Two 3-year postdoctoral positions in Experimental Hadron Physics (Jefferson Lab / Electron-Ion Collider)




Glasgow U.


David Hamilton

Closing Date:


Deadline: September 28th, 2021


Two 3-year postdoctoral positions in Experimental Hadron Physics
The Nuclear and Hadron Physics Group at the University of Glasgow, UK, seeks talented candidates for two Postdoctoral Research Associate positions, each for 3 years, to make leading contributions to the study of nucleon structure. Both positions will be divided between the experimental programme at Jefferson Laboratory (JLab) in Virginia, USA, and R&D for the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), to be built at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York state, USA. 
JLab is home to a 12 GeV electron beam accelerator and four experimental halls with fixed-target experiments. The JLab experimental programme at Glasgow is focussed on studying hadron structure through hard scattering of electrons from proton and light-nucleus targets in Halls A, B and C and via hadron spectroscopy using a real photon beam in Hall D. The centre-of-mass energies accessible at JLab probe mainly the valence quark region of the nucleon. Access to the quark-gluon sea will be made possible by the EIC, the world’s next major hadron physics facility, the construction of which is due to begin in 2023. It will collide polarised electrons with polarised protons, light ions and a full range of unpolarised heavy nuclei. The project is at the stage of detector R&D and design and the Glasgow group has leadership in both main detector proposals: ATHENA and ECCE.
The JLab focus of the two RA positions will be on the experimental programmes of Halls A and B, respectively. The focus for the Hall A position will be the upcoming high Q2 nucleon form factor programme with the Super Bigbite Spectrometer (SBS). This will involve installation and commissioning of the detector systems, development of dedicated data analysis and simulation software, and making a significant contribution to the day-to-day running of this challenging experimental programme. The project in Hall B will focus on experiments using the CLAS12 spectrometer, as part of the CLAS collaboration, which will start taking data with a longitudinally polarised target in 2022. It will include data-taking (shifts manning the experiment), quality-checks and calibrations, simulations, data-analysis and preparation of data for publication, as well as the writing of the associated papers and collaboration documents. There’s scope for contributions to the development of particle / event reconstruction software and preparation of proposals.
The EIC project is currently going through a detector proposal preparation stage. The half of both RA positions which is dedicated to the EIC will be a combination of detector design and optimisation using Geant4-based simulations, including the addition of new detectors to the simulation framework, evaluation of the sensitivity of the EIC towards different processes and potentially development of generators. There is scope for hardware work on a detector prototype.
The research projects will involve close collaboration with colleagues in other institutes, including Paris-Saclay, France, where one of the project leaders (Daria Sokhan) is currently on leave as Blaise Pascal Chair.
The successful candidates should have an experimental background (and a Ph.D. or equivalent) in hadron, nuclear or particle physics and familiarity running simulations and analysing data. The successful candidates will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals and help manage and direct these complex and challenging projects as opportunities allow.
For more information, please contact David Hamilton (david.j.hamilton@glasgow.ac.uk) or Daria Sokhan (daria@jlab.org).
Applications should be submitted through the following portal:
Deadline: 28th September 2021 (23:45 UK time).

Contact: David Hamilton

Letters of Reference should be sent to: david.j.hamilton@glasgow.ac.uk