty, with the intent to produce or contribute to a scientific paper. Their other 50% of time will be initially co-developing, and then fully implementing a summer school that would meet with a cohort of 4-8 middle and/or high school students, selected from applications. The students in the cohort would be the McDonald Institute Summer Scholars (MI Scholars). Each MI Fellow, working with their research supervisor and E&O Officer would give the MI Scholars a sequence of introductory content material, skills training (computing, theory, experimental design, data entry, report writing), and include a scaled-down, entry-level version of the research project the MI Fellow is pursuing. The summer would conclude with each of the MI Scholars presenting to the department and interested public on their work over the term of the summer camp. This would be followed by each MI Fellow presenting their research project to the department and interested public. More information can be found here.

Student Finance and Budget Assistant: Reporting to the Finance Officer, the Student Finance and Budget Assistant will make important contributions to budget management, internal controls, audit preparedness and integrated reporting systems for the funding agency, management and partners. They will act as an essential financial support to the McDonald Institute.

 

Administrative Positions

Knowledge Translation Specialist (Digital)
Queen’s University (Remote)
June 25th 2020
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Technical & Engineering Postions