Research Associate in Muon Cooling, Experimental Neutrino Physics and Proton Decay Search

University of Sheffield - Department of Physics and Astronomy

Fixed-term for 24 months

We are seeking a Research Associate to work with the MICE and DUNE/ProtoDUNE teams in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield.

The international Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment MICE at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory RAL is developing techniques for muon handling and studying their cooling. The Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield has been a key member of MICE since the experiment’s proposal in 2002. We designed, prototyped and constructed the active target mechanism and maintain responsibility for its operation and development. We also contribute to the operation of the experiment, and members of the group have responsibilities in on-line control and monitoring and commissioning of the fibre tracking detector. As the experiment moves from construction to data-taking phase, we wish to expand our involvement in the data analysis aspects of the programme. The successful candidate will join MICE teams in Sheffield and at the RAL to undertake analysis of muon behaviour in the MICE cooling channel. You will contribute to the experiment’s off-line analysis effort as a talented and versatile researcher.

The goals of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment DUNE are to study neutrino mass hierarchy and CP violation in the neutrino sector, detect astrophysical neutrinos and search for baryon number violation effects. The multi-kiloton far detector of DUNE containing liquid argon as a target for neutrinos will be built and operated at Sanford Underground Research Facility South Dakota, USA , and will detect neutrinos from a powerful neutrino beam from Fermilab. A prototype detector ProtoDUNE is currently under construction at CERN. Working on DUNE and ProtoDUNE will require travelling to CERN and Fermilab, participating in on-site and off-site shifts and helping with ProtoDUNE operation.

You will have a PhD or will be working towards a PhD in particle physics or particle astrophysics or equivalent experience . You will have experience in the Python and C++ programming languages and experience in Monte Carlo techniques, statistical methods and data analysis.

It is expected that in the first 6-12 months of the employment the majority of work will be focused on MICE gradually moving towards ProtoDUNE and DUNE simulations and analysis.

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