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SCIPP: Specialist Pool

Position overview

Position title: SCIPP Specialist (Junior Specialist - Associate Specialist Ranks)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience (see section D. Qualifications of the CAPM 602.230 Specialist Series). A reasonable estimate for this position is an annual salary between $51,300 - $82,100. The posted UCSC Salary Scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment (see the scale titled, Represented Specialist Series Fiscal Year). “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
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 December 2023 through December 2024. 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, but in some cases may be for a shorter period of time based on the unit's research need and/or availability of funding. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.

Application Window

Open date: November 1, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Dec 1, 2023 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: Thursday, Oct 31, 2024 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.

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 ePIC nuclear physics experiment at Brookhaven 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 our current list of SCIPP research scientists), 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 , Assistant Specialist, and Associate Specialist ranks depending on the candidate's education, qualifications, and years of research experience. For more information on the rank qualifications for the Specialist title series, please refer to CAPM 602.330 Specialist Series.

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

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

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

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of publications (if any). Please include DOI links or the URLs of PDFs.

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

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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