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Queen's Particle Astrophysics - Postdocs

Bei Cai

Bei Cai (contact)

I have done work for both NEWS and DEAP. I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and a PhD from the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities. I joined the group in 2006 as a fresh PhD graduate. After a short stay in Caltech in 2009, I decided to move back to Canada and have been with the Queen's Physics department since.

Serge Nahorny

Serge Nahorny

I joined the CUTE facility team at Queen's University in early 2018. My main efforts are dedicated on maintenance and operation of the CUTE cryostat: planning, prioritizing and performing various scientific runs. Since receiving my PhD from the Kiev Institute for Nuclear Research in 2011, my research has focused on the field of rare nuclear processes, like direct detection of dark matter particles, neutrinoless double beta decay and rare alpha decay investigation, as well as on the development of various low-background detectors for those processes. During period 2012-2017 I have worked for the CUPID-0 project at Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory (Italy) taking care of development, production, machining and final commissioning of the low-background enriched Zn82Se scintillating crystals.

Quentin Arnaud

Quentin Arnaud

I joined the NEWS-G experiment at Queen's in early 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow after I completed my PhD in Fance within the EDELWEISS collaboration (Direct dark matter searches using HP-Ge crystals). I've been mainly focusing on the analysis of WIMP search data taken with a prototype for NEWS-G : a 60 cm diameter sphere installed at the LSM (Underground Laboratory in France). In parallel, I split my time between lab activities and simulations for electron drift times Studies.

Marcin Kuzniak

(contact) Marcin Kuzniak

I started my work at Queen's in January 2009 and I'm focused on DEAP dark matter experiment. Before, during my grad studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and at the Paul Scherrer Institute, I had been involved in slightly different physics (physics of cold and ultracold neutrons, neutron electric dipole moment). Currently, I am working mainly on Monte Carlo simulations of the detector and reduction of radioactive backgrounds (using ultra pure polymer coatings), plus some unrelated R&D and mining, occasionally.

Szymon Manecki

Szymon Manecki (contact)

Hi! After I completed my PhD at Virginia-Tech, I joined SNO+ with the Queen's group to continue research in ultra-low background neutrino physics as a post-doctoral fellow. I am currently focusing on purification of a major component of our liquid scintillator that will be used in the neutrinoless double beta decay phase of SNO+. In spare time, I try to help with detector calibrations, various small-scale hardware projects, and software development or analysis whenever possible. Personally, my humble goal at Queen's is to help improve precision measurement of the solar neutrino spectrum and get a glimpse into the (hopefully dual) nature of a neutrino particle itself.


Current Status of Past Postdocs

Berta Beltran

PostDoc at University of Alberta.

Xiongxin Dai

Research scientist at Chalk River.

Anna Davour

Research scientist at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Marie DiMarco

PostDoc at University of Geneva.

Fraser Duncan

SNOLAB associate director in Sudbury.

Kevin Graham

Faculty position at Carleton.

Laura Kormos

Lecturer at University of Lancaster, UK.

Carsten Krauss

Faculty position at University of Alberta.

Jose Maneira

Staff physicist at LIP, Lisbon, Portugal.

Sabine Roth

Patent Examiner (Civil Engineering, Thermodynamics) with the European Patent Office.

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