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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

Job Details:

Title:Early Stage Researcher - Mu2e Experiment
Position:Phd
Location:Manchester U.
Contact:Prof. Mark Lancaster
Closing Date:2020-10-31

Job Description:

This is an opportunity to join the particle physics group at the University of Manchester as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) to work on the Fermilab Mu2e experiment. The Manchester muon group consists of four academic members of staff, engineering and technical staff and PhD/MSc students. 

This post is funded by INTENSE, an H2020 Innovative Training Network (ITN: 858199) which provides a research and training programme for 11 ESRs across the network. This ESR post will undertake a PhD as part of the training programme. Further details of the INTENSE ITN can be found at: http://itnintense.df.unipi.it/?page_id=197

The main role of this post is to characterise, commission and analyse the data from the Fermilab Mu2e experiment’s Stopping Target Monitor (STM), X-ray detector and support the day-to-day operations of the experiment during data taking.
The Fermilab Mu2e experiment will extend the search for charged lepton flavour violation in the muon sector by 4 orders of magnitude and the experiment will begin detector commissioning in 2021/2022 with the first beam expected in 2023. The STM detector plays a critical role in the experiment. It determines the number of muons in the experiment and thus sets the normalisation against which the level of charged lepton flavour violation is quantified.

The postholder should have a Masters-level (or equivalent) qualification in physics and programming experience (C++/python). Analysis experience from a particle physics experiment and experience with experiment control systems, data acquisition systems would be desirable.

Applicants must also be eligible to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher in the UK. Strict *eligibility requirements* apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers. At the time of the appointment, applicants should not hold a PhD or have more than 4 years’ research experience after Undergraduate/Masters graduation and should not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately before appointment. 

The appointment will be from 1st January 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for a period of 3 years. The post will require travel to Fermilab and subject to mutual agreement would involve long term secondments at Fermilab.

The recruitment is taking all necessary measures to implement the principles set out in the Commission Recommendation 2005/251/EC of 11 March 2005 on the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (OJ L 75, 22.3.2005, p.67), of which all candidates are encouraged to be aware. INTENSE is open to researchers regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Female candidates, candidates from minority groups, refugee candidates, and other potentially discriminated persons are explicitly encouraged to apply.

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