Postdoctoral Scientist in Experimental Particle Physics

Stockholm University Department of Physics


Postdoctoral Scientist in Experimental Particle Physics at the ATLAS Experiment

Ref. No. SU FV-0568-21


at the Department of Physics. Closing date: March 31, 2021.

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 250 employees of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). 

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Project description

The elementary particle physics division at Stockholm University invites applicants for a two year postdoctoral position to work on the ATLAS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The main focus will be the analysis of ATLAS data to search for exotic heavy long-lived particles. The research will be carried out within SHIFT - Solving the Higgs Fine-Tuning Problem with Top Partners, a research project funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation.

Through collaboration between experimental and theoretical physicists, the project aims to develop possible extensions of the Standard Model that solve the fine-tuning problem of the Higgs boson mass as well as novel ways to search for these with the ATLAS experiment. The successful candidate is also expected to perform service work in areas such as data reconstruction and detector performance.  

The ATLAS group at Stockholm University has been active in the construction, commissioning and calibration of several ATLAS detector components: the Tile Calorimeter and the First Level Trigger system and continues to carry responsibilities in these areas. The group is also involved in several combined performance groups, e.g. the flavour tagging group and Jet/Etmiss groups, as well as in the data preparation area where we play a leading role in the luminosity determination using Inner Detector tracks.

Our main research topics are searches for supersymmetry, dark matter and di-Higgs production as well as measurements in the top-quark sector. We are a part of  the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics (OKC), a rich scientific environment that comprises more than a hundred researchers working in both theory and experiment in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics and particle physics at both Stockholm University and the Royal Institute for Technology. The OKC hosts a vibrant research programme on dark matter, dark energy, transient and multimessenger astrophysics, structure formation, and related particle physics questions.

Main responsibilities

The successful candidate will play a leading role in ATLAS searches for signatures of long-lived particles. Service work for ATLAS (eg. calibration or data reconstruction) is also required, though the main focus of the position is on data analysis. 

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to proven experience in the analysis of data from large particle physics experiments. We are looking for a driven candidate with a deep interest in particle physics and with strong ability to work both individually and in groups. Good command of the English language is essential.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date as soon as possible as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Prof. David Milstead,, Prof. Sara Strandberg,, or Prof. Per-Erik Tegnér,

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references
    Important: Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters via email to: and state in the subject line: SU FV-0568-21 + name of the applicant.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 31/03/2021


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