Assistant Scientist in Experimental High Energy Physics

University of Florida

United States


The Department of Physics at the University of Florida (UF) seeks a full-time, twelve-month, time-limited, non-tenure track Assistant Scientist in Experimental High Energy Physics, to be renewed on a year-to-year basis contingent on funding and performance. The position would begin as soon as January 2020 and would be supported by non-state funding. The successful candidate will be responsible for the design, development and maintenance of the software required to control and monitor an electronic real-time data processing system (“trigger”) for the muon system of the CMS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron collider, and the software needed to model the detailed behavior of the implemented digital logic algorithms for that system. The candidate also would take a leading role in developing the algorithms and software elements for a new upgrade to that system for the High Luminosity LHC, a major upgrade for the LHC accelerator and detector program, with a production period beginning in 2020 and operations starting in 2026. The Assistant Scientist will join a group of five faculty members, an electronics specialist, and several graduate students and postdoctoral scientists working on the CMS research program.

The CMS muon trigger system is comprised of custom electronic cards designed by UF that incorporate advanced programmable logic elements called Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and high bandwidth optical links for data transmission. The selected person would work closely with our electronic specialist responsible for the hardware and FPGA firmware aspects of the same projects. The person also would work with the relevant coordinators of the software and the trigger projects in the CMS Collaboration to ensure compliance with the requirements of the experiment. Supervision of the work done by graduate students and postdoctoral associates in the CMS high-energy group collaborating on these topics also will be required, as will be documentation and reporting on progress and achievements to representatives of the funding agencies and to the CMS Collaboration. The selected person is also encouraged to be proactive in seeking opportunities to report novel developments to the community.


a) Hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in experimental particle physics at the time of appointment,

b) Have postdoctoral research experience in the field,

c) Have extensive experience with electronics-based trigger systems and muon detector systems at collider experiments,

d) Be proficient in the C++ and python programming languages and with Linux-based operating systems, and

e) Have experience with software version control using Git. Familiarity with the development and implementation of machine learning (AI) algorithms, and Verilog and Xilinx Vivado HLS firmware development languages for Xilinx FPGAs are highly desirable.

Application Instructions

All candidates must apply through UF, where additional information is provided. A complete application will include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with publication list, a research statement, and three confidential letters of recommendation. For full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by December 31, 2019. Questions should be directed to the search chair, Prof. Darin Acosta, at

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

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