RESEARCH ASSOCIATE FOR THE PROJECT “Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe” SEARCHING DARK MATTER WITH FAST MACHINE LEARNING

* Full-time positions currently comprise 39 hours per week.
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in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative,
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The Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Physics,
Institute of Experimental Physics invites applications for a
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE FOR THE PROJECT
“Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe”
SEARCHING DARK MATTER WITH FAST MACHINE
LEARNING
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The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act
(Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on 1 March 2021 or later.
This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor
contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of
3 years. The position calls for 39 hours per Week. This position is also suitable for part time
employment.
Responsibilities:
Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also
pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.
Specific Duties:
The Cluster of Excellence “Quantum Universe” performs research to understand mass and
gravity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology. The research team includes
leading scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at
Universität Hamburg and DESY.
This position is at the interface between highly topical physics research and state-of-the art
online and offline triggering systems. It is intended to pursue research within the field of
experimental (astro)particle physics on low-threshold event classification in direct Dark Matter
searches using Machine Learning tools. The project is part of a cross-disciplinary joint effort
between members of the SuperCDMS collaboration and member of the Belle II collaboration,
Universität Hamburg has been certified.
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where the first is a direct Dark Matter search experiment and the second is an e+
e- collider
experiment. The successful candidate will become a member of SuperCDMS and be in close
contact with Belle II researchers. She/He is expected to develop fast Machine Learning classifier
algorithms with the goal to lower the trigger threshold on FPGA-level. The successful candidate
is expected to contribute to Dark Matter search analyses using SuperCDMS data.
Research associates will become a member of the Quantum Universe research school (QURS)
and through this receive offers for academic training, soft skills, and career planning. In
addition, they will receive individual budgets, meant to enable them to attend summer
schools, conferences or other educational and supporting measures. Additional travel money
for project-specific duties will be made available via the hosting research groups. Research
associates may participate in teaching at the University and in the organization of the Cluster
via an early career council.
Requirements:
A university degree in a relevant field. This includes but is not limited to physics, electrical
engineering, and informatics engineering. In addition, hands-on experience in C++ and/or
Python programming is required. Desirable are a Ph.D. as well as a strong background in
experimental (astro)particle physics, data analysis, machine learning and/or experience in
FPGA programming. If the successful candidate does not yet have a Ph.D. in physics but is
eligible, she/he is offered to pursue it, which would call for a two-third part-time position. The
regular duration of a PhD at the Department of Physics is three years.
Further required are a very good command of English, very good teamwork, communication
and presentation skills and the ability and eligibility to travel to North America.
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently
underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation
conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz,
HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable
female applicants will receive preference.
Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the
application process.
For further information, please contact Dr. Belina von Krosigk
(belina.von.krosigk@uni-hamburg.de) or consult our websites at
https://www1.physik.uni-hamburg.de/en/iexp/gruppe-krosigk.html and
www.qu.uni-hamburg.de.
Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree
certificate(s), and three letters of recommendation. Please send applications by
31 December 2020 to: belina.von.krosigk@uni-hamburg.de and office@qu.uni-hamburg.de.
Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents
submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

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