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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

Job Details:

Title:Group Leader -Neutrino Physics
Contact:Alfons Weber
Closing Date:2020-09-20

Job Description:

Salary: £38,969 - £43,300 or £49,708 - £55,231 per annum (dependent on qualifications and experience)
Grade: E/F
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 20th September 2020

The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is part of the UKRI/STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Harwell, Oxfordshire and is leading and supporting the particle physics community in the UK and internationally. The department is involved in all major experiments at the LHC at CERN and their upgrades as well as current and future accelerator-based neutrino experiments. We also operate the Boulby Underground Laboratory and have taken a major role in dark matter experiments. We are leading the development of future detector technology and supporting the computing needs of the UK and international communities.

The department has a leading role in the preparation for future neutrino experiments (DUNE/HyperK) and we want to strengthen our involvement in the Japan based experiments.

The Position
We are looking for an inspirational internationally recognised leader with expertise both in the physics exploitation of neutrino experiments as well as in the development of novel technologies and the design of neutrino oscillation experiments. The individual is expected to lead the T2K/SK/HyperK group in PPD and define its future direction taking the UK and international context into account. The group is currently involved in the support of the DAQ for the T2K near detector and its physics exploitation, especially measuring neutrino cross sections and oscillation parameters. We are also designing the DAQ for HyperK, especially to allow for triggering of low energy signals, and are testing those methods in SK.

You will be predominantly located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, but will closely collaborate within the UK and internationally.

List of Duties / Work Programme /Responsibilities
  • Participation and leadership in the operations and physics analysis of the T2K and/or SK experiments
  • Providing leadership for the group, develop the team and define its future direction
  • Developing new technologies for future experiments
  • Participate in national and international meetings
  • Other comparable duties as may be required by the supervisor or Head of Department.

Contacts and Communication
The post holder will lead the T2K/SK/HyperK team in the Particle Physics Department at RAL and will actively participate in the research and support it provides. As such she/he is expected to not only communicate within the local group but also with other collaborators in the UK and worldwide to pursue her/his research and development.

Personal Skills and Attributes

The candidate is expected to have a proven record of high-quality research and leadership in experimental particle physics or particle astrophysics and experience with hardware development. She/he has to have the ability to identify research objectives and subsequently conceive, plan and execute appropriate activities to given deadlines. Give the specific role and communication requirements; she/he has to be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with academic and technical staff. She/he must be strongly self-motivated, able to motivate and guide the work of others and be a team player. She/he has to have a strategic view of the field and develop a strategy for future activities in the UK and international context.

Any other Relevant Information
The post holder is expected to work closely with our colleagues in the UK and be recognised as an international expert and leader in the field. There will be a requirement to travel to UK and international meetings. Given the practicalities of working in a large international collaboration, she/he has to be able and willing to attend meetings and conference calls out of normal working hours.

Applicants are required to name three referees in the covering letter. The applicant should ask their referees to email the reference letters to Debbie.Loader@stfc.ac.uk by the closing date.

For more information about the vacancy, please feel free to contact Prof Alfons Weber (Alfons.weber@physics.ox.ac.uk).

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

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