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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

Job Details:

Title:Research Associate in Dark Matter Physics
Location:Royal Holloway, U. of London
Contact:Dr. Jaroslaw Nowak
Closing Date:2021-02-19

Job Description:

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate in Dark Matter Physics.
This is a post to work on dark matter direct detection experiment, hosted jointly between the Dark Matter & Neutrino groups within the Departments of Physics at Lancaster University and Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). Both groups have research programs focussed around liquid Argon detectors, and are collaborating on the DarkSide-20k and DUNE experiments. The groups also have broad detector development programs, as part of which we are collaborating on the QUEST-DMC project. QUEST-DMC is a Lancaster, Oxford, RHUL and Sussex consortium building a new experimental platform at Lancaster University to search for interactions of sub-GeV dark matter particles, combining a macroscopic quantum system, superfuid helium-3 (3He), with quantum-amplified calorimetry. 

This post will involve working with a team applying multidisciplinary skills in the general areas of physics analysis, software development, and detector characterization. The post-holder will contribute to characterisation of the DarkSide-20k experiment’s silicon photosensor system, and develop the detector characterisation software for QUEST-DMC. The post-holder will contribute to the development of dark matter search analysis tools, with emphasis on low-mass dark matter candidates.

The holder of this post will be expected to help produce independent and original research, to submit publications to refereed journals, and to work together with and supervise MSci and PhD students.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics or a closely related area, as well as prior experience relevant to one or more of the following: (I) low-background experimentation including simulation, commissioning and data analysis; (ii) design, construction, and/or analysis of SiPM or TES detector systems; (iii) design, construction, and/or analysis of ULT experiments; (iv) detector simulation development; (v) analysis framework software development; and, (vi) calibration and particle identification in noble liquid detectors.
The post-holder will be employed for the duration of the post by RHUL, which offers a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including generous annual leave. The post-holder will be based full-time at Lancaster University, hosted within the Experimental Particle Physics group, with access to development and training programs at Lancaster University. The holder of this post will be co-supervised by Dr. Jaroslaw Nowak of Lancaster University and Prof. Jocelyn Monroe of RHUL.
For more information and to apply for the post, please see
Two letters of recommendation should be submitted by email to Dr. Nowak and Prof. Monroe before the closing date.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr. Jaroslaw Nowak or Prof. Jocelyn Monroe.

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