Research Associate in ATLAS

University College London - UCL - Physics and Astronomy

The UCL High Energy Physics group is looking for one outstanding PhD particle physicist to take up a leading role in physics analysis with the ATLAS data and to make significant technical contributions to the ATLAS experiment project. Our physics interests centre on investigating further the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking, including studies of the newly discovered Higgs boson and vector boson scattering, searching for physics beyond the Standard Model as well as key Standard Model measurements.

The UCL HEP group consists of around 80 staff and students, and provides an exciting and supportive research environment with involvement in particle phenomenology, neutrino experiments, direct Dark Matter searches, Particle Astrophysics, lepton sector experiments and accelerator R&D. The main purpose of the role is to participate in ATLAS data analysis a technical activity within ATLAS.

The focus of this role will be to undertake searches for new physics using diboson and boson + missing energy channels, with particular focus on Higgs decays to b-quarks, as well as measurements of relevant Standard Model processes. The technical responsibilities will involve the development and validation of Monte Carlo generators. The post holder is expected to undertake frequent travel to CERN. This position is funded by STFC for 2 years initially.

The successful applicant will have or be about to obtain a PhD in Particle Physics and expertise in data analysis.

Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication.

Knowledge of C++ and Python and Involvement in technical work in a HEP experiment is desirable. 

*Appointment at Grade 7 (£34,056 - £41,163 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (£29,809 - £31,432 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

UCL vacancy reference: 1606784.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Candidates will be required to submit a CV, statement of research interest and a list of publications. Please can you include a minimum of 3 references.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Khadija Bouzgan, k.bouzgan@ucl.ac.uk (Tel: +44 (0)207 679 3943).

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy should be directed to Dr Gavin Hesketh, gavin.hesketh@ucl.ac.uk (Tel: +44 (0)207 679 2739).

Closing Date: 10 December 2016.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59. 

Interview Date: TBC.

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