2 Postdoctoral Positions - Micro-X

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, DARK MATTER SEARCH WITH MICRO-X: Located at Northwestern University, to join the group of Professor Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano. Micro-X is a NASA-funded sounding rocket payload which houses a cryogenic high-resolution microcalorimeter array. Micro-X's first flight in July 2018 was the first use of TES detectors in space. A second flight is scheduled for September 2019. The TES array has 128 pixels, each with a resolution around 4-10 eV FWHM. This detector system is currently used with an X-ray optic to do Supernova Remnant observations, but we will be converting it over the next two years into a wide field-of-view instrument that will look for X-ray signatures of dark matter decay. Micro-X will have world-leading sensitivity to sterile neutrino dark matter between 1-10 keV. We will also collaborate with the University of Wisconsin to fly the XQC payload, and perform joint analyses of the joint data sets to obtain the best possible sensitivity. Our first dark matter search flight will be in 2021. We will also have an active R&D program in conjunction with our collaborators to improve the payload for future flights. We intend to make two appointments, one starting around October 1, 2019, and one starting in January 2020.

REQUIREMENTS: a Ph.D. in physics. Candidates' background should be in experimental particle or high-energy astrophysics, rocket or balloon experiments, or experimental condensed matter physics.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Please submit a curriculum vitae and have three letters of recommendation sent to: postdoc@figueroagroup.nu

Graduate and Undergraduate Positions

We are looking for graduate and undergraduate students! We have positions open for both SuperCDMS and Micro-X. Look around in the site to get an idea of what we do. If you are interested, contact us!

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