Post-Doc Research Associate

Updated: 29 days ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
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Posting Details

Department Physics and Astronomy - 319000
Posting Open Date 06/01/2022
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Title Post-Doc Research Associate
Vacancy ID PDS003457
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
Hours per week 40
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range Dependent on Experience and Qualifications.
Proposed Start Date 09/01/2022
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
Our primary mission is providing instruction of the highest quality in physics and astronomy to undergraduate and graduate students at UNC-CH. Training in physics is fundamental among the natural sciences because it provides understanding of the forces governing the structure of matter, from subatomic particles to the large-scale structure of the universe.
Our departmental instructional mission spans all segments of the student community. Over 60% of all college graduates from UNC-CH have taken a course in our department. Among them: undergraduate liberal arts majors who should master the power of quantitative reasoning; undergraduates seeking a degree in another of the natural sciences, who need physics as a foundation for their advanced scientific training; the small number of undergraduates who major in physics, to whom we provide broad and rigorous training. Our graduate education and research advances frontiers of knowledge at the two extremes of space and time, from the very small) the realm of particle physics) to the very large (the realm of astronomy, while expanding the boundaries of knowledge in the many subfields spanning length scales between. Forefront physics and astronomy research requires access to well-equipped laboratories and extensive computing capabilities; it also must be supported by comprehensive and accessible library collections. Again, in research at this advanced level, the bridging aspect of physics provides basic interdisciplinary insight for many other sciences.
This instructional mission is supported by a strong managerial, administrative, and technical staff. Duties of these employees range from budget planning and management for the numerous research grants held by faculty in the department to maintaining course and student records. These activities are usually accomplished in a standard 40- hour week schedule.
Position Summary
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has an opening for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work in the area of nuclear astrophysics. The focus of the group is on direct and indirect measurements of nuclear reactions that occur in stars. This work directly impacts our understanding of the nucleosynthesis in stellar explosions, globular cluster stars, or presolar stardust grains. The successful applicant is expected to have experience in experimental nuclear physics research, preferably including work with ion accelerators, radiation detectors, data acquisition, and nuclear reaction codes. Experiments will mainly be performed at the Laboratory for Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics (LENA), the Enge Spectrograph, and the High-Intensity gamma-ray Source (HIGS), all of which are located at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL). Other experiments may take place at other facilities.
TUNL is one of four Department of Energy Nuclear Physics Centers of Excellence, with affiliated experimental and theoretical faculty from Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Located on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, TUNL draws collaborators worldwide, with opportunities in both accelerator and non-accelerator-based research.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was established in 1789 as the nation’s first public university. It is the 6th top-ranked university in the United States for federal research alone, totaling $721M annually. U.S. News & World Report also ranks the Triangle region (Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham) as #2 in their top 150 places to live in the U.S.A. There is a lively arts and music scene and ample opportunities for outdoor activities. In addition, the mountains are about a 3-hour drive and the shore is about 2.5 hours away.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
PhD in nuclear physics.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Experience in experimental nuclear physics research
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Preference will be given to applicants with experience working with ion accelerators, radiation detectors, data acquisition,and nuclear reaction codes. Preference will also be shown for applicants with a background in nuclear astrophysics .
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Special Instructions
Candidates should apply online at , where they can upload their curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, and a statement regarding their research interests and plans. Candidates will be prompted for contact information of three required references, who will be able to upload letters once the application is complete. Questions about this position posting may be directed to Prof. Christian ILIADIS ( The position is originally for one year, renewable by mutual consent for a period of up to 3 years. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
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