Research Scientist

Job description

Working Title: Research Scientist

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Physics

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 04-12-2018

Posting Summary:
The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Research Scientist in experimental medium-energy nuclear physics, anticipated to begin no later than June 2018.

The candidate will work with Prof. Xiaochao Zheng and Prof. Donal Day, with a focus on the following topics (ordered by priority):1) Play a leading role in the upcoming 12 GeV Hall C A1n experiment; 2) Data analysis focusing on completed JLab spin structure experiments (the group is currently leading the analysis of the Hall B EG4 and the Hall A small-angle GDH experiments); 3) Electromagnetic calorimeter (EMCal) R&D for the SoLID project, including prototype testing using both cosmic rays or test facilities (e.g. JLab, Beijing IHEP, Fermilab); 4) Assist the full-scale simulation for the SoLID EMCal; and 5) Use FLUKA to optimize shielding for the Compact Photons Source planned for Halls C and D. Based on the candidate's research background and profile, he/she may not be in charge of all tasks listed above, but should be able to carry out a majority of them.

The candidate will work with undergraduate students on a regular basis, and will assist in guiding graduate students within the group. The candidate is also encouraged to work on independent analysis and/or experimental proposals that will lead to journal publications and further career advancement.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in Physics. Multiple-years of research experience at the postdoctoral level is preferred. This is a one-year appointment which may be renewed for additional years, contingent on available funding and satisfactory performance.

To apply, complete a Candidate Profile online through [email protected] ( and search on posting number 0623024. Electronically attach a cover letter, C.V including publication list, a brief research statement and contact information for three professional references through AcademicJobsOnline ( or sent to Xiaochao Zheng, at Department of Physics, P.O. Box 400714, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4714.

Review of applications will begin May 1st, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Xiaochao Zheng ([email protected]) or Donal Day ([email protected]).

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or [email protected] should be directed to Andy Cavanaugh at 434-924-3798 or [email protected]

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an Equal opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans, and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Posted: 4/13/2018
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