Research Assistant/Associate in High Energy Physics

Imperial College London - High Energy Physics Group, Department of Physics

South Kensington Campus with some travel throughout the UK and to Switzerland

Salary range:

Research Assistant:  £32,380 - £34,040 per annum
Research Associate: £36,800 - £44,220 per annum

Fixed Term: up to two years with the possibility of extension, available immediately

Applications are invited for an excellent opportunity to work on neutrino detector R&D, building a high-pressure gas time-projection chamber (HPTPC) to be deployed in a test beam at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. The aim of this work is to develop a neutrino detector prototype to mitigate uncertainties in the search for CP violation in long-baseline neutrino oscillations. The prototype is being constructed now, and will be commissioned and operated at CERN in 2018. Your work will involve taking a leading role in the construction, commissioning, and operation of the detector as well as participating in the data analysis.

The Imperial High Energy Physics Group has a strong experimental programme in the neutrino area with teams analysing data from the T2K and Super-Kamiokande experiments. We have been actively involved in T2K from the start and the current T2K International Co-Spokesperson is a member of the group. There is also leadership in both the search for sterile neutrinos with SoLid in Belgium and the emerging collaboration, and studies of physics design and optimisation of the future Hyper-Kamiokande experiment. Accelerator activities include enhancing conventional neutrino beams and investigating new approaches such as nuSTORM.

You will hold a PhD in Physics (for appointment as Research Associate) or be about to submit (for appointment as Research Assistant) or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.

You must have the following essential criteria:

  • Good problem-solving and practical/laboratory skills
  • A strong research record with clearly defined individual contributions
  • Ability to take on responsibilities in an independent manner
  • A proven ability to communicate with people at all levels
  • Experience with Monte Carlo and advanced statistical analysis techniques
  • Experience developing gas detector hardware, especially time projection chambers, or
  • Experience prototyping particle or nuclear detectors and their calibration with particle beams and/or sources, or
  • Experience with design, construction, calibration, and/or data analysis of particle/nuclear detectors

In addition it would be desirable if you had:

  • Experience of working in an internationally collaborative environment
  • Evidence of ability to write high quality research papers
  • Familiarity with data analysis techniques

In addition to neutrino activities, the Imperial Group also has major involvement with the CMS and LHCb experiments at the LHC, the MICE experiment in the UK, the search for dark matter with the LUX-ZEPLIN experiment in the US, and the search for charged lepton flavour violation with COMET in Japan. There are also significant accelerator, phenomenology and Grid computing programmes

More information about the Department of Physics, the High Energy Physics Group and the staff benefits that we offer can be found on our webpages.

Applications can be made online via our website. Please go to  and search for NAT00101.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Morgan Wascko –

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to Paula Brown -

For any technical queries when applying online contact:

Closing date: 26th March 2018 (midnight GMT)

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