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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 National Science Center (NCN), through grant OPUS-24 nr 2022/47/B/ST2/02015.


The duties of the successful applicant will involve work on different aspects of the liquid-argon dark matter detectors, specifically, development and optimization of the Monte Carlo simulation of the Global Argon Dark Matter Collaboration detectors, participation in the installation of the DarkSide-20k detector at LNGS, preparatory work and tests of hardware components, including wavelength shifting films, to be installed in the detector 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++ or 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 at https://www.camk.edu.pl/media/uploads_current/o_instytucie/rodo/rodo_deklaracja_ncn_ang.pdf


Applications should be sent in pdf form to recruitment@camk.edu.pl with a subject “Scholarship in Direct Dark Matter Detection”.


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


The deadline for applications is 7 July 2024, 23:59 CET; the applications will be reviewed by the recruitment committee soon after this date and will be resolved by 18 July 2024.

The review will be carried out according to the "Regulations for awarding NCN scholarships for NCN-funded research projects" (Annex to Resolution No 25/2019 of the NCN Council, dated on March 14, 2019).


The studentship is available for 16 months in the total amount of 5.000 PLN/month, gross.

The envisaged starting date is 1 October 2024.