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3D printing particle detector in the Neutrino and Dark Matter group
100%, Zurich, fixed-term
The Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics (IPA
https:// www. ipa.phys.ethz.ch) of ETH Zurich invites applications for a
material scientist or mechanical engineer, to work with the Neutrino and Dark
Matter research group on the R&D that aims at developing new cutting-edge
techniques to build future particle detectors involving additive
A typical scintillator detector is made of plastic mixed with dopants to
produce scintillation light when it is crossed by electrically-charged
particles, such as electrons and protons. Future experiments will deploy
massive fine-granularity plastic-scintillator detectors. Standard production
techniques, such as injection moulding, cast or extrusion, would incur issues
due to the long production time and difficult assembly, dealing with the
production of several million small volumes.
The goal of the project is to develop new production techniques that involve
The group is looking for outstanding applicants on the M.Sc level, ideally
already with some research experience in additive manufacturing, and
simulations of 3D-printing processes and interest in participating to the
development of future particle detectors. The candidate will carry tests on
different 3D printing machines, such as laser sintering and/or fused
deposition modelling, available at IPA and set the basics for the first 3D
printed scintillator detector in a particle physics experiment.
The IPA Neutrino and Dark Matter group (https: // rubbia-group.ethz.ch) has a
strong involvement in the R&D of particle detectors for neutrino oscillation
and dark matter experiments, thus in the operation of large particle physics
experiments, and has a research line devoted to the development of new
production methods for scintillator detectors.
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The initial term of the position is 1+1 years. The envisaged start of the
contract is October 2021 or later upon mutual agreement.
Interested candidates are asked to submit their online application by August
31st 2021 together with a letter of motivation, the name and address of two
referees, a curriculum vitae.
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our
online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not
Further information about the Institute for Particle physics and Astrophyics
can be found on our website https:// www. ipa.phys.ethz.ch/. Information about
the ETHZ Neutrino and Dark Matter group can be found here https: // rubbia-
Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. André Rubbia
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Davide Sgalaberna (email@example.com) (no
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