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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

Job Details:

Title:Research Associate in High Energy Physics
Location:Imperial Coll., London
Contact:Prof. Henrique Araújo
Closing Date:2021-06-18

Job Description:

Research Associate in High Energy Physics
High Energy Physics Group, Department of Physics
South Kensington Campus
Salary range: £40,858 - £48,340 per annum
Fixed Term: Two years in the first instance, with possibility of extension
The High Energy Physics Group at Imperial College London invites applications for a Research Associate position to work on the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment hosted at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in the USA. This position will involve contributing to the operation and physics exploitation of the experiment which is soon to start taking data.
The Imperial group has made major contributions to the design and construction of LZ and it hosts one of its two data centres. The team has been developing novel analyses techniques for liquid xenon detectors, both for very low-energy scattering interactions of dark matter particles and for searches of neutrinoless double beta decay in Xe-136.
You will also have the opportunity to contribute to innovative R&D activities towards the realisation of a next-generation liquid xenon experiment devoted to dark matter searches and neutrino physics, ensuring that the physics potential of such a “rare event observatory” can be fully realised.
You will hold a PhD* in a relevant area or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.
You must also be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:
-       Experience of data analysis techniques and algorithms in experimental particle physics
-       Experience with Monte Carlo simulation techniques and tools
-       Experience in computing and advanced programming in C++ or Python
-       Knowledge of nuclear radiation detection and related instrumentation
-       Experience in leadership or evidence of future leadership potential
-       Experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently
-       Experience of working in an international collaborative environment
In addition, it would be desirable if you had:
-       Experience with machine learning techniques
-       Knowledge of noble liquid detectors
-       Knowledge of low-radioactivity techniques and experiments
-       A strong track record with clearly defined individual contributions
The position will be based in London but will require regular travel to SURF (South Dakota, USA). Other UK and foreign travel is likely to be required.
*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.
Applications can be made online via our website. Please go to www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search for NAT00921.
The Imperial College High Energy Physics Group has a strong ongoing experimental programme encompassing the T2K, Super-Kamiokande and future Hyper-Kamiokande experiments in Japan; the future neutrino oscillation experiment DUNE at Fermilab and SURF in the USA; the search for sterile neutrinos with SoLid in Belgium; the search for charged lepton flavour violation with COMET in Japan; the CMS and LHCb experiments at the LHC; the search for dark matter with the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment in the USA; the MICE experiment in the UK; the Atom Interferometer Observatory and Network (AION) project in the UK and the USA; SHiP and SuperNEMO activities and the development of future experiments. There are also significant accelerator, phenomenology and Grid computing programmes.
More information about the Department of Physics and the High Energy Physics Group can be found on our webpages.
The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Practitioner and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.
Further details about the position are available from Prof. Henrique Araújo (h.araujo@imperial.ac.uk).
Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Ms Paula Brown, Section Administrator, email: paula.brown@imperial.ac.uk.
If you experience any technical issues when applying online please email support.jobs@imperial.ac.uk
The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/
The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.
Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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