Research Scientist-HELIX

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
University of Chicago
Department Name: 
Enrico Fermi Institute
Street Line 1: 
5640 South Ellis Avenue
Street Line 2: 
MCP 101
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Research Scientist, HELIX-EFI, University of Chicago

The Enrico Fermi Institute of The University of Chicago invites applications for a Research Scientist position working in the lab of Professor Scott Wakely. The research scientist will participate in the commissioning, flight, and analysis of data from a new suborbital particle astrophysics experiment called HELIX. HELIX, the High-Energy Light Isotope eXperiment, has been designed by an international collaboration to make key measurements of cosmic-ray particle species at high energies, with unprecedented precision. The payload consists of a large superconducting magnet, a gas drift chamber, a time-of-flight system, and an aerogel ring-imaging Cherenkov detector. The first flight of the instrument is anticipated to occur in 2023 or 2024. The term of the appointment will be for up to three years and is expected to begin in winter 2023.

The research scientist will participate in local hardware and software development as well as detector testing and calibration. They will be expected to work closely with local graduate and undergraduate students as well as collaborators visiting the Chicago integration site to work on the payload. Travel for payload testing and deployments is required.



A Ph.D. in physics or astronomy

At least two years post-doctoral experience in experimental research


Two years experience in instrumentation/data acquisition systems, data analysis, and Monte Carlo simulations

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following materials:

•Cover letter


•Publication list

•The names and contact information for 2 references

Applications must be submitted online through the University of Chicago’s academic jobs website:

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

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Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email [email protected] with their request.

Included Benefits: 

Retirement accounts via TIAA-CREF, health insurance benefits (variety of HMO/PPO options), flexible spending accounts for health and/or child care, commuter/transportation tax-free benefits, elder care resources, generous medical/vacation/personal leave (incl parental leave), and more.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Scott P. Wakely
Professor of Physics