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Scholarship in Direct Dark Matter Detection

The Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center in Warsaw, Poland, invites applications for a student scholarship funded by the Polish National Science Center. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Marcin Kuźniak on the project "Search for dark matter with liquid argon detectors " funded by the Polish National Science Center (NCN), through grant OPUS-24 nr 2022/47/B/ST2/02015.


This duties of the successful applicant will involve work on different aspects of the liquid-argon dark matter detectors, specifically analysis of DEAP-3600 data, evaluation of pulse shape discrimination power and background modeling, extending the software tools to handle SiPM data, as well as, analysis of commissioning data from prototypes / test-stands within the Global Argon Dark Matter Collaboration.

The main requirement for this position is the possession of a valid MSc degree or equivalent in physics (or astronomy, mathematics or engineering). Good knowledge of English and experience with programming, analysis of experimental data and Monte Carlo simulation will be required: good programming skills in C++ and python, optionally, familiarity with ROOT or Geant4. Hardware experience will also be an advantage.


The applicants should provide:

  • a CV including education history, information about scientific achievements (publications, awards and scholarships, participation in scientific conferences, workshops and research programs),
  • a short letter of motivation,
  • a copy of the diploma (master, engineer) - including the list of course grades,
  • at least one recommendation letter (can be sent directly by the author to the same email address),
  • a scan of the signed NCN GDPR document available here


Applications should be sent in pdf form to recruitment@camk.edu.pl


Enquiries about the studentships can also be addressed to mkuzniak@camk.edu.pl


The deadline for applications is 24 November 2023; the applications will be reviewed by the recruitment committee soon after this date and will be resolved by 30 November 2023.

The review will be carried out according to the NCN rules (https://www.ncn.gov.pl/sites/default/files/pliki/uchwaly-rady/2019/uchwala25_2019-zal1_ang.pdf).


The studentship is available for 24 months, with a possibility of extension, but not longer than up to 12 additional months (in case of the grant extending), in the total amount of 5000 PLN/month, gross.


The envisaged starting date is 1 January 2024.