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Research Fellow: Atlas Higgs

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences School of Physics and Astronomy

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th April 2019
Closes: 6th June 2019
Job Ref: 81087

SALARY: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

HOURS: Full time

DURATION: Fixed term for up to 3 years

LOCATION: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK 

The University of Birmingham Particle Physics group has a Research Fellow vacancy funded for up to 3 years. The successful applicant will work on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider and will play a leading role in advancing our understanding of the Higgs sector. We are particularly interested in consolidating and further developing our analysis portfolio in the area of Higgs boson interactions with fermions, measurements of Higgs boson differential cross-sections, and searches for additional Higgs bosons. The successful candidate will be part of a vibrant group and will have the possibility to supervise Ph.D. and M.Sc. students. More information about our Higgs boson-related activities can be found here: 

The research fellow will be expected to: 

  • Develop research objectives and proposals, and conduct research, for own or joint research, with assistance of principle investigator
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc 

Person Specification: 

  • First degree in physics
  • Hold or (be close to completion) a PhD in Particle Physics
  • Experience of programming in C++
  • High level analytical capability 

The Particle Physics group currently has 12 academic staff, 15 post-doctoral researchers, 3 support staff and 21 research students.  Our present activities include ATLAS and LHCb at the LHC, NA62 on the CERN SPS, the NEWS-G experiment at SNOLab, and the DUNE future long-baseline neutrino experiment. We have a 200m2 set of clean room facilities for silicon detector R&D and construction, and maintain a significant Tier 2 site on the UK GridPP contribution to LHC world-wide distributed computing. 

The School of Physics and Astronomy is one of the largest in the UK, with a wide-ranging research portfolio, and is consistently highly ranked for excellence in both research and teaching.  It takes in around 130 undergraduates per year and has over 100 academic and research staff, 120 graduate students and 35 technical support staff. 

Potential applicants are encouraged to obtain further information about the post from:

Prof Kostas Nikolopoulos, Email: 

Closing date: 6 June 2019                                     

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 81087 in all enquiries. 

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