Nuclear & Particle Physics

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: It is anticipated that there will be an opportunity this summer (2012) for several students to work as a research assistant with Profs. Grosnick, Koetke, Gibson-Even, and Stanislaus, and Mr. Paul Nord. The research project will afford you the opportunity to work closely with one or more of us in data analysis and simulation studies on STAR experiment (to understand the origin of the spin of the proton), and/or the neutron EDM experiment. For more information about these experiments and links to their sites, visit Nuclear and Particle Physics.


LOCATION: The majority of the work will be done here at VU. It may be possible for you to do some work at an accelerator or reactor laboratory.


REQUIREMENTS: Much of the work will be computer related. Some knowledge of C++ programming is desired. (If you do not know C++ but have had some programming experience you may be able to learn C++ as part of the summer work or in preparation for it.) You will learn to use a graphical analysis package for plotting and analysis of data. There should be opportunities to learn analysis techniques as well as to learn more about the science of elementary particles. Students will write and submit a report at the conclusion of the summer work.


DATES & STIPEND: The summer appointment will be for 10-12 weeks, with an anticipated starting date in mid to late May. Slightly different starting dates or work periods may be possible. The salary will be around $410 per week with consideration given to prior experience. It is anticipated that housing for work done at VU will be awarded cost-free by the University. Housing and transportation costs for any work done away from VU will be paid for by the supporting research grant.


APPLICATION & DEADLINE: Applications can be obtained from the Department of Physics and Astronomy web site.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit completed applications as soon as possible to Ms. Wellsand (NSC-237). The deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 29 February 2012. Review of applications will be completed in March and you will be notified of selections by early April. Please see Prof. Koetke, Prof. Gibson-Even, or Prof. Stanislaus, in person or contact them by e-mail if you have questions about the position.