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The Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics (IPA http://www.ipa.phys.ethz.ch ) of ETH Zurich invites applications for a material scientist or mechanical engineer, to work with the Neutrino and Dark Matter research group on the R&D that aims at developing new cutting-edge techniques to build future particle detectors involving additive manufacturing.
A typical scintillator detector is made of plastic mixed with dopants to produce scintillation light when it is crossed by electrically-charged particles, such as electrons and protons. Future experiments will deploy massive fine-granularity plastic-scintillator detectors. Standard production techniques, such as injection moulding, cast or extrusion, would incur issues due to the long production time and difficult assembly, dealing with the production of several million small volumes.
The goal of the project is to develop new production techniques that involve additive manufacturing.
The group is looking for outstanding applicants on the M.Sc level, ideally already with some research experience in additive manufacturing, and simulations of 3D-printing processes and interest in participating to the development of future particle detectors. The candidate will carry tests on different 3D printing machines, such as laser sintering and/or fused deposition modelling, available at IPA and set the basics for the first 3D printed scintillator detector in a particle physics experiment.
The IPA Neutrino and Dark Matter group (https://rubbia-group.ethz.ch ) has a strong involvement in the R&D of particle detectors for neutrino oscillation and dark matter experiments, thus in the operation of large particle physics experiments, and has a research line devoted to the development of new production methods for scintillator detectors.
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