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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Physics

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,715 to £30,942 (Grade 5) / £32,816 to £40,322 (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th March 2021
Closes: 30th April 2021
Job Ref: KA26145

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge) to undertake research on the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN near Geneva, Switzerland.

The successful candidate will join the High Energy Physics research group, led by Professor Valerie Gibson. The Cambridge LHCb team is very active in the analysis of LHCb data, the development of software for the LHCb Ring-Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detectors, and preparations for upgrade(s) of the LHCb RICH system.

We are looking for a particle physicist with experience in instrumentation to undertake research and development for future upgrades of the LHCb RICH system. Experience in the application and characterization of single photon sensitive devices, data acquisition and analysis of data is also essential. There is potential for the post to be based at CERN.

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date (30 April 2021) and interviews conducted during May 2021. The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible after 1 July 2021. The post will be a fixed term appointment for 12 months in the first instance.

Appointment at Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded). The Research Assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £26,715 to £30,942. The Research Associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £32,816 to £40,322.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and the contact details of two referees, in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

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Please quote reference KA26145 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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