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Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics(SCIPP): SCIPP Specialist (Open until filled. Apply by 7/30/2020)

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 30th, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, Jul 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Jan 4, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a SCIPP Specialist, with duties lying at the interface of technical, engineering, and scientific skills. 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, micro-electrode array systems for neurobiology, and the development of instrumentation for next-generation X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) facilities.

Under the direction of Professor Bruce Schumm, the Specialist will apply technical and engineering skills to make scientific and scholarly contributions to SCIPP research projects by taking on responsibilities in the development, characterization, and application of particle/nuclear instrumentation and instrumentation systems, 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 optimized solid-state (silicon and diamond) sensor design, test development for characterizing unique sensors or ASICs, including test-beam campaigns at U.S. National Laboratories.

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

  • CAD-based design for analog electronics or mechanics
  • TCAD-based simulations of semiconductor devices
  • Light machining experience
  • Advanced instrumentation development
  • Sensor and electronics characterization, including test-beam campaigns

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

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Master’s degree (or foreign equivalent degree) or a Bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent degree) with two years’ post-baccalaureate experience that is relevant to the advertised position. The degree must be in Physics, Engineering, or related a field. Degree requirements must be met at the time of application.
  • A minimum of one-year of Micro-electronics assembly and testing experience.

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.

Initial appointment will be full time for one year. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.

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

Please refer to Position # JPF00832-20T in all correspondence.


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

Reference Requirement
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five 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 (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by July 30, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California


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.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required