Post Doctoral Scholar in Physics

Ohio State University Department of Physics

United States

Position Information

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Number of Positions Available 1

University Title Post Doctoral Scholar

Working Title Post Doctoral Scholar

Department Physics

Department Location Columbus

Requisition Number 461596

Summary of Duties

The Departments of Physics, within the College of Arts and Sciences, seek a Post Doctoral Scholar to work on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics; formerly called European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.

The successful candidate will be expected to play a leading role in both the High Luminosity (HL-LHC) upgrade of the CMS detector and the analysis of Run 3 data when the LHC resumes operation next year. Successful applicants will strengthen the existing efforts of the OSU CMS group in these areas. In particular, for the HL-LHC this hire will join either the Forward Pixel Tracker (TFPX) Silicon Pixel Detector Construction project where OSU is one of the two model testing centers in the US, or the Endcap Muon project where OSU is involved in upgrades to the front-end electronics. For data analysis, the hire will be encouraged to develop innovative searches for Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) physics that complement the group’s existing analyses, where the emphasis for the past decade has been on long-lived particles (LLPs). This OSU group is also a leading member of millIQan, a proposed experiment at the LHC designed to detect millicharged particles produced at the CMS Impact Parameter (IP) that has recently published its first physics results in Phys.Rev.D 102 (2020) 3, 032002. If a candidate were interested, they would have the possibility to spend a fraction of their time on milliQan in addition to CMS. A PhD in experimental high energy physics, or a closely related discipline, is required for this position. Extended residence at CERN, or frequent travel to CERN (when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted) if the applicant prefers to be based in Columbus will be necessary.

Additional Information for Applicants:

In addition to the submission of this on-line application, applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a list of primary publications, a statement of research interest, and arrange for three reference letters and email to

Prof. Christopher. S. Hill
The Ohio State University
Department of Physics
191 West Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1117

Review of applications will begin in October and will continue until the position is filled. E-mail inquiries should be sent to

Pre Employment Screening Requires the successful completion of a background check.

Required Qualifications

Post-Doctorate in physics. Candidates must have demonstrated records of accomplishments in experimental particle physics.

Target Salary $48,000.00 - $55,000.00 Annually

Job Category Research

Job Appointment (FTE%)


Full/Part Time Full-time

Temporary or Regular Term

Posting Start Date 09/26/2020

Posting End Date 10/25/2020

Dept Contact Name Hood,Pamela S

Dept Contact Phone 614/292-6486

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. *Are you related in any way to a faculty/staff member in the unit of the position for which you are applying?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. *What prompted you to apply for this position at The Ohio State University? Please select an answer below:
    • Referred by personal contact
    • Referred by OSU recruiter
    • Job/Career Fair
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Columbus Dispatch
    • Professional organization
    • HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • Local newspapers
    • Other
  3. *Do you have a Doctoral Degree in Physics?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. *Are you aware that, in addition to the submission of this on-line application, you must send a curriculum vitae, a list of primary publications, a statement of research interest, and arrange for three reference letters and email to
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents Optional Documents
  1. Resume
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