Research Associate: DUNE DAQ and data analysis

University of Bristol - School of Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the University of Bristol’s (tinyurl.com/particle-bristol) team working on the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE, dunescience.org). The position is suitable for a talented particle physicist with an interest in detector technology (especially data acquisition) and neutrino physics. We also encourage applications from suitably qualified engineers who would like to join a leading international particle physics project.

This is an opportunity to be part of a vibrant, fast-expanding area of particle physics, and a new experiment of unprecedented scale and precision. A high-intensity neutrino beam sent from Fermilab near Chicago will be observed 1300km away with four 10kt liquid Argon time projection chambers, located in the Homestead mine in South Dakota. This is the first time this exquisitely precise detector technology will be used on such a huge scale. DUNE’s measurements could hold the key to answering fundamental questions such as the origin of the predominance of matter over antimatter in the universe. DUNE’s giant detector will also be sensitive to neutrino signals from astrophysical events such as galactic supernovae and neutron star mergers.

The data acquisition system for this high-granularity detector is an exciting challenge. The Bristol group has major responsibilities for developing the DAQ system, and the post-holder would play a central role in this effort. In addition to the core project on DAQ, there will be opportunities in data analysis and triggering, taking into account the post holder’s skills, talents and interests.

This position is funded initially until Sep 2019; given the recent announcement of £65M of new UK funding for this project (tinyurl.com/stfc-ukus-dune) we are very optimistic about follow-up funding.

Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Jonas.Rademacker@bristol.ac.uk by the closing date, Tuesday 6th February 2018. Interviews are expected take place shortly afterwards. The start of the employment contract is negotiable, but we are seeking to employ a suitable candidate as soon as possible.

For informal inquiries, please contact Jonas.Rademacker@bristol.ac.uk.

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

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