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SCIPP: Specialist (Ongoing Pool)

Application Window

Open November 26th, 2019 through Sunday, Aug 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by August 1st, 2021, you will have until August 31st, 2021 to complete your application.

Position description

The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an ongoing pool of SCIPP Specialists, with duties similar to that of technician or engineer in the industrial sector. SCIPP is a pioneer in the development of silicon detectors for elementary particles with expertise in both silicon micro-strip and pixel detectors and fast timing detectors, as well as radiation tolerant readout electronics for such detector systems. Some of the major projects in which SCIPP is presently involved include the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, particularly the upgrade of ATLAS for the High Luminosity operation, the Heavy Photon Search experiment at Jefferson National Laboratory, and microelectrode array systems for neurobiology.

Under the direction of the SCIPP Director and a designated SCIPP Research Scientist (see current list of SCIPP Research Scientists at, the Specialists will contribute technical skills to make scientific and scholarly contributions to SCIPP research projects by assisting with instrumentation development and production, implementing and monitoring safe laboratory practices, fostering collaborative relationships with other scientists and agencies, and contributing to technical publications, presentations, and/or reports.

All candidates are expected to have micro-electronics assembly and testing experience. Example projects may include silicon strip module assembly, thin high-bandwidth cable testing, test development for characterizing unique sensors or ASICs.

Applicants with experience in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • CAD-based design for analog electronics or mechanics
  • Industrial automation
  • Advanced instrumentation development
  • Advanced degree in Physics, Engineering or related fields

Appointments will be made at the Junior Specialist to Specialist titles depending on education, qualifications, and years of research experience. For more information on the Specialist rank qualifications, please visit

The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Junior Specialist – Specialist, determined by qualifications and experience (see rank qualifications at

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (or foreign equivalent degree) in Physics, Engineering, or related fields at the time of application.
  • Micro-electronics assembly and testing experience

Appointments are contingent on the hiring unit’s research need and the availability of funding. Initial appointments are typically full-time for a period of one-year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00768-20P in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Publications list (optional)

Reference Requirement
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Note that your references or dossier service will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (e.g., dossier service, career center, etc.), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted through August 1, 2021. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments beginning January 2, 2020 through July 30, 2022. Initial appointments made after this period must be made through other recruitments.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-3676.

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Publication List (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Job location

Santa Cruz, California