Three Postdoctoral Research Associates on LHCb




U. Edinburgh (main)


William Barter

Closing Date:


Deadline: August 17th, 2022


Postdoctoral Research Associate on the LHCb Experiment
UE07 £34,404 - £40,927
Fixed Term, Full-Time, 35 hours per week
Initial duration of 3 years, with the potential for extension
Up to 3 posts

The experimental particle physics group (PPE) at the University of Edinburgh has up to three vacancies for Postdoctoral Research Associates to strengthen our activities on the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.

The Opportunity:
You will be expected to make leading contributions to our physics analysis activities, such as the study of rare decays of B-hadrons and associated physics, and to participate in the group’s activities in instrumentation and/or computing. The Edinburgh LHCb group has made substantial contributions to the study of CP violation and lifetimes in the B meson system, spectroscopy and exotic states, heavy quark production, flavour changing neutral currents, charmless semileptonic decays, charm mixing and CP violation. We are also active in studies of precision electroweak physics, and seek further involvement in studies of rare decays of B-hadrons. We have significant responsibilities in the LHCb collaboration such as maintenance and operation of the Ring Imaging Cherenkov detectors, as well as R&D towards future detectors (RICH, TORCH, Mighty Tracker). We are also involved within the Real-Time Analysis (RTA) and Data Processing and Analysis (DPA) projects.

Your skills and attributes for success:
  • You should have/be about to submit a PhD or equivalent qualification in particle physics.
  • You will have proven expertise and technical abilities required for playing a leading role in particle physics data analysis.

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For more information those interested can contact Dr William Barter (william.barter@ed.ac.uk) and/or Prof Franz Muheim (muheim@ph.ed.ac.uk).

Please apply online including a CV, publication list, and a 1 page statement research summary, including future goals.

As a valued member of our team you can expect:
An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work, we give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

We anticipate that interviews will be held in September 2022.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa. 

About Us:
As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

About the Team:
The School of Physics and Astronomy is in the College of Science & Engineering and comprises the Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics (IPNP), the Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems (ICMCS) and the Institute for Astronomy (IfA). We have around seventy academic staff, over 100 research staff and around 50 professional services staff.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework the School was ranked 2nd of the large Physics departments in UK universities and 4th overall. The submission was a joint exercise with St Andrews University (PHYESTA).

The School runs undergraduate programmes at BSc and MPhys level in Physics, Mathematical Physics, Theoretical Physics, Computational Physics, Astrophysics and (jointly with the School of Chemistry) Chemical Physics. The undergraduate programme has flexible entry and exit points, creating courses of variable duration and level. The School accepts around 175 new undergraduates into its programmes each year and has current student populations of around 680 undergraduates, 55 taught postgraduates and 220 research postgraduates. 

We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development for all staff; providing mentoring, training, and networking opportunities.

The School of Physics and Astronomy holds Athena SWAN Silver and IoP Juno Champion awards, in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality.

Further information about the School can be viewed at http://www.ph.ed.ac.uk

Contact: William Barter

Letters of Reference should be sent to: william.barter@ed.ac.uk