The University of California Davis Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to invite applications for the Brinson Prize Fellowship in Experimental Physics to begin in the Fall of 2021. The Brinson Prize Fellow is a two-year position with the possibility of an additional year.
The Brinson Fellow will join a search for a very low mass dark matter candidate: the dark photon. The experiment is called Dark E-field Radio, and the Brinson Fellow will participate in the design of novel RF instrumentation, search strategy for time-spectrum data from multiple detectors, and spearhead the next phase of the search beyond 1 GHz. Creativity and demonstrated expertise in RF systems, weak signal detection, microwave instrumentation, and RF simulation tools are required. Involvement with inventing and planning the next generation of laboratory searches for dark matter will be welcome. For background see http://arxiv.org/abs/2101.02805.
The department has several groups probing the nature of dark matter, ranging from underground searches, accelerator experiments, to strong and weak gravitational lens probes. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to join our astrophysics group probing the physics of dark matter using Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). Members of the UC community enjoy guaranteed access to the Keck telescopes.
UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.