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Postdoctoral Associate
  • Job Number: 18956
  • Functional Area: Academic (non-faculty)
  • Department: Laboratory for Nuclear Science
  • School Area: Science
  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary
  • Employment Category: Exempt
  • Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes
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Job Description

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Laboratory for Nuclear Science (LNS)-Experimental High Energy Physics Group, to work on the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment.  Will join a group that took a leading role in the discovery of the Higgs boson and presently holds a leading role in searches for dark matter. The group’s physics program also focuses on the measurement of Higgs boson properties and searches for new physics. The MIT group is involved in several detector projects such as the data acquisition system, the Level 1 Trigger Upgrade, the Calorimeter Upgrade, and CMS Computing.  MIT has played a leading role in the development of AI-based algorithms for use at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider). This work has expanded to other domains of research, including neutrino physics and gravitational waves. Will be expected to play a significant role in the analysis effort and work on furthering the development of AI algorithms within the LHC.  There is also the potential to contribute to other experiments, including the laser interferometer gravitational wave observatory (LIGO).  

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics; data analysis, computing, and programming skills; and the ability to carry out an independent research program.  Job #18956

The position is available immediately and applications will be considered until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by October 31, 2020.

In addition to applying online via the MIT website, interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor Philip Harris at All materials should be sent electronically. 

The appointments are initially for one year and renewable annually, subject to mutual satisfaction.