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Research Associate in High Energy Physics

Department of Physics

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 16th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £41,593 - £49,210
  • REF: NAT01000
  • Closes: 14th October 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

The High Energy Physics (HEP) group at Imperial College London invites applications for a Research Associate position to work on the CMS experiment at the LHC. This position will involve contributing to the group’s commitments to the Phase-2 upgrade.

Duties and responsibilities

The Imperial CMS group has major detector responsibilities in the tracking and trigger systems of CMS, as well as long standing interests in upgrades to the tracker, endcap calorimeter and Level-1 trigger. You will work on the design, development and testing of these upgrades, in particular the endcap calorimeter.

Essential requirements

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 with modern electronics and/or detector operations in an HEP environment
  • Experience of data handling, algorithms and machine learning techniques in HEP
  • Experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently
  • Experience in leadership or evidence of future leadership potential
  • Knowledge and experience of programming in C++ or Python
  • A creative approach to problem-solving with a high-level analytic ability

In addition, it would be desirable if you had:

  • Experience with operating test stands and/or commissioning electronics systems
  • Experience of operating and maintaining hardware based on state-of-the-art FPGAs
  • Experience of working in an international collaborative environment
  • A strong track record with clearly defined individual contributions
  • Knowledge of FPGA firmware development in VHDL or HLS

Further information

This is a fixed term position available for up to three years with the possibility of extension.

The position will be based in London but will require regular travel to CERN in Geneva, or vice versa. 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 £36,694 – £39,888 per annum.

The High Energy Physics Group’s strategy for leadership in designing, constructing, and exploiting scientifically the leading experiments in particle physics sustains our high international profile. The 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 and impact through the application of HEP technologies. There are also significant accelerator, phenomenology and Grid computing programmes. The Group is the host of two Imperial College Centres of Excellence: Centre for Clinical Application of Particles and Centre for High-Throughout Digital Electronics and Machine Learning .

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 information about the Department’s EDI work can be found at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/physics/about/equality-diversity-and-inclusion/ .

Further details about the position are available from Prof. Paul Dauncey, p.dauncey@imperial.ac.uk .

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Paula Brown, Section Administrator, paula.brown@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/

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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