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Colorado State University Theoretical Particle Physics - Postdoctoral Fellow in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Theoretical Particle Physics - Postdoctoral Fellow

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202000775AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $38,000 - $52,000

Desired Start Date 09/01/2021

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 11/22/2020

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Physics is comprised of 20 regular full-time faculty members with research programs in theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; and high-energy and particle astrophysics. Research activities often require the construction and modification of custom scientific instrumentation. Information about the Department of Physics may be found at This site also has links to information about Fort Collins and environs. It is an attractive community of about 160,000 inhabitants on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. Colorado State University has an enrollment of about 32,000 students and the department teaches approximately 4,000 students per year. Fort Collins is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States.

Prof. Berger’s HEPPA theory group studies the phenomenology of a variety of models beyond the Standard Model of particle physics and interfaces closely with the HEPPA experiment group. Members of the CSU High Energy Physics and Particle Astrophysics experimental research group work on several forefront experiments to explore the fundamental properties of neutrinos: the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), T2K, NOvA, Fermilab Short-Baseline Neutrino (SBN) program, EXO-200 and nEXO. The HEPPA program has been designated a Colorado State University Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence.

Position Summary

The High-Energy Physics theory group of Prof. Joshua Berger in the Department of Physics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in theoretical particle physics. The position will involve studies of models of particle physics beyond the Standard Model, including but not limited to topics such as dark matter, neutrino physics, matter—anti-matter asymmetry, and particle cosmology.

Required Job Qualifications

Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree in physics or related field by start date and have research experience in theoretical high energy particle and/or astroparticle physics.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience in computational physics and/or scientific computer programming. Strong record of scientific publication in peer reviewed journals. Ability to work independently on original research projects. Strong written and oral communication skills. Strong teamwork and leadership skills.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research


Conducting original research in the field of theoretical high energy particle and/or astroparticle physics, including collaboration with Prof. Berger’s HEPPA theory group.

Percentage Of Time 90

Job Duty Category Supervision


Working with and leading graduate and undergraduate students on HEPPA theory research projects.

Percentage Of Time 10

Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application includes: Cover Letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, Resume, Statement of Research Philosophy, and the names and contact information for three professional references. References will be contacted immediately upon submission of application and will receive an email with a link to submit their letter. For an application to be considered complete, all three letters of recommendation must be submitted prior to November 30, 2020. No mail in applications or letters will be accepted.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Joshua Berger;

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523, (970) 491-1715.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume or CV

  • Statement of Research Philosophy

Optional Documents