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Assistant Professor in Direct Dark Matter Detection (Research and Education)

University of Birmingham - School of Physics and Astronomy

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £54,395 as this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 8
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd November 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: 102972

Role Summary

The Birmingham School of Physics and Astronomy seeks to appoint a new academic to grow its interest in Direct Dark Matter searches, as part of the Particle Physics Research Group. The group’s current approach to the topic has three strands. Firstly, we are members of the Darkside-20k collaboration, constructing a very large liquid argon- based detector that will begin exposure at Gran Sasso soon. Among other activities, we are building and testing novel front-end electronics for the silicon photomultipliers to equip the experiment’s inner and outer-vetoes. Secondly, we are leading the development of novel spherical proportional counters that are sensitive in a poorly explored region of low mass dark matter particles. The corresponding NEWS-G collaboration has previously taken data at LSM in France and SNOLAB in Canada and has R&D activity at STFC's Boulby deep-underground laboratory, with a view to building a longer-term programme there. Thirdly, we are strongly involved in the MIGDAL experiment, aiming to make the first unambiguous observation of the Migdal effect in nuclear scattering, a key element in expanding direct dark matter searches to lighter candidates. Although not the immediate focus of this call, the group also has interests in the application of quantum technologies in dark matter searches, through the AION and QSNET projects.

Applications are invited from candidates with experience both from within our current range of activities and beyond.

The Particle Physics group currently has 12 academic staff, 21 post doctoral researchers and engineers, 35 support staff and 22 research students. Beyond Dark Matter, our present activities include ATLAS and LHCb at the LHC, NA62 on the CERN SPS, the DUNE future long-baseline neutrino experiment and the future Brookhaven Electron Ion Collider. We operate substantial laboratory space, including a 200m2 set of clean room facilities, and maintain a significant Tier 2 site as part of the UK GridPP contribution to LHC world-wide distributed computing.

Person Specification

  • Normally, a PhD in particle physics, particle astrophysics, or other relevant areas
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within the subject specialism
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/research
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels

The School of Physics and Astronomy is an Institute of Physics Juno Champion since 2014 and holder of the Athena SWAN Silver Award. Both initiatives recognise the School’s commitment to promote diversity and equality, and to encourage better practice for all members of the community, whilst also working towards developing an equitable working culture in which all students and staff can achieve their full potential.  We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications from traditionally under-represented groups in physics and astronomy, such as women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, are particularly encouraged. 

Informal enquires can be made to Prof Paul Newman, email: p.r.newman@bham.ac.uk 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button

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