Research Associate in Physics

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-04-25
Req: R0005312

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia (UVA) invites applicants for a Research Associate position to work on photonuclear experiments at the High Intensity Gamma Source (HIGS) of the Tri-Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) located on the campus of Duke University. 

Our program of experiments is focused primarily on photodisintegration of few-body systems with special attention to anomalous structures previously observed in two-body  final states of other reactions.  Preparations are currently underway for measurements of the Gerasimov-Drell-Hearn integrand for the deuteron with photon energies up to 20 MeV; of T20 for deuteron photodisintegration; of asymmetries in ; and of angular distributions in .   For these we have developed an 88-detector neutron detector array, are commissioning a 72-detector neutron polarimeter, and are collaborating with the University of Virginia Polarized Target Group to commission a dynamically polarized hydrogen/deuterium target.  These studies are being complemented by measurements of angular and energy asymmetries in the Bethe-Heitler process for which we are commissioning experimental apparatus consisting of a magnet, four multi-plane wire chambers, and two scintillator hodoscopes.  This program is being carried out in collaboration with scientists from UVA, the University of Saskatchewan, and Jefferson Lab as well as TUNL staff.  Our group consists of one faculty, one research associate, and three graduate students.  The successful candidate will be expected to take a leading role in the preparation, execution, and analysis of these experiments and will be encouraged to develop proposals for complementary experiments.  Experience with hardware (especially polarized targets), CAD software, and GEANT simulations is desirable.

Qualification Requirements:  Candidates must have a PhD degree in Physics by the appointment start date.  Strong knowledge, skills, and experience in at least some of the following are required: experimental nuclear or particle physics, detector design and construction, experimental simulation, dynamically polarized target construction or operation.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at  and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. 

This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For additional information about the position, please contact Blaine Norum, Professor, [email protected]

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at [email protected]

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 4/27/2019
Application Due: 6/26/2019
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