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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

Job Details:

Title:Research Associate
Position:Postdoc
Location:University of Bristol
Contact:Jim Brooke
Closing Date:2021-06-17

Job Description:


The Particle Physics group of the University of Bristol (tinyurl.com/particle-bristol), UK, seeks a Research Associate to join its team working on the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE, dunescience.org). DUNE will measure neutrino properties with unprecedented precision. The results could hold the key to fundamental questions such as the origin of the predominance of matter over antimatter in the universe. A high-intensity neutrino beam sent from Fermilab near Chicago will be observed 1300km away with time projection chambers filled with 40kT of liquid Argon located in the Homestead mine in South Dakota. This giant detector will also be sensitive to neutrino signals from astrophysical events such as galactic supernovae and neutron star mergers.

This is the first time this exquisitely precise detector technology will be used on such a huge scale and as such the data acquisition system for this high-granularity detector presents a substantial challenge. The Bristol group has major responsibilities in this area. In particular, Bristol is leading development of the timing system necessary to synchronise data across the vast detectors. The post-holder will play a central role in this key effort. This position is funded until 30/09/2023 2023, with an expectation of extension until October 2026. 

The position would be suitable for a particle physicist with an interest in detector technology (especially data acquisition), or a suitably qualified engineer who would like to join a leading international particle physics project. Applicants should hold a PhD or be about to submit their PhD thesis, but suitably qualified candidates with equivalent experience will also be considered. The successful applicant will play a central role in developing, commissioning and operating custom electronics hardware for the DUNE far detector timing system.

We are seeking to employ a suitable candidate as soon as possible.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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