Scientific Research Associate

California, United States
09 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
09 Nov 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Summary

The BICEP Array experiment is being constructed to make sensitive, multi-frequency polarization measurements of the cosmic microwave background. At its highest frequency, the experiment requires ~20,000-element detector arrays operating at photon-limited sensitivity. The candidate will: 1) develop superconducting multiplexed detector and readout systems for BICEP Array CMB; 2) lead the performance testing of detector arrays to show that they meet photon noise limited sensitivity with the required optical and polarization performance; and 3) implement these arrays in BICEP Array receiver systems for scientific observations.

Job Duties

  • The candidate will assemble and operate cryogenic test systems for measuring electrical and optical performance of the detector arrays
  • The applicant will carry out tests of the detector arrays including noise performance, magnetic susceptibility, and optical characterization
  • Finally the candidate will summarize findings in scientific publications

Basic Qualifications

  • Doctorate in physics or astronomy with at least 5 years of experience in the development of superconducting detectors

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience with CMB measurements and data analysis

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation desired