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Research Associate in High Energy Physics

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

South Kensington Campus

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

Imperial College London invites applications for a Research Associate to work on the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. You will focus on the development of the upgraded RICH and silicon tracking detectors, and contribute to the operation of the existing RICH detector. Imperial played a leading role in the design and construction of LHCb’s RICH detectors, will play a similar role in the operation of the current RICH detectors and design of their upgrade, and has begun development of the mechanical design of the new silicon tracking detector planned for the next upgrade.

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:      

  • A strong track record with clearly defined individual contributions
  • Experience in detector development and operation
  • Experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently
  • Experience in computing and advanced programming in C++ or Python
  • Experience of working in a collaborative environment

In addition, it would be desirable if you had:

  • Experience with photon and/or silicon detectors
  • Experience of communicating ideas to engineers and technicians
  • Experience with Monte Carlo simulation techniques and tools
  • Evidence of ability to write high quality research papers

The position will be based in the UK but will require regular travel to CERN. Other UK and foreign travel is likely to be required.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £40,694 - £43,888 per annum.

Applications can be made online via our website. Please go to www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs  and search for NAT01613.

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 Dr Michael McCann m.mccann@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

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

Location: London
Salary: £45,593 to £53,630 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th December 2023
Closes: 9th January 2024
Job Ref: NAT01613
 
   
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