What is SuperCDMS?
The Cryogenic Dark Matter Search is a collaboration of 18 institutions from the U.S., Canada, and Spain. Our experiment, named SuperCDMS, is currently located in the Soudan Iron Mine in Soudan, MN. We go deep under the earth to shield ourselves from cosmic-ray radiation so that we can use our detector technology to "listen" for the passage of dark matter through the earth. Dark matter is currently believed to be a non-luminous form of matter which makes up 85% of the matter in the universe. Southern Methodist University is a member of the collaboration. Please find here more information about the experiment.
Opportunities at SMU
Prof. Jodi Cooley is the Principal Investigator for the SMU SCDMS group. She is a member of the CDMS, SuperCDMS, and GEODM collaborations, all of which employ solid-state cryogenic dark matter technology. SMU is involved in several key aspects of these current and future experiments, including: data analysis and analysis leadership, background characterization and rejection. Our group is also involved in the design of shielding for the next generation dark matter experiment that our collaboration is planning for deployment in the SNOLAB underground facility in Canada.
Postdoctoral Research Opportunity
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher in the SuperCDMS group at Southern Methodist University (SMU). The SuperCDMS collaboration is currently operating an experiment for the direct detection of dark matter. The experiment is located in the Soudan Underground Laboratory in northern Minnesota. The experiment contains 15 Ge cryogenic detectors, each photolithographically patterned to collect phonon and ionization signals from the interactions of WIMPs in the crystals. The SuperCDMS detectors have enhanced design features that gives them superior background rejection capabilities over the original CDMS detectors. In addition, the collaboration is planning a larger next generation experiment to be deployed in SNOLAB, Sudbury, Canada.
The SMU group is involved in analysis of the SuperCDMS data, simulations of shield designs of the proposed SNOLAB experiment and low background material screening. Candidates with experience in advance statistical and multivariate analysis techniques are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be stationed at SMU in Dallas, TX and will be expected to travel to the site of the experiment for detector operations several times a year.
Applications should include a CV with publications list and a statement of research interests. Please also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor Jodi Cooley. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. This position requires a Ph.D. in physics or a related field. Candidates with a background in particle and/or astrophysics are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is August 30, 2013.
Professor Jodi Cooley
SMU - Physics Department
P.O. Box 0175
Dallas, TX 75275-0175
SMU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. SMU will not discriminate on the basis ofrace, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status.
- April 15, 2013: The CDMS collaboration releases preprints arxiv:1304.4279 and arxiv:1304.3706 with new results in the search for dark matter using the CDMS II silicon detectors.
- May 2011: The CDMS and Edelweiss Collaborations publish results from a combined analysis in Physical Review D. See our preprint (arXiv:1105.3377)
- March 26, 2010: The CDMS-II Collaboration results from final data appear in the journal Science. See the abstract.
- February 11, 2010: The CDMS-II Collaboration results from final data appear online in Science. See the abstract.
- December 17, 2009: Prof. Cooley presents the results of the final exposure of the CDMS II experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. (Video) (Slides)