Physics

Positions Available

The Department of Physics at Michigan Tech prides itself on a commitment to cutting-edge research, while simultaneously providing top-notch education for both undergraduate and graduate students through hands-on learning experiences with outstanding faculty, staff, and facilities.

Open Positions

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Physics

The Department of Physics at Michigan Technological University (MTU) seeks to fill a faculty position at the rank of tenure‐track Assistant Professor or higher, starting Fall 2020. The opening is in atmospheric physics and a focus on theoretical or computational methods is preferred. Research that  complements other activities in atmospheric physics at MTU is encouraged.

Required qualifications include a PhD in physics or a closely related field, postdoctoral experience, a record of substantive research, and interest in teaching. Apply online and include: vita, statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information for three references. Application evaluation will begin November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Detailed information is about research and educational programs in the department can be found at mtu.edu/physics and in the Atmospheric Sciences PhD program at mtu.edu/atmospheric/

MTU is located in Houghton in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior. The area provides a unique setting where natural beauty, culture, education, and a diversity of residents from around the world come together to share a superb living and learning experience.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

The Gamma-Ray Astronomy group at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a postdoctoral position. We are seeking a highly qualified individual with interest and experience in astrophysics, particle physics, and astronomy in general. Particularly, we are looking for expertise in the detection of gamma and cosmic rays. The Michigan Tech group is a founding member of the HAWC Observatory and has been involved in the analysis and interpretation of HAWC data from the beginning of its operation. We are also members of the SWGO Collaboration, which is performing Research & Development for the construction of a wide-field-of-view, and very high duty-cycle, ground-based gamma-ray observatory in the southern hemisphere. The position will have equal components of data analysis, detector maintenance, and R&D.

Applications by researchers with experience in programming languages like C++ and Python and in gamma-ray detection techniques or the technology of water Cherenkov detectors are particularly encouraged. The successful candidate will be based at the Michigan Tech campus in Houghton, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and will be expected to travel to the HAWC site near Puebla, Mexico, for operations, detector maintenance, and R&D.

Research opportunities include study of gamma-ray emission from extended and point sources of TeV gamma rays such as pulsar wind nebulae, supernova remnants, binaries, and star forming regions. Other potential research avenues are diffuse gamma-ray emission, gamma-ray emission from large structures such as the Fermi bubbles, and molecular clouds. In this context, our group focuses on multi-messenger and multi-wavelengths astronomy. We are heavily involved in the development and application of software tools (e.g. The Multi-Mission Maximum Likelihood Framework or 3ML) allowing to simultaneously analyze and fit data collected with other instruments (e.g. VERITAS, Fermi). We are also in charge of the HAWC calibration system for which we are maintaining both software and hardware.

Moreover, the group is helping with the reconstruction and implementation of data collected with the HAWC “outrigger” upgrade, an addition of 345 small-size water Cherenkov detectors to the core array. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to analyze data from this extended HAWC array, which significantly improves the sensitivity of studies of highest energy gamma-ray emission to unprecedented levels.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics, in Particle Physics, or in Astrophysics, as well as research experience in experimental cosmic-ray physics, gamma-ray physics, or related fields, such as elementary particle physics, general astrophysics, or astronomy. The candidate must have demonstrated the ability to initiate or carry out work resulting in peer-reviewed publications.

Candidates will be considered until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date of the appointment is June or July 2020. Interested candidates should send their information including a letter or research statement expressing interest and experience related to the job description, a current resume, list of publications, and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references to Prof. Petra Huentemeyer (petra@mtu.edu).

Summer Research Experience for Grade 7-12 Science/Math Teacher

This is an on-campus research experience with Dr. Petra Huentemeyer and her research group, studying extreme astrophysical environments using data from the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma Ray Observatory. The teacher may focus their work on helping with the HAWC experiment, applying HAWC data to classroom lessons, or creating new materials around the ideas studied in HAWC research.

Applications are due March 15, 2020. Questions should be directed to Petra Huentemeyer.

 

MTU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer/educational institution. Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM.  Michigan Tech’s Dual Career Program is available to assist with partner orientation to the university and community and to explore employment opportunities.