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Research Fellow (Particle Physics)

University of Birmingham - School of Physics and Astronomy

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £34,980 to £44,263 full time starting salary range, with potential progression once in post to £46,974. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 18th December 2023
Closes: 21st January 2024
Job Ref: 51799

The Birmingham Particle Physics group has a vacancy for a Research Fellow working on detector operation and physics analysis within the NA62 experiment at CERN. The successful applicant will take significant responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the NA62 Cherenkov kaon tagger (KTAG) detector, will contribute to NA62 data collection, and will play a leading role in rare kaon decay measurements and publication of the results. The post holder will be based on in Birmingham and must be willing to travel and spend periods at CERN.

Role Summary

  • Maintenance, operation and development of the NA62 KTAG detector.
  • Physics analysis of NA62 data, presentation and publication of the results.
  • Contributing to generation of funding 

Role specifications include the following:

  • A PhD degree in particle physics (or a thesis submitted or about to be submitted).
  • Experience in particle detector operation and data collection.
  • Experience in scientific computing and physics data analysis.

The Particle Physics group currently has 11 academic staff, 19 post-doctoral researchers and engineers, 5 support staff and 20 research students. Beyond kaon physics at NA62, our present activities include ATLAS and LHCb experiments at the LHC, dark matter experiments Darkside-20k, NEWS-G and MIGDAL, the future DUNE long-baseline neutrino experiment, and the future Brookhaven Electron Ion Collider. We operate substantial laboratory space, including a 200 m2 set of clean room facilities, and we maintain a Tier 2 site as part of the UK contribution to LHC world-wide distributed computing.

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.

Further information about the post may be obtained from Prof Evgueni Goudzovski (e.goudzovski@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' button.

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