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We Are:
Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.  We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and at locations around the world, including deep underground mines in South Dakota and Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole.

We are strategic risk takers, innovators, and collaborators. We are engineers, scientists, technicians, administrative professionals. We are 1,800 employees advancing knowledge for the benefit of humankind. Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 40 years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible. We collect and analyze the data from those experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world. We conduct this research on a 6,800-acre prairie, 35 miles outside Chicago, a treasure that has been designated a National Environmental Research Park.

Open Date: October 1, 2022
Close Date: November 15, 2022

Fermilab is pleased to invite applications for the David N. Schramm
Postdoctoral Fellowship in experimental particle astrophysics and
cosmology. The Schramm Fellowship is aimed at recent PhD recipients
with a proven research record and prior experience in experimental
particle astrophysics, cosmology, or closely related fields. This position
provides the opportunity to bridge existing experimental efforts and
participate in the development of new experimental projects. The
successful candidate is expected to do original research that will
capitalize on the scientific, computing, engineering, and technical
expertise available at Fermilab.

The successful candidate will be hosted by the Fermilab Cosmic
Physics Center (FCPC). The FCPC plays a critical role in a wide range
of experimental efforts in the disciplines of dark energy (DES, DESI,
and Rubin LSST), cosmic microwave background (SPT-3G and CMBS4),
and dark matter direct detection (ADMX, SuperCDMS, SENSEI,
and Oscura), as well as hosting an active group in theoretical
astrophysics and cosmology. The Schramm Fellowship provides the
opportunity to participate in the development of new projects targeting
dark energy, dark matter, early-universe physics, and related detector
R&D leveraging the strengths of Fermilab.

The position is a 3-year appointment with the possibility for extension
of up to two (2) additional years. The position comes with a competitive
salary and excellent benefits.

Respects, understands and values individual differences that embody
the principles of diversity.

Abide by all environment, safety, and health regulations.

You Will:
  • Pursuing studies of fundamental physics.
  • Publishing scientific papers.
  • Presenting work at scientific conferences, workshops, and
  • reviews.
  • Contributing to scientific activities at the Fermilab Cosmic
  • Physics Center.

We Are Looking For:
  • Ph.D. in Physics, Astrophysics, or relevant subject.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including presentations to large international scientific collaborations and conferences.

Application Instructions:
Interested candidates should submit via Academic Jobs Online:
1) Cover Letter stating your desire to be considered for the David N.
Schramm Fellowship
2) Curriculum Vitae (include education, employment, summary of
relevant experience, and a list of publications to which you made
important contributions)
3) Research Statement giving a focused description of your past and
proposed research program
4) Science Culture Statement not to exceed two (2) pages. Examples
of topics might include discussion of the diversity, equity, inclusion
within our scientific community and/or broader impacts such as
outreach, education, environment and advocacy.
5) Three References who will write letters on your behalf (to be
submitted by the reference writers at the AJO site).
For general information about this position, please contact Dr. Alex
Drlica-Wagner at

Physical Activity and Work Conditions
HUMAN FACTORS: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Standing, and Tight
Work Schedule.

In addition, the ability to travel by automobile and/or commercial air
carrier both domestically and internationally may be required.

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes a diverse and inclusive environment based on mutual respect is essential to our mission. Fermilab is committed to recruiting and developing the most hardworking people and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, country of birth, geography/postal code, disability, marital status, parental or gestational status, or other non-merit factor.