Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University

The Astroparticle Physics Group at Carleton University is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join the team and contribute to the local research program that focuses on the search for neutrinoless double beta decays with nEXO. The group at Carleton University is conducting world-renowned research in the field of particle physics by contributing to major international efforts for the development of the next-generation high-sensitivity detectors for neutrinoless double beta decay and direct dark matter searches. Most notably, the group is an essential member of the nEXO, EXO-200 and DEAP-3600 collaborations with emphasis on current and future activities at SNOLab.

New detector technologies are required in order to greatly improve the sensitivity of the future nEXO detector. One of these technologies is the extraction and identification of the 136Xe decay daughter 136Ba, where only events with a positive identification of 136Ba will be considered for the search for new physics. This Ba-ion tagging technique allows discrimination against events induced by residual radioactivity and thus, an almost background-free measurement of double-beta decays in xenon.

The successful candidate will have a background in ion-manipulation techniques and the fields of nuclear or particle physics. The candidate willbe responsible to lead components of the R&D program which aim at demonstrating ion extraction from liquid Xe and high-pressure Xe gas as well as to optimize ion transport from the extraction facility up to the Ba-identification apparatus. The candidate is expected to operate existing scientific equipment, and design and supervise the construction of novel experimental infrastructure, in particular, RF-ion guides and a linear Paul trap for laser spectroscopy applications. A possible extension of responsibilities is the participation to ongoing physics searches with the EXO-200 detector.

The Carleton group is highly recognized in the fields of neutrino physics and dark matter search with crucial participation in award winning projects like SNO (Noble Prize 2015, Breakthrough Prize 2016). Carleton University is a core member of the Center for Astroparticle Physics Research of Canada (CPARC) initiative with various prospective openings for new faculty and research scientists.

Required Qualifications

- Hold a PhD degree in fields related to particle or nuclear physics

- Demonstrate experience and interest in hardware and experimental work

- Demonstrate experience or interest in ion physics, particularly ion manipulation

- Demonstrate management skills and the ability to work in a preemptive environment


Candidates are asked to send an email application with their CV, a statement of research interests and arrange to have up to three reference letters sent to

Professor David Sinclair

Email: sinclairatphysics [dot] carleton [dot] ca

Department of Physics

Room 2420 Herzberg Laboratories

Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive

Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, CANADA

Tel: +1-613-520-7536