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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental Particle Physics

Queen Mary University of London - Physics & Astronomy

Location: London
Salary: £32,956 to £38,709 per annum pro rata inclusive of London Allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2018
Closes: 20th September 2018
Job Ref: QMUL15816

The School of Physics and Astronomy maintains a tradition of outstanding research in ground-breaking fields. Research in the School is internationally excellent, with academic and research staff and students working in dedicated Research Centres in Experimental Particle Physics, Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics and Condensed Matter Physics.

The Particle Physics Research Centre (PPRC) has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with the SNO+ group. SNO+ is a multi-purpose liquid scintillator neutrino detector located in the SNOLAB facility in Sudbury, Canada. The main experimental goal is a search for neutrinoless double beta decay with Tellurium 130, but there is also potential to make a number of other low energy neutrino measurements.

The Queen Mary group, is involved in many aspects of the SNOplus experiment from low level data handling to high level analysis. The successful applicant will be expected to make significant personal contributions to the SNOplus physics programme as well as sharing responsibilities in aspects of the data acquisition, monitoring and calibration of the SNOplus detector. The successful applicant will be heavily involved in analysis, in particular assessment of background levels and the development of background rejection and calibration techniques to be applied to the double beta decay analysis. They will also be responsible for aspects of the SNO+ data processing chain and simulation software and will be trained to provide support for the various interfaces required for data analysis.

Applicants should have, or be about to gain, a PhD in experimental particle physics and are expected to have experience from at least two years active participation in a leading particle physics experiment. Strong software skills including a good knowledge of C++ are essential and good hardware skills are highly desirable. The post will be located at Queen Mary in London but may require significant periods at SNOLAB in Canada to carry out detector related responsibilities and data taking shifts, with notice.

The post is full time, available from 10 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is funded for one year by the STFC Consolidated grant until 30th September 2019 with potential for extension beyond this date. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

General enquiries about PPRC should be addressed to the SNO+ Group Leader, Dr Jeanne Wilson at

General information about the School can be found at and about the Particle Physics Research Centre at Further details and an application form can be found at

To apply, please click on the link below. Enquiries on the application procedures can be addressed to Ms. J. Vaca Ortiz 

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The School of Physics and Astronomy are proud to hold IoP JUNO Champion status and Athena SWAN silver status and have a number of supportive policies in place to facilitate a diverse and inclusive working environment within the school The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award. We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

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