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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Edinburgh - Particle and Nuclear Physics

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th September 2020
Closes: 15th October 2020
Job Ref: 053204

College of Science and Engineering

The University of Edinburgh is seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates to join our expanding efforts in the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. You will make substantial contributions to our physics programme using Higgs boson signatures or other exotic final states. You will perform key development work in tracking and simulation for the upgraded ATLAS detector.

We have an international reputation and expertise in Higgs boson physics. The group played a leading role in the Higgs discovery and measurements of its properties. Our group members have convened 4 top level Higgs groups (taus, WW, ZZ, and HL-LHC). We pioneered the off-shell Higgs width measurement placing significant constraints. Currently, we are expanding efforts using the high-resolution diphoton signature.

The group is led by 5 academics and a hardware specialist. It consists of 7 postdoctoral research associates, 8 PhD students, 2 engineers and 2 technicians. We are engaged in the simulation of the ATLAS detector, having convened the group for more than four years, the upgrade of the tracking & trigger software, and the hardware for the silicon detector (ITk).

You should have, or be about to submit, a PhD in particle physics. The willingness to learn, or previous experience, in tracking or simulation software is particularly important. Interested applicants are invited to discuss with

We recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. Edinburgh is a truly international city and we welcome applications from all backgrounds and nationalities. The School is committed to advancing gender equality and we aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working. We will encourage and support your career development in the role, including relevant training and help with applying for individual fellowships as opportunities arise.

Three letters of reference should be sent to

The post is offered on a full time basis, fixed term contract. Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 pa.

Closing date is 5pm (GMT) on 15th October 2020.

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