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ATLAS Experiment Upgrade Technician

University of Birmingham - School of Physics and Astronomy

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £22,722 to £24,411 with potential progression once in post to £28,259 a year.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th November 2018
Closes: 5th February 2019
Job Ref: 80327

Full time, fixed term for 3 years

The Particle Physics Group within the School of Physics and Astronomy requires a technician to work on the upgrade of the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider and to provide technical support for the group’s research, primarily in constructing, testing and installing apparatus for experiments (ATLAS, LHCb, NA62) at CERN. The group is large, with 28 staff and 20 research students and has a large clean room amongst its facilities.

Main Duties:

To be part of the technical team that will provide high-level technical support for the group’s activities, particularly for the ATLAS upgrade.

  • This will involve using judgement to break down tasks and devise solutions in the preparation of equipment and following procedures to diagnose faults. Regular contact will be required with senior staff in the group, and possibly also at other academic institutes.
  • Occasional consultations with external suppliers to devise methods for construction tasks and to diagnose and solve faults with complex equipment.
  • The role may also include responsibility for ensuring that health and safety procedures are followed, and for making risk assessments.

The main scientific activities associated with this post are as follows:

  • ATLAS tracker upgrade: Assisting in the assembly (gluing and ultrasonic wire bonding) of hybrid silicon detectors and associated electronics for this upgrade to ATLAS.
  • Detector Testing and Quality Control: Supporting the full suite of testing and readout, as part of detector production quality control.
  • Testing sensors in a particle beam: With colleagues, preparing detector components to be tested in the Birmingham cyclotron. Maintaining the basic infrastructure for these tests and ensuring efficient operation.

Essential criteria

  • HNC or higher qualification in a technical subject, involving mechanical, electrical or electronic techniques.
  • Very sound grounding in a wide range of technical skills and the strong motivation to develop these further.
  • Ability to foresee technical problems in finely-specified equipment and to suggest solutions.
  • Basic general computing knowledge.
  • Willingness to travel for short periods within the UK and abroad to attend meetings and assist in hardware installation.

Desirable criteria

  • General skills in basic mechanical and electrical construction, electrical assembly, electronics design and construction, use of test equipment and provision of design and test documentation.
  • Experience in meeting precise specifications to high standards.
  • Experience with CAD or PCB layout work.
  • Interest in high energy physics research.
  • Outgoing nature, able to interact well with a wide range of colleagues from professors to undergraduates, also including external academic and industrial contacts.
  • Driving licence.

Informal enquiries to Professor David Charlton, or Professor Paul Newman,

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £22,722 to £24,411, with potential progression once in post to £28,259 a year.

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