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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Particle Physics
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
Physics & Astronomy/HEPG
UH Manoa
Date Posted:
August 05, 2015
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins September 15, 2015
Salary Information:
We offer a competitive stipend, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
Temporary - Not to Exceed: December 31, 2018
Federal Funding

Other Conditions:
  • Expected start of employment is October 15, 2015. The position is renewable annually for up to three years, depending on federal funding and satisfactory performance.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow in particle physics. The Belle-II experiment at SuperKEKB will explore new physics in the flavor sector with a luminosity about 40 times greater than in Belle. This international project, which is an upgrade of KEKB and Belle, is approved and has been funded by the Japanese government. SuperKEKB starts in January 2016 with Belle II outer detector roll-in in 2017.
  2. We expect the successful candidate to play a strong role in the development and commissioning of the iTOP particle identification detector for Belle-II, which is a critical component of the new detector and is used to separate pions and kaons.
  3. The successful candidate will participate in the debugging, commissioning and calibration of the iTOP particle identification detector for the Belle-II experiment at the SuperKEKB asymmetric e+e- collider at the KEK laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan. The University of Hawaii has responsibilities for the readout of this detector using innovative "oscilloscope on a chip" fast waveform sampling ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) technology. Details of the waveform are recorded in order to isolate Cerenkov photons in pixelated micro-channel PMTs (photomultipliers). The large data flow is reduced to manageable levels with the use of real-time fast feature extraction.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. We seek an outstanding, highly motivated candidate who is strong in hardware and electronics and who enjoys working as part of a larger team.
  2. A PhD in experimental high energy physicsor astro-particle physics is required to begin employment;
  3. some experience with modern particle detectors and data analysis techniques is also required
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Previous experience with FPGA's (field programmable gate arrays) and ASICs is highly desirable.

To Apply:
Please submit a curriculum vitae, list of references,description of past research, and a list of publications, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent. Electronic submission of both application material and letters is strongly encouraged. All material should be sent to, cc Please combine all your application material into a single pdf file, and use the subject your application material into a single pdf file, and use the subject line "Belle II iTOP Postdoctoral Search"
  1. Prof. Gary Varner/ Department of Physics and Astronomy
  2. c/o Ms. Janet Bruce/HEP Postdoctoral Search
  3. University of Hawaii at Manoa
  4. 2505 Correa Road,
  5. Honolulu, HI 96822
  1. Gary Varner;
  2. Jan Bruce;

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