Postdoc in Experimental Particle Physics

Royal Institute of Technology School of Engineering Sciences

Postdoc in Experimental Particle Physics

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The particle and astroparticle physics group conducts experimental and theoretical research in both particle- and astroparticle physics. The group is active in the ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC, in particular in measurements of the Higgs boson and in searches for supersymmetric particles. The astroparticle physics group conducts multi-wavelength studies of compact celestial objects with a focus on X-/gamma-rays. We participate in the Fermi mission and are developing balloon-borne X-ray polarimeters. We also participate in the EUSO mission for the detection of ultra-high energy cosmic-rays. Members of the group are active in theoretical research in neutrino physics and supersymmetric models. The group is a member of The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics,, and collaborates with groups at Stockholm University located in the same building.

The group in experimental particle physics, whose research is based at the ATLAS-experiment at CERN, consists of two faculty members, a researcher and two graduate students. We are involved in measurements of the Higgs boson and in searches for physics beyond the standard model and dark matter, for example in searches for supersymmetric particles and new long-lived particles. We have made significant contributions to the design, construction and commissioning of the Liquid Argon calorimeter. For the upgrade of the ATLAS detector, we are involved in the new High Granularity Timing Detector (HGTD), in particular in its capacity for measuring the luminosity.

Job description

The postdoc will primarily work with the KTH upgrade responsibilities for the High Granularity Timing Detector. This will primarily involve programming in C++ and Python, and to participate in the development of the firmware for the electronic boards (FELIX) that receive the data from the detector.

Furthermore, the postdoc will contribute to the work needed to operate the ATLAS experiment. The KTH group has an institutional commitment to the measurement of the luminosity using reconstructed tracks, and some time is expected be devoted to this effort.

The postdoc is expected to contribute to physics analysis, where there are several possibilities to do so in one of the efforts already being pursued in the group.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Works in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline (With some exceptions for special reasons such as periods of sick or parental leave, kindly indicate if such reason exists in your resume).
  • Documented experience of programming in c++ and Python is required.

Preferred qualifications

Membership of the ATLAS collaboration is highly valuable. If not already a qualified member of the ATLAS collaboration, the candidate must have experience of detector work in another high-energy physics experiment, which is relevant to the KTH group upgrade responsibilities.

Prior experience of firmware programming is considered valuable. Experience with an ATLAS upgrade project or of working within one of the ATLAS detector communities is an advantage. The candidate must be able to demonstrate prior physics analysis experience.

We seek candidates who are dedicated, motivated and have documented experience of independent work. Good communication skills and experience of working in a team are meriting.

Teaching abilities.

Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency

Trade union representatives

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The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  • Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Please arrange to have these sent directly to Jonas Strandberg, with the title “Recommendation letter for [Name of candidate]”.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2020-03-01 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number S-2020-1726
Associate Professor Jonas Strandberg, +46 70 315 5505
Published 14.Dec.2020
Last application date 03.Feb.2021 11:59 PM CET