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Research Associate in High Energy Physics

Imperial College London - High Energy Physics Group, Department of Physics

South Kensington Campus/CERN in Geneva

Fixed Term: Two years in the first instance, with possibility of extension

The High Energy Physics (HEP) group at Imperial College London invites applications for a Research Associate position to work on the CMS experiment at the LHC. This position will primarily involve contributing to the group’s commitments to the Phase-2 upgrade.

The Imperial CMS group has major detector responsibilities in the tracking and trigger systems of CMS, as well as long standing interests in upgrades to the tracker, endcap calorimeter and Level-1 trigger. You will work on the design, development and testing of these upgrades.

You will hold a PhD* in a relevant area or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.

You must also be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • An understanding of detector operations in an HEP environment
  • Experience of data analysis, algorithms and machine learning techniques in HEP
  • Experience with the use of simulation and statistical analysis techniques
  • Good knowledge and experience of programming in C++ and Python
  • Experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently
  • A creative approach to problem-solving with a high-level analytic ability
  • Experience in leadership or evidence of future leadership potential
  • A strong track record with clearly defined individual contributions

In addition, it would be desirable if you had:

  • Experience with hardware, including operating test stands and/or commissioning electronics systems
  • Some understanding of the principles underlying hardware based on state-of-the-art FPGAs
  • A proven ability to communicate with people at all levels
  • Experience of working in an international collaborative environment

The position will be based in London but will require regular travel to CERN in Geneva, or vice versa. Other UK and foreign travel is likely to be required.

*Candidates who have completed but not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum

Applications can be made online via our website. Please go to www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs  and search for NAT01382.

The High Energy Physics Group’s strategy for leadership in designing, constructing, and exploiting scientifically the leading experiments in particle physics sustains our high international profile. The Group has a strong ongoing experimental programme encompassing the T2K, Super-Kamiokande and future Hyper-Kamiokande experiments in Japan; the future neutrino oscillation experiment DUNE at Fermilab and SURF in the USA; the search for sterile neutrinos with SoLid in Belgium; the search for charged lepton flavour violation with COMET in Japan; the CMS and LHCb experiments at the LHC; the search for dark matter with the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment in the USA; the MICE experiment in the UK; the Atom Interferometer Observatory and Network (AION) project in the UK and the USA; SHiP and SuperNEMO activities and the development of future experiments and impact through the application of HEP technologies. There are also significant accelerator, phenomenology and Grid computing programmes. The Group is the host of two Imperial College Centres of Excellence: Centre for Clinical Application of Particles and Centre for High-Throughout Digital Electronics and Machine Learning.

More information about the Department of Physics and the High Energy Physics Group can be found on our webpages.

The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Practitioner and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.  See our EDI webpage for more Information. We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds, especially those historically underrepresented in Physics.

Further details about the position are available from Prof. Paul Dauncey,(p.dauncey@imperial.ac.uk) and Prof. Alex Tapper (a.tapper@imperial.ac.uk)

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Paula Brown, Section Administrator, paula.brown@imperial.ac.uk.

If you experience any technical issues when applying online please email support.jobs@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

Location: London
Salary: £43,093 to £50,834 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th February 2023
Closes: 6th March 2023
Job Ref: NAT01382
 
   
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