Research Associate in Dark Matter and Low Temperature Physics




Royal Holloway, U. of London


Jocelyn Monroe

Closing Date:


Deadline: September 2nd, 2022


Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate in Dark Matter and Low Temperature Physics. This is a post to work on dark matter direct detection experiment, in a collaboration between the Dark Matter & Neutrino groups and the Ultra Low Temperature groups within the Department of Physics at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). Both groups have broad detector development programmes, as part of which we are collaborating on the QUEST-DMC project within the Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics programme. 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 detector development, software development, detector characterisation and physics analysis. The post-holder will contribute to the development and characterisation of the QUEST-DMC photon detection system, and its use in the dark matter search. The post-holder will contribute to the development of dark matter search analysis tools, with emphasis on particle identification techniques to mitigate radiogenic backgrounds to low-mass dark matter search. 

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.
  1. The successful applicant will have a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics or Ultra Low Temperature Physics, or a closely related area, as well as prior experience relevant to one or more of the following: low-background experimentation including simulation, commissioning and/or data analysis; 
  2. design, construction, and/or analysis of ULT experiments; 
  3. design, simulation, construction, calibration and/or analysis of PMT, TES or SiPM detector systems; 
  4. detector simulation and/or analysis framework software development; calibration and/or particle identification experience in noble liquid detectors. 

The duration of the post is two years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension subject to the availability of funding. The post-holder will be employed for the duration of the post by Royal Holloway, University of London, which offers a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including generous annual leave. 

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=0822-353
For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contact by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk 
Please arrange for two letters of recommendation to be submitted by email to Prof. Monroe before the closing date. 
Please quote the reference: 0822-353

Contact: Jocelyn Monroe

Letters of Reference should be sent to: jocelyn.monroe@rhul.ac.uk