Postdoctoral Fellow, Astroparticle Physics (PICO)


Competition No.  -    A107844684
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The PICO group at the Centre for Particle Physics at the University of Alberta (see has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher. The successful candidate will join our activities at SNOLAB associated with the PICO dark matter experiment.

The PICO experiment is the result of the merger of the PICASSO and COUPP collaborations. PICO is currently operating a large bubble chamber at SNOLAB called PICO-40L. This chamber is expected to deliver another world leading result in the area of spin-depended dark matter searches. The PICO collaboration is also in the process of designing and building another large-scale, super-heated dark matter detector at SNOLAB called PICO-500. The duties of this position will include designing, modeling, building, testing and commissioning ultra-low-background detectors, as well as developing software for Monte Carlo simulations and data analysis. The Alberta group on PICO has two faculty members, one research associate, one postdoctoral fellow and several graduate students. Our group is responsible for the optical data acquisition system of PICO-40L, for parts of the optical data reconstruction, for the thermal control system of PICO-500 and several other important subsystems of the new detector.

The position will be based at the University of Alberta and will allow the successful candidate to get hands on experience at the SNOLAB facility in Sudbury (see, once Covid-related restrictions are loosened again. Experience in the field of experimental neutrino physics or dark matter searches is an asset. For fieldwork a driver’s license is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will have a recent PhD in experimental particle astrophysics, experimental nuclear or particle physics, or in a closely related field. The original appointment will be for two years, up to three years in special circumstances, subject to funding. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits information can be found here

Applicants should provide a detailed CV, a brief statement of research interests, and arrange to have at least three letters of reference forwarded to:

                                Prof. Carsten B. Krauss (

                                Centre for Particle Physics

                                Department of Physics CCIS 4-181

                                University of Alberta

                                Edmonton Alberta CANADA

                                T6G 2E1


The review of applications will begin on March 25th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank all applicants for their time and effort but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be considered for future vacancies.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

How to Apply

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.