Research Assistant / Associate in High Energy Physics

Job summary

Applications are invited for an excellent opportunity to work on the CMS experiment at the LHC.

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00506
  • Date posted 19 July 2019
  • Closing date 2 September 2019

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for an excellent opportunity to work on the CMS experiment at the LHC.

Duties and responsibilities

This position will involve analysis of the CMS data and to also contribute to experimental operations and/or preparation of the Phase-2 upgrade. These tasks will involve working with a team applying multidisciplinary skills in the general areas of hardware, software, computing and analysis.

The Imperial College CMS group is playing important roles in data analysis, particularly focussing on long-lived particle searches, B physics and Higgs studies. All these activities involve the application and development of machine learning techniques. The Imperial CMS group also has major detector responsibilities in the tracking and trigger systems of CMS, as well as long standing interests in upgrades to the tracker, calorimeter and Level 1 trigger.

Essential requirements

You will hold a PhD (for appointment as Research Associate) or be about to submit (for appointment as Research Assistant) in Experimental Particle Physics or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.

You must have the following essential criteria:

  • Experience of data analysis in experimental High Energy Physics
  • Good knowledge and experience of programming in C++
  • Experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently
  • Experience in leadership or evidence of future leadership potential
  • A strong research record with clearly defined individual contributions

In addition it would be desirable if you had:

  • A proven ability to communicate with people at all levels
  • Knowledge of hardware and a good understanding of detector operation
  • Knowledge of the use of simulation and advanced statistical analysis techniques
  • Experience of working in an international collaborative environment
  • Familiarity with machine learning and deep learning techniques
  • Experience of firmware development and use

Further information

This is a fixed term position available immediately for two years in the first instance.

The post will be based in London but will require regular travel to CERN in Geneva. Other UK and foreign travel is likely to be required.

The Imperial College High Energy Physics Group has a strong ongoing experimental programme encompassing the CMS and LHCb experiments at the LHC; the T2K, Super-Kamiokande and future Hyper-Kamiokande experiments in Japan; the search for sterile neutrinos with SoLid in Belgium; the search for dark matter with the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment in the US; the search for charged lepton flavour violation with COMET in Japan; the MICE experiment in the UK; and SHiP and SuperNEMO activities. There are also significant accelerator, phenomenology and Grid computing programmes.

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 Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

Further details about the position are available from Prof. Oliver Buchmueller (, Dr Alex Tapper (, Prof David Colling (( or Dr Nick Wardle (

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Paula Brown, Section Administrator,

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

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.