COSINUS is a new experiment for the direct detection of dark matter based on scintillating cryogenic calorimeters using Sodium Iodide (NaI) scintillating crystals. After three years of detector prototyping, COSINUS constructs its own experimental facility located at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory (LNGS) in central Italy. The COSINUS group at MPP, lead by Dr. Karoline Schäffner, is involved in all main aspects of the experiment, with special emphasis on development and fabrication of detectors, cryogenics, data analysis and the design and construction of the experimental facility at LNGS.
The successful candidate is expected to have a solid background in astroparticle physics, fabrication and operation of low-temperature calorimeters and testing of detectors in low-background environments. Having experience in cryogenics is an asset.
The candidate is expected to take a major role in detector development and will participate in the installation, commissioning and operation of the COSINUS facility at LNGS and in tests and characterization runs of COSINUS detectors both at MPP and LNGS.
The position will be based at MPP and the candidate should expect to travel frequently to LNGS and work at the underground site. Given the requirement of on-site work, possession of a valid driver’s license is preferred.
Candidates must hold or be near completion of a PhD in experimental physics at the time of recruitment.
Salary and benefits are according to the German public service pay scale (TVöD Bund). The position is limited to a period of initially three years, with a possible extension of two more years.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
For questions concerning the position offered, please contact Dr. Karoline Schäffner. Applications are accepted until July 31, 2020, or until the position is filled. Interested scientists should send their applications (including a CV, list of publications and a statement of research interest) and arrange for three recommendation letters to be sent as PDF and via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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