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Postdoctoral researcher in silicon detectors

School of Physics and Astronomy

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 19th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434
  • REF: 98929
  • Closes: 16th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time


To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by developing novel silicon sensors to support the particle and nuclear physics groups’ commitments to the R&D for a vertex and tracking detector for the Electron-Ion Collider and future experiments.

Work will be carried out in the Birmingham Instrumentation Laboratory for Particle physics and Applications (BILPA), in collaboration with scientific partners at UK Universities and research labs, and within the EIC collaboration, ALICE ITS3 project, and CERN Experimental Physics department R&D programme.

Summary of Role

• Primarily, development of novel Monolithic Active Pixel Sensor (MAPS) prototypes in 65 nm CMOS technology
• Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bids
• Operate within area of specialism
• Analyse and interpret research findings and results
• Contribute to generating funding
• Contribute to public understanding of the discipline

Main Duties/Responsibilities

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.

• Perform experimental characterisation of 65 nm MAPS prototypes in the BILPA clean rooms and at test beam facilities
• Plan the programme of device characterisation in coordination with colleagues in the group and (inter)nationally
• Collect, analyse and interpret data
• Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
• Disseminate research findings for publication, conferences, collaboration meetings, research seminars, etc
• Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students and technical staff
• Contribute to developing new models, techniques, and methods
• Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
• Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
• Contribute to writing bids for research funding
• Undertake management/administration arising from research
• Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
• Contribute to public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
• Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews *
• Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters *
• Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research *
• Promote equality and value diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification

• A higher degree (PhD) in High Energy Physics or related discipline equivalent qualifications
• Extensive experience with testing techniques for the characterisation of silicon detectors in laboratory and test beam experiments
• Proven ability to develop software for the analysis of experimental data
• Ability to evolve project specifications based on collected experimental evidence
• Experience working in a team with students, engineering, and technical staff
• Willingness to travel within the UK and oversea to conduct experiments and work with collaborators
• Ability to write software/firmware and/or develop hardware for DAQ systems is a bonus
• High level analytical capability
• Ability to communicate complex information clearly via oral presentations/posters, scientific publications, seminars
• Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
• Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
• Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
• Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
• Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
• Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Informal enquiries to Dr Laura Gonella, l.gonella@bham.ac.uk, Professor Peter Jones, p.g.jones@bham.ac.uk, Professor Paul Newman, p.r.newman@bham.ac.uk.

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