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Research Scientist

Occidental College
Los Angeles, California
Commensurate with Experience
Posted Date
Dec 12, 2022

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Occidental College and a leading mineral exploration company have formed an alliance to develop a borehole muon detector designed to detect subsurface mineral deposits.  Occidental seeks to hire a Research Scientist to work on campus to develop, test and then deploy the first version of this detector.


  1. Study and understand the current design and update the design as needed
  2. Design and build the slow control, gas system and DAQ of the ground station
  3. Commission the v1 detector with benchmarked runs
  4. Deploy the v1 detector, cable and ground station in a local borehole
  5. Establish running procedures for the entire v1 system
  6. Prepare to install the v1 system remotely


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Physics
  • Demonstrated lab skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree
  • Hands-on experience working with particle detectors
  • Fluency in CAD software
  • The initiative and drive to carry out a rapid development of a unique detector
  • Willingness to travel to remote sites to oversee installation and operations


Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position to


Occidental is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Occidental is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and just environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their work are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the College’s strategic equity and justice goals and those from groups that are underrepresented in the field are particularly encouraged to apply.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: excellent health, dental, life, and retirement benefits; tuition benefits for the employee, spouse, domestic partner, and dependents; additional extras including use of gym facilities and the College Library. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

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