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Silicon Detector Development Engineer

University of Oxford

  • London & South East England
  • £47,263.00 - £54,765.00
  • Permanent
  • Closing date 15 Apr 2020

Job ref: 145576

Silicon Detector Development Engineer
Particle Physics, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford
Grade 9: £47,263 - £54,765 p.a.


The Sub-department of Particle Physics is seeking an exceptional engineer or applied physicist to take a leading role in the production and development of silicon detectors for particle physics, and their associated support systems.

The permanent full-time post is supported by the Department of Physics and is based in Oxford. Extensive travel will be necessary.

The postholder will join the team leading the world class Oxford Physics Microstructure Detector facility (OPMD). They will help develop the facility's robotic systems to assemble pixel modules for the ATLAS Upgrade project, and the production of ultra-lightweight DMAPS pixel structures for the Mu3e experiment. As part of the senior OPMD team they will oversee and support aspects of the detector development projects, including HVCMOS/DMAPS monolithic devices, LGAD fast timing sensors, CCDs for the LSST project, and latest generation Medipix4/Timepix4 devices for use in fields beyond particle physics. The postholder will supervise a number of staff and students working on OPMD projects. They will also make a significant contribution to the future direction of the laboratory, initiating new projects and developing future activities. OPMD's activities reach beyond the core particle physics projects; the team is active in developing silicon detectors for photon science, chemistry, materials science, and other applications.

The postholder will lead the mechanical design and production of new silicon detectors, and manage their prototyping and assembly. This will entail intellectual leadership in the design and development of the mechanical and thermal aspects of silicon pixel sensor modules, and detectors constructed from arrays of these modules. It will involve the further development of the specialist robotic assembly techniques pioneered by OPMD, and will include managing the development of CAD models, in collaboration with the departmental mechanical engineering team, to meet the challenges of very low mass support and cooling structures for the ATLAS and Mu3e experiments.

Applicants should hold a PhD in experimental particle physics, or a degree in physics, mechanical engineering or related subjects. They should have extensive experience the design, development, and/or construction of silicon detectors for particle physics or similar related fields. In particular focussing on the mechanical and thermal aspects of these systems

Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they can lead and manage projects from feasibility and conceptual design through to manufacture, final assembly, testing and commissioning. They should also be comfortable working on multiple projects simultaneously, and working on projects that are beyond the usual remit of particle physics departments.

If following interview, it is evident that there is insufficient knowledge or experience of a candidate to achieve the essential and desired criteria an offer of a lower grade and pay scale may be made (Grade 8: £41,526 - £49,553 p.a.).

Informal enquiries about this post may be made to Daniela Bortoletto: daniela.bortoletto@physics.ox.ac.uk or Ian Shipsey: Ian.shipsey@physics.ox.ac.uk.

You will be required to upload a CV a description of work experience and interests and the names and addresses of three referees as part of your online application. In addition you should arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent to: sue.geddes@physics.ox.ac.uk
by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters.

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Only applications received by 12.00 noon on 15 April 2020 can be considered.
Contact Person :     Mrs Sue Geddes     Vacancy ID :     145576
Contact Phone :     01865 273353     Closing Date & Time :     15-Apr-2020 12:00
Contact Email :     sue.geddes@physics.ox.ac.uk

 

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