Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate in Experimental High Energy Physics

University of Cambridge Department of Physics

United Kingdom

The Department of Physics, the Cavendish Laboratory, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Experimental High Energy Physics to commence on 1 June 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The experimental High Energy Physics research group of the Cavendish Laboratory has major involvements in the ATLAS and LHCb experiments at CERN, in the MicroBooNE and DUNE experiments at Fermilab, and in the AION Project and MAGIS experiments. The group has strong links to phenomenologists within the Cavendish Laboratory, at DAMPT, and beyond.

The successful candidate will strengthen the group's existing international reputation in experimental particle physics on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, and will work on the physics case of the recently proposed ANUBIS experiment ( that will extend the ATLAS' sensitivity to search for long-lived particles with decay lengths in excess of 10 m. A particular focus of this work will be on detailed simulations of the ANUBIS detector, and the optimisation of the detector geometry considering potential Beyond the SM scenarios and SM processes. Another important aspect is contributing to the construction, commissioning, and eventual data taking of the proANUBIS prototype in the ATLAS cavern during Run 3.

Necessary requirements:

  • PhD in (Astro-)Particle Physics (awarded or close to submission)
  • Strong research record in experimental (astro-) particle physics
  • Familiarity with HEP scientific computing, i.e., Linux, Condor, etc.
  • Programming fluency in C++ and python
  • Ability to work in an international team of scientists
  • Ability to travel to CERN for detector-related work

Desirable requirements:

  • Familiarity with MC simulation programmes
  • Familiarity with GEANT4
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Expertise in muon detection and RPC detector technology
  • Experience with DAQ and R/O systems
  • Experience with reconstruction algorithms: muons, tracking, MET

The post will be a fixed term appointment for 12 months in the first instance. The successful candidate will be based at the Cavendish Laboratory, with the possibility to travel to CERN for detector-related work. Appointment at Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded). The Research Associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £32,816 to £40,322. The Research Assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £26,715 to £30,942.

The closing date for applications is Monday 26 April 2021.

Please submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter together with a list of key publications in the Upload section of the online application. The names and contact details of two referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by 3 May 2021.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

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Informal enquiries can be addressed via email to Dr Oleg Brandt .

Please quote reference KA26214 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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