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. The research programme will be conducted in the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College, at Fermilab and SURF, at CERN, and at collaborating UK institutes.

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00784
  • Date posted 15 October 2020
  • Closing date 13 November 2020

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. 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 data acquisition software development for the DUNE liquid argon far detectors. You will work on the design, development and testing of these systems.

Essential requirements

You will have appropriate levels of professional qualifications and experience for example,

Research Associate level: Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Physics

Research Assistant level: Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Physics or hold Masters Degree in Computer Science (or equivalent). 

You must have the following essential criteria:

  • Experience with software development and use, particularly multi-threaded C++
  • Experience in leading development in small teams with developers of varied expertise
  • Demonstrated ability of planning work of a small team, defining milestones and ensuring results are achieved
  • Experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently
  • Flexibility to adapt to an evolving environment and to work in teams, both as the leader or as a member

In addition, it would be desirable if you had:

  • Experience with design and development of distributed computing systems, in particular service-oriented architectures
  • Experience with design and development of control and monitoring of applications distributed over multiple processes and multiple hosts
  • Experience with agile development techniques & continuous integration processes
  • Experience of working on the design and construction of HEP detectors
  • Experience of working in the environment of a large international science collaboration

Further information

*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 post is available for two years in the first instance.

The post will be based in London but will require regular travel to Fermilab in the USA and CERN in Switzerland. 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 T2K, Super-Kamiokande and future Hyper-Kamiokande experiments in Japan; the future neutrino oscillation experiment DUNE at Fermilab and SURF in the USA; the CMS and LHCb experiments at the LHC; the search for sterile neutrinos with SoLid in Belgium; 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 Practitioner and an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

Further details about the position are available from Dr Alexander 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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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.

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.

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