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Research Associate – Experimental Particle Astrophysics (Postdoctoral), Batavia Illinois

November 14, 2012 Leave a comment

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The Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics (FCPA) has an excellent postdoctoral opportunity to carry out high-quality research within its experimental particle astrophysics program.  Current projects within the FCPA cover a broad range of topics including the direct detection of dark matter (SuperCDMS, COUPP, DarkSide), investigating dark energy via astrophysical survey (Dark Energy Survey), probing the Planckian quantum structure of space-time (Holometer), and studying the highest energy cosmic rays (Pierre Auger Observatory). There are also opportunities to participate in the development of new projects targeting dark energy or dark matter science, axion searches, and detector R&D. Members of the FCPA interact regularly with experimental/theoretical scientists and members of various engineering and technical departments throughout the laboratory.  The selected professional will be expected to contribute to other activities within the FCPA, including seminars, a journal club and an informal talk series.  For more information about the FCPA, please visit .

This position is for a period of up to three (3) years, with the potential for extension considered on a yearly basis thereafter.

Ph.D. in Physics or a discipline relevant to experimental particle astrophysics

Living in Batavia:

Research Associate salary: Not specified. The average reported income for Research Associates at Fermilabs is $52K, ranging from $49K to $55K: Glass Door

The cost of living in Batavia is 17% higher than average in the United States: Best Places

Average household income is $92K: City Data

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Batavia public schools: Batavia public schools overall received a 9 out of 10: Great Schools.  Grace McWayne Elementary School received a 9, Sam Rotolo Middle School received a 9, and Batavia Senior High School received a 10.

Average daily high in July is 84 degrees, average daily high in January is 30 degrees:

Natural disasters that Batavia is most susceptible to: Tornadoes, cold, flooding, hail, heat, winter storms, drought, heavy snow, and strong wind:

Batavia is about 35 miles west of Chicago, and has a population of 28K people.  The city was founded in 1833.