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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

Job Details:

Title:Research Associate in Particle Physics
Location:Edinburgh U.
Contact:Dr. Andrzej Szelc
Closing Date:2021-06-15

Job Description:

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate in Particle Physics.
This is a post to work on dark matter detection in liquid argon experiments, hosted jointly between the Dark Matter & Neutrino groups within the Department of Physics at Royal Holloway, University of London and the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. Both groups are active in the DarkSide-20k direct dark matter search experiment, as well as the Fermilab liquid argon neutrino programme. The focus spans scintillation light detection, calibration, triggering, development of analysis tools for WIMP and Dark Sector particle searches. Both groups have broad detector development programmes, focusing on characterizing novel silicon photosensor modules for the DarkSide-20k experiment. 

This post will involve working with a team applying multidisciplinary skills in the general areas of physics analysis, software development, and detector characterisation. The post-holder will contribute to production and characterisation of the DarkSide-20k experiment’s silicon photosensor system, develop software to measure photosensor performance metrics, and optimise use of photosensor data in the dark matter search. The post holder will also work on the Fermilab neutrino programme developing a novel search for signatures of Dark Sector particles created in neutrino beams, interacting in a liquid argon detector.

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.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics or a closely related area, as well as prior experience relevant to one or more of the following: (I) low-background and/or weakly interacting particle experimentation including simulation, commissioning and/or data analysis; (ii) photosensor fabrication, calibration and/or data analysis; (iii) analysis framework software development; and, (iv) calibration and particle identification in noble liquid detectors.
The post duration is 2 years, with the possibility of extension subject to availability of funding.
The post-holder will be located for the duration of the post at the University of Edinburgh. The holder of the post will be supervised jointly by Dr. Andrzej Szelc of University of Edinburgh and Prof. Jocelyn Monroe of Royal Holloway, University of London.
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr. Andrzej Szelc at a.szelc@ed.ac.uk and Prof. Jocelyn Monroe at Jocelyn.Monroe@rhul.ac.uk.
To apply for this post, please visit
Please arrange for two letters of recommendation to be submitted by email to Dr. Szelc and Prof. Monroe before the closing date. 
Please quote the reference: 0421-105

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