Research Associate in High Energy Physics

Job summary

The High Energy Physics Group at Imperial College London invites applications for a Research Associate position to work on the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) in the USA. The research programme will be focussed on development of data acquisition systems for the DUNE detectors, as well as near detector R&D and physics studies. The research programme will be conducted in the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College, at Fermilab and...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00575
  • Date posted 28 October 2019
  • Closing date 27 November 2019

Job description

Job summary

The High Energy Physics Group at Imperial College London invites applications for a Research Associate position to work on the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) in the USA. The research programme will be focussed on development of data acquisition systems for the DUNE detectors, as well as near detector R&D and physics studies. The research programme will be conducted in the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College, at Fermilab and SURF, at CERN, and at collaborating UK institutes.

Duties and responsibilities

The Imperial DUNE group has responsibilities in the software and firmware development for the DUNE liquid argon far detectors, as well as long standing interests in high pressure gas TPCs. You will work on the design, development and testing of these systems.

Essential requirements

You will hold a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.

You must have the following essential criteria:

  • Experience of software development and use
  • Experience in leadership or evidence of future leadership potential
  • A strong research record with clearly-defined individual contributions
  • Experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently

In addition it would be desirable if you had:

  • Experience with hardware and/or detector operations in a HEP environment
  • Experience of operating hardware based on state-of-the-art FPGAs in prototype systems
  • Experience of firmware development and use
  • Experience of working on the design and construction of HEP detectors
  • Experience of working in an internationally collaborative environment
  • A strong track record with clearly defined individual contributions
  • Familiarity with data analysis techniques, including Monte Carlo techniques and statistical analysis
  • Familiarity with machine learning techniques

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 the Fermilab in the USA and CERN in Switzerland. 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 £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

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 future neutrino oscillation experiment DUNE at Fermilab and SURF in the USA; the search for dark matter with the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment in the USA; the search for charged lepton flavour violation with COMET in Japan; the MICE experiment in the UK; and SHiP and SuperNEMO activities and the development of future experiments. 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 Morgan Wascko, Professor of Physics, (m.wascko@imperial.ac.uk) or Dr Alex Tapper, Reader in Physics, (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 recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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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.

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  • 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.

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