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New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Date Posted 02/18/2020
Salary $57,000 -  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Perform research in high-energy nuclear physics.

The position will be based at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory as part of the SpinQuest Collaboration using the Main Injector proton beam. The primary objective of the SpinQuest experiment is to measure the sea-quark Sivers asymmetry in Drell-Yan production, using transversely polarized proton and deuteron targets. A non-zero sea-quark Sivers asymmetry directly implies non-zero orbital angular momentum for sea quarks. Additionally, SpinQuest will conduct a parasitic search for dark photons using in-place equipment. This approved experiment is currently being installed and commissioning will begin during the summer of 2019. The primary responsibility of our group is the development of track reconstruction and event simulation software, and we have also been involved in detector testing and commissioning; there are many possibilities within the experiment for involvement in other hardware or software tasks, especially in the area of data analysis and publication.

Classification Summary

Assist, instruct and function as a role model for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a relevant research program.

Classification Standard Duties

Supervise, direct, delegate and evaluate work of assigned staff. Oversee and/or conduct research. Assist in technical support for the delegated project. Create new opportunities by preparing and submitting new project proposals to national funding agencies. Perform related duties as required.


Knowledge of university and department policies and procedures; principles and practices of organization and administration; principles of supervision, training, mentoring and performance evaluation; research techniques and designs; methodologies; data collection and analysis.


Skills in short- and long-range planning; problem analysis and resolution; report preparation and presentation; public contact and relations; oral and written communication; literature reviews and compilation; material development for scientific and non-scientific audiences; grant writing and peer reviewed publications; modification of existing models or development of new models. The applicant may be responsible for, but not limited to, assisting in technical and outreach support in the department and organizing outreach events and conferences addressing activities associated with the research project.


Ability to direct, evaluate, train and supervise the work of assigned personnel; develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct activities; analyze and evaluate information; make presentations; work as a member of a team; write technical reports, conference presentation papers, peer-reviewed journal articles and grant proposals.

Required Education

Doctorate degree in related field.

Required Experience

No previous work experience required.

Equivalency None Preferred Qualifications

Experience in experimental medium-energy or high-energy nuclear physics or particle physics is preferred.

Required Certification/License Special Requirements

The successful candidate will work with our experimental nuclear and particle physics group, currently consisting of two faculty members (Stephen Pate and Vassili Papavassiliou) with the possible addition of a third in the near future; one other research associate; and several graduate students.

Other Departmental Requirements Standard Work Schedule Standard (M-F, 8-5) If not a Standard Work Schedule, please describe Physical Work Location State IL-Illinois Physical Work Location County, if in New Mexico County outside of NM Work Site Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Contingent Upon Funding Contingent upon external funds Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement Statement This is NOT a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Tenure Track No Posting Date 02/15/2019 Closing Date 04/15/2019 Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional) Anticipated Job End Date, if applicable (optional) Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicants

The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort


Work is normally performed indoors.

Physical Effort

Light physical effort. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.

Lifting Requirements

Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking.


Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

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