Research Associate




Sheffield U.


Prof Vitaly Kudryavtsev

Closing Date:


Deadline: December 14th, 2021


The Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking to appoint a fixed-term Post-Doctoral Research Associate from January 1, 2022 until April 30, 2025. The post is funded by the Horizon2020 programme via a grant to a consortium of institutions and industrial companies for a project SilentBorder.
The salary will be at grade 7 of the University of Sheffield salary scale (from £32,344 per annum).

The post holder will be a member of the Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics group (PPPA) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and will work on the muon tomography project SilentBorder. The project is funded by the Horizon2020 programme of the European Union. The main objective of the programme is to design, build and test a prototype system based on muon tomography to identify materials in cargo. The group in Sheffield is participating in modelling cosmic rays and in optimisation of the scanning system. 

The candidate for this post will have a PhD or will be working towards a PhD in particle physics or particle astrophysics. We expect the post holder to have a good knowledge of Python and/or C++, programming skills and experience in programming (simulations and data analysis) using standard particle physics tools, such as GEANT4 and ROOT. The candidate is also expected to be familiar with experimental techniques used in particle physics.

The successful candidate will work alongside Prof Vitaly Kudryavtsev on Monte Carlo modelling of cosmic rays for the muon tomography system and, in particular, on the optimisation of the design of a large scale scanner based on the results of the modelling and the prototype performance.

Further details about the SilentBorder project can be found here:
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Contact: Prof Vitaly Kudryavtsev

Letters of Reference should be sent to: v.kudryavtsev@sheffield.ac.uk