Postdoctoral Associate/Senior Research Associate in Experimental Hadronic Physics

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
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Aug 6, 2021

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Job Description

The experimental nuclear physics group of Prof. M. Boër at Virginia Tech is inviting applications for a postdoctoral associate position or senior research associate position. Our group is studying hard exclusive processes such as the exclusive photo- and electro-production of lepton pairs and mesons. Our goal is to extract Generalized Parton Distributions (GPDs) and interpret them in terms of "3D images" of the nucleon. We are developing new experiments for the Jefferson Lab Hall C and Hall A, to explore GPDs with reactions that have not been measured yet. We are also expanding this program for the future Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), in particular with Hard Exclusive Vector Meson Production. Our current approved and/or proposed programs at JLab include Timelike Compton Scattering and Double Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering. Information about the group can be found at

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Jefferson Lab community, will develop simulations, prepare experiments and software, and will be involved in the development of the DAQ and/or a prototype detector for muons to be installed in Jefferson Lab Hall C. The candidate will have opportunities to work with the graduate and undergraduate students of the group and will be encouraged to contribute to EIC programs related to this physics.

The position will be primarily based at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Frequent travels to Jefferson Lab (JLab) in Newport News, VA will be required. Being stationed permanently at Jefferson Lab is possible but frequent travel to Blacksburg may be necessary in that case. The initial appointment is for one year, with possible extension for up to 3 years contingent upon funding availability and satisfactory performance. Review of applications will start September 15, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled. The expected start date is fall 2021.

Required Qualifications

- PhD in Experimental or Theoretical Particle Physics, Experimental Nuclear Physics, Hadronic Physics or a closely related field by the appointment start date.
- Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with other members of the group and external collaborators.
- Knowledge of the Linux environment and coding in C/C++/Fortran or a similar language. - Experience with data analysis and/or with running experimental simulations and/or developing event generators.
- Must be able to travel between the Jefferson Lab (JLab) in Newport News, Virginia and Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg, VA.
- Ability to work independently as well as participate in JLab operations such as taking shifts.

Additional requirements for Postdoctoral Associate applicants:
- PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
- Candidates with previous postdoctoral experience must have experience in Experimental Physics.

Additional requirements for Senior Research Associate applicants:
- Demonstrated prior postdoctoral experience in Experimental Particle, Nuclear or Hadronic Experimental Physics.
- Demonstrated ability to develop independent research, to collaborate and/or develop collaborations with other scientist, to work with junior and senior colleagues.
- Demonstrated ability to present at international conferences and to publish articles.

Preferred Qualifications

- Experience in hardware and/or with Geant4; a good understanding or experience with phenomenology; previous experience with JLab, BNL, COMPASS, EIC, or any other experience in relation to hadronic physics.
- Previous experience in teaching and/or supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

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Additional Information

* Required documents are:
1) CV including a list of publications and a list of oral communications
2) Cover letter including past experiences, motivations and a research plan

* Optional documents are:
1) list of publication if not attached to the CV
2) list of oral communications if not attached to the CV
3) Optional supporting document (1) such as research statement, teaching statement, teaching certificates, articles...
4) Optional supporting document (2) such as research statement, teaching statement, teaching certificates, articles..
5) Optional supporting document (3) such as research statement, teaching statement, teaching certificates, articles..

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

"For full consideration, applicants should send (1) a CV, including a list of publications and a list of oral communications, and (2) a cover letter including their past experiences, their motivations and a research plan. Applicants can submit up to 3 optional supporting documents such as a research or teaching statement, teaching certificates, articles... Application material must be uploaded from this webpage via the "Apply now" button. Further documentation, if needed, can also be sent directly via email to Prof. Marie Boër at .

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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