CRESST Postdoc 2017

Postdoctoral Position

Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich

Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

Jobcode 20170811

Type of Job


Postdoctoral position for the CRESST experiment

Job Offer from August 11, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is a research institute focusing on particle and astroparticle physics from both an experimental and a theoretical perspective. We invite applications for a Postdoctoral position for the CRESST experiment.

CRESST is a dark matter search based on scintillating cryogenic calorimeters and is located at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory in central Italy. CRESST is a worldwide leading experiment in the search of light dark matter candidates to explain the lack of matter in the universe.

The CRESST group at MPP has a many year leadership in the development and operation of the low-threshold high-performance detectors that are needed to reach the experimental sensitivity.The responsibility of the CRESST group at MPP comprises all essential aspects of the experiment, with special emphasis on development and fabrication of detectors, cryogenics, DAQ and data analysis. The group is also leading the detector R&D for the CRESST-III upgrade to phase 2 foreseen for 2019. New developments will be tested in dilution refrigerators at MPP or in our cryostat dedicated for detector R&D at Gran Sasso.

Your tasks

The successful candidate is expected to take a major role in detector R&D for the next phase of the experiment and/or in the analysis of data of the presently ongoing phase. He/she should have good communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team as well as independently. The candidate is also expected to contribute to the on-site support at LNGS and to the planned upgrade of the CRESST experiment.

Your profile

Candidates must hold or be near completion of a PhD in experimental physics at the time of recruitment. A person with strong laboratory skills and a predilection toward instrumentation would be ideal for detector R&D. The candidate should have a background in astroparticle-, particle- or nuclear physics. Experience with cryogenic detectors and dilution refrigerators as well as in low background methods are an advantage.

Our offer

The position is limited to a period of initially three years, with a possible extension to up to five years. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the German public service pay scale (TVöD Bund).

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Your application

For further information please contact Dr. Federica Petricca (E-Mail: ). Interested scientists should send their applications (including a CV, list of publications and a statement of research interest) until 30 September 2017 and arrange for three recommendation letters to be received by the same date at:

Max Planck Institute for Physics
(Werner Heisenberg Institute)
Sybille Rodriguez
Föhringer Ring 6
80805 Munich


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