Research Associate - Experimental Particle Physics

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Research Associate - Experimental Particle Physics
£30,357 - £41,988 (depending on skills and experience)
Full time
Fixed Term (5 years)

About Us
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.  

About the role
Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in Experimental Particle Physics to work on Trigger and Data Acquisition Systems (DAQ) within the Particle Physics Department (PPD) at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The post will be associated with the CMS experiment.

The design and construction of the CMS Electromagnetic Calorimeter Endcaps was led by the PPD CMS group, which also played a major role in the tracker readout. The CMS PPD group is currently involved in the development and implementation of advanced trigger algorithms for the Phase-2 upgrade of CMS in both the Electromagnetic Calorimeter (ECAL) and the tracker as well as in the overall Level 1 trigger system. The group has a strong interest in physics beyond the standard model including analyses such as the search for a Z’ boson and analyses requiring larger integrated luminosities such as searches for BSM Higgs bosons.  

The first-level of triggering within HEP experiments requires very fast and increasingly sophisticated processing of data. The post will be primarily focused on the development of fast and efficient pulse reconstruction and energy clustering algorithms for the ECAL Phase-2 trigger. These will take full advantage of the higher spatial granularity and time resolution offered by the upgrade and the new generation of high performance processing boards. The post will require you to work at the forefront of technologies relevant to this field.

About you
It is essential that you have a PhD in Particle Physics or equivalent experience.

You will have experience of software development using C++ and Python and experience of working on real-time systems in high energy particle physics experiments.

Prior knowledge of the CMS online and offline software frameworks and of the CMS electromagnetic calorimeter is also essential.

What we offer
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

How to Apply
Please submit a covering letter and CV, a statement of research interests, and a list of publications, ensuring the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please inform Mrs. G. Birch when sending in applications and arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to gill.birch@stfc.ac.uk.  Please note that failure to address the above criteria may result in your application not being considered. Please contact david.petyt@stfc.ac.uk for additional enquiries on the role.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the ‘Apply for this job’ button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 3rd February 2019.


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