Post-Doctoral Research Assistant




Royal Holloway, U. of London


Closing Date:


Deadline: October 15th, 2011


The Particle Physics group at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant position to work on dark matter direct detection with the DEAP/CLEAN experiment.

The DEAP/CLEAN group at RHUL plays a major role in calibration and veto system instrumentation, in developing methods to discriminate between candidate dark matter signal and neutron background interactions, and in data-analysis efforts to search for signals of new physics. The group's key responsibilities are the installation and commissioning of the muon veto detector and pulsed neutron calibration source, involving electronic readout, reconstruction, simulation, and data analysis. The successful applicant will contribute significantly to the installation and commissioning of the MiniCLEAN detector at SNOLab, which is the current stage DEAP/CLEAN experiment, and will take a leading role in the dark matter search analysis. The group is also active in detector R&D, particularly in the area of directional dark matter detection with the DMTPC project. Further details about the Royal Holloway Experimental Particle Physics Group can be found at http://www.rhul.ac.uk/physics/research/particlephysics/experimentalparticlephysics.

The post is available with a starting date as early as 1st September 2011, for an initial term of two years, and the possibility of extension subject to performance. The appointment is offered starting at the level of Grade 7 spine point 31. Applicants should have a PhD (or be about to submit a thesis) in particle physics, and relevant research experience. The closing date for applications is October 15, 2011.

Royal Holloway is one of the four major centres of teaching and research in the University of London. The high energy physics group is active in the ATLAS experiment at CERN, dark matter searches, accelerator physics, and particle phenomenology. The research of the Physics Department is supported by GRID computing facilities, the London Low Temperature Laboratory, the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science with participation at CLIC, KEK, ESS and the Diamond Light Source, and collaboration in SEPnet and the NExT Institute for Particle Phenomenology.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to

An application form will be available to download shortly at http://www.rhul.ac.uk/jobs/jobsearchresults.aspx?jobresults_jobkeywords=Physics. RHUL positively welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


Letters of Reference should be sent to: Jocelyn.Monroe@rhul.ac.uk