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Research Fellow on ATLAS

University College London - UCL Physics and Astronomy

Location: London
Salary: £35,328 to £39,353 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance, Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th January 2019
Closes: 24th February 2019
Job Ref: 1787959

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £35,328-£39,353 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

The UCL High Energy Physics group is looking for an outstanding PhD particle physicist undertake a leading role in physics analysis with the ATLAS data and to make significant technical contributions to the ATLAS experiment. Our physics interests centre on investigating further the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking, including studies of the newly discovered Higgs boson and vector boson scattering, searching for physics beyond the Standard Model as well as key Standard Model measurements. 

The UCL HEP group consists of around 80 staff and students, and provides an exciting and supportive research environment with involvement in particle phenomenology, neutrino experiments, direct Dark Matter searches, Particle Astrophysics, lepton sector experiments, accelerator R&D and Data Intensive Science via our Centre for Doctoral Training. The primary purpose of the role is to participate in ATLAS data analysis a technical activity within ATLAS. 

This appointment will focus on studying the dominant Higgs decay to b-quarks (H->bb) and probing the Higgs pT spectrum (HpT). The technical responsibilities will involve improving the tracking and flavour tagging tools, with a particular emphasis on the boosted regime, with is vital to expand the reach of the H->bb analysis to the highest possible HpT values. The post holder is expected to undertake frequent travel to and also has the possibility of being based at CERN. This position is funded by the Royal Society for 2.5 years in the first instance and comes with dedicated travel/equipment funds.

The candidate will also have the opportunity to enhance their data intensive science (DIS) and machine learning (ML) expertise via engagement with UCL’s Centre for Doctoral Training in DIS. This includes overseeing a team of students conducted research in the same area, participating in suitable DIS/ML training courses and gaining industry experience from exploiting their DIS/ML skills to solve real world industry problems (via Industry Secondments or Group Projects). 

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Particle Physics and have been a leading contributor to a HEP data analysis, ideally with expertise in tracking, flavour-tagging and H->bb analyses.

Knowledge of multivariate analysis techniques is desirable.

Knowledge of C++ and Python is desirable.

Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,922-£32,607 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

UCL vacancy reference: 1787959

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Khadija Bouzgan,

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Dr Tim Scanlon, (Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3463)

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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