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SCIPP: Specialist Pool

Position overview

Position title: SCIPP Specialist
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience (see rank qualifications at
Percent time: Full-time (100%), but occasionally initial appointments may be less than full-time based on the unit's research need and/or availability of funding.
Anticipated start: Appointments are contingent on the hiring unit’s research need and the availability of funding. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments beginning in September 2022 through September 2023. Initial appointments with effective dates outside of this recruitment period will require an alternative open recruitment.
Position duration: Initial appointments are typically for a period of one-year. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.

Application Window

Open August 3, 2022 through Monday, Jul 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by July 31, 2023, you will have until August 14, 2023 to complete your application.

Position description

The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics 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, the development of advanced sensors for fast timing and high repetition-rate applications, 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.

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

  • Micro-electronics
  • 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 Associate Specialist titles depending on education, qualifications, and years of research experience. For more information on the rank qualifications for the Specialist title series, please visit
The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (or foreign equivalent degree) in physics, engineering, or related fields.
  • Micro-electronics assembly and testing experience.

Application Requirements

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

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

  • Publication List

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation*. 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

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Campus Information

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) 459-2686.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California