Matt Pyle, Professor

Closed (1) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach Program Coordination

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Communicating science through outreach programs and activities is an important, and increasingly required, component of science research. Professor Bernard Sadoulet's cosmology research group is involved in an Education and Outreach program that primarily targets underserved high school students. In addition, members of the group participate throughout the year in various science outreach activities and events, such as lab tours and public lectures. A staff member also takes the lead in organizing a campus-wide STEM outreach initiative that supports opportunities for UC Berkeley scientists to share their research with public audiences. We are looking for a student who will help in development and coordination of these activities.

The student will primarily assist with developing a STEM Student Outreach Network and help organize a STEM student networking event to take place in September 2018. The student will also assist with posting web content, maintaining/updating contact lists (particularly lists of STEM undergraduate and graduate student groups), participant recruitment via email and flyer distribution, and when possible, assist onsite at Education and Outreach activities. Additionally, the student will assist with presentation of Caminos de la Ciencia, a Spanish-language science lecture series, helping to recruit Berkeley scientists who can present non-technical talks in Spanish, and reach out to Spanish-speakers on campus and in the community. The student will gain direct experience in development and coordination of STEM Education and Outreach programs that particularly aim to increase diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Rachel Winheld

Qualifications: Attention to detail, strong verbal and written communication skills, familiarity with web content management in Wordpress, and strong interest in supporting outreach to underserved communities are required. Facility with videography and social media, including FaceBook and Twitter, is highly desirable but not essential. Fluency in verbal and written Spanish is highly desirable, but not required. Student with a major (or intended major) in a STEM discipline is preferred.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated
Related website: http://scienceatcal.berkeley.edu

Closed (2) Development of a Control System for Testing Cryogenic Dark Matter Search Detectors

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The project is to assist in development of a control system for our dark matter detectors. The student will develop python software to control the detector readout card, signal generator, and various other instruments for environmental noise measurements and monitoring of the cryostat temperature. The student will participate in the data taking of prototype detectors at Berkeley and learn about dark matter search. More details to be discussed at interview for selected students.

The undergraduate will be designing and coding the system in collaboration with the research supervisor. They will learn about detector physics, dark matter cosmology, low noise electronic systems, and control system programming.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Bruno Serfass, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: - Self motivated - Possessing initiative - Programming competence in python

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: http://cdms.berkeley.edu/UCBlabs/
Related website: http://casper.berkeley.edu/wiki/ROACH

Closed (3) Hardware Design and Fabrication for Athermal Phonon Sensors

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We are looking for an undergraduate to assist in our effort to develop athermal phonon detectors to be used for light mass dark matter searches. The student will be paired with a graduate student and will help design new EMI and IR tight housings, spring mass vibration decouplers, Fabricate thermal sinks for electronic wiring, etc.


learning outcomes:
- Competency in SOLIDWORKS
- Competency in soldering
- Involvement in the design process

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Matt Pyle

Qualifications: - Self motivated - Possessing initiative - Completed Physics 5 or 7 - Completed course in thermodynamics and/or electricity and magnetism helpful but not required - Programming competence Python - Previous experience with SOLIDWORKS and PCB board design helpful but not required -

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Off-Campus Research Site: 85 LeConte Hall, 241 Birge

Related website: http://cdms.berkeley.edu/
Related website: http://cdms.berkeley.edu/UCBlabs/

Closed (4) Development of a Data Acquisition Software for Testing Cryogenic Dark Matter Search Detectors

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We are looking for an undergraduate to assist in our effort to develop a data acquisition system for testing and monitoring cryogenic dark matter detectors. The electrical signal from our detectors will be continuously digitized and processed to extract valuable informations such as energy estimate of the interactions in the detectors.

The student researcher will work with a cryostat that operates below 10 milli Kelvin; write software he or she will use to automate data taking and develop a user web interface (javascript) to easily operate the detector. The student will participate in the data taking of prototype detectors at Berkeley and learn about dark matter search., Staff Researcher

Qualifications: - Self motivated - Possessing initiative - Programming competence in python or other languages, as well as some knowledge in javascript

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: http://cdms.berkeley.edu/
Related website: https://supercdms.slac.stanford.edu/