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Colorado State University Experimental Particle Physics - Postdoctoral Fellow in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Experimental Particle Physics - Postdoctoral Fellow

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202000526AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Desired Start Date 09/01/2020

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 08/11/2020

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Physics maintains a tradition of excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Department Postdoctoral positions participate in research with programs in many of the most active and exciting areas of physics. The HEP group at Colorado State University has leading roles on the NOvA and DUNE long-baseline neutrino experiments, the Fermilab short-baseline neutrino program, as well as the SciDAC 4 HEP Data Analytics project at Fermilab . Prof. Buchanan’s group is focused on cross-section measurements and data-driven trigger leadership on the NOvA experiment, software, computing, and detector development for the DUNE experiment, and HEP high-performance computing tool development for modeling and fitting neutrino datasets collected across a range of experiments.

Position Summary

The High-Energy Physics group of Prof. Norm Buchanan in the Department of Physics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in experimental neutrino physics. The position will involve development of computing-based tools for modeling and analyzing neutrino data in for the DUNE and NOvA experiments, as well as taking a leading role in the analysis of data collected with the NOvA experiment.

Required Job Qualifications

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in physics or a related field.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Research experience in experimental high-energy physics. Programming experience (C++, or other object-oriented languages) and experience with the analysis of high-energy physics experimental data would be an asset.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research


Main research topics are: (1) analysis of NOvA data; (2) development computing tools for data modeling and data analysis for NOvA and DUNE; (3) detector operation shifts or other service tasks for the NOvA experiment.

Percentage Of Time 90

Job Duty Category Supervision


Assistance with supervision of graduate students working on NOvA and DUNE projects.

Percentage Of Time 10

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by 08/11/2020 with a cover letter addressing how your experience aligns with the required and preferred qualifications, resume, and three letters of recommendation. Your referees will be emailed a request for a letter of reference immediately upon submission of your application. Please inform your referees that letters should be submitted by 8/18/2020. All three letters are required to be considered a complete application.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Alicia Armentrout

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523, (970) 491-1715.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Optional Documents