Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental Particle Physics

Queen Mary University of London School of Physics and Astronomy

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental Particle Physics 

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £33,324 - £40,194 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL22488
Location: Mile End Hospital
Date posted: 23-Jul-2020
Closing date: 22-Aug-2020


About the Role

The successful applicant will join the Particle Physics Research Centre (PPRC) neutrino group, currently involved in NOvA and DUNE. On NOvA we are involved in the beam simulation, the near detector analyses, and the NOvA-T2K joint oscillation analysis. Our involvement in DUNE is in ProtoDUNE, the high-pressure  TPC, and the data acquisition system for the near detector.

The successful candidate will be expected to make significant contributions to both NOvA and DUNE, especially in the joint NOvA-T2K analysis and DUNE near detector.

About You

You will have completed or be about to complete a PhD in particle physics and have a track record of making leading contributions to an experimental programme. You should be proficient at coding using C++ and/or Python. Desirable experience that may differentiate strong candidates includes having worked on neutrino interactions/oscillation analyses, and working with hardware (particularly LAr technology), experience in project supervision and the use of multivariate methods.  

About the School

The successful applicant will join the PPRC to work on the NOvA and DUNE projects under the direction of the project PI, Dr Linda Cremonesi. The Centre consists of 9 academics, 10 PDRAs, 18 PhD students, and is supported by a strong research engineering and technical team of 4 people. In addition to our neutrino activities, we have a strong involvement in LHC physics via the ATLAS and MoEDAL experiments.  The Centre has a strong team of detector development experts focusing on diamond, silicon and organic semiconductor radiation detector development. The Centre operates one of the UK’s Tier 2 GridPP computing facilities.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. We fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. We embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum, a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is a full time, fixed term appointment for 3 years, with an expected start date of 1st October 2020. The starting salary will be in the range of £33,324 - £40,194 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Linda Cremonesi at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 22 August 2020

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

The School of Physics and Astronomy are proud to hold IoP JUNO Champion status and Athena SWAN silver status and have a number of supportive policies in place to facilitate a diverse and inclusive working environment within the school The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award. We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

Valuing equality and diversity

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