Research Associate in High Energy Physics

Imperial College London Department of Physics

Job summary

The High Energy Physics Group at Imperial College London invites applications for a Research Associate position to work on the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment hosted at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in the USA. This position will involve contributing to the operation and physics exploitation of the experiment which is soon to start taking data.

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00921
  • Date posted 20 May 2021
  • Closing date 18 June 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,858 – £48,340 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Physics
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The High Energy Physics Group at Imperial College London invites applications for a Research Associate position to work on the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment hosted at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in the USA. This position will involve contributing to the operation and physics exploitation of the experiment which is soon to start taking data.

Duties and responsibilities

The Imperial group has made major contributions to the design and construction of LZ and it hosts one of its two data centres. The team has been developing novel analyses techniques for liquid xenon detectors, both for very low-energy scattering interactions of dark matter particles and for searches of neutrinoless double beta decay in Xe-136.

You will also have the opportunity to contribute to innovative R&D activities towards the realisation of a next-generation liquid xenon experiment devoted to dark matter searches and neutrino physics, ensuring that the physics potential of such a “rare event observatory” can be fully realised.

Essential requirements

You will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant area

You must also be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • Experience of data analysis techniques and algorithms in experimental particle physics
  • Experience with Monte Carlo simulation techniques and tools
  • Experience in computing and advanced programming in C++ or Python
  • Knowledge of nuclear radiation detection and related instrumentation
  • Experience in leadership or evidence of future leadership potential
  • Experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently
  • Experience of working in an international collaborative environment

In addition, it would be desirable if you had:

  • Experience with machine learning techniques
  • Knowledge of noble liquid detectors
  • Knowledge of low-radioactivity techniques and experiments
  • A strong track record with clearly defined individual contributions

Further information

This is a full time, fixed term position available for two years in the first instance with the possibility of extension.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

The position will be based in London but will require regular travel to SURF (South Dakota, USA). Other UK and foreign travel is likely to be required.

The Imperial College High Energy Physics Group has a strong ongoing experimental programme encompassing the T2K, Super-Kamiokande and future Hyper-Kamiokande experiments in Japan; the future neutrino oscillation experiment DUNE at Fermilab and SURF in the USA; the search for sterile neutrinos with SoLid in Belgium; the search for charged lepton flavour violation with COMET in Japan; the CMS and LHCb experiments at the LHC; the search for dark matter with the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment in the USA; the MICE experiment in the UK; the Atom Interferometer Observatory and Network (AION) project in the UK and the USA; SHiP and SuperNEMO activities and the development of future experiments. There are also significant accelerator, phenomenology and Grid computing programmes.

More information about the Department of Physics and the  High Energy Physics Group can be found on our webpages.

The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Practitioner and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

Further details about the position are available from Prof. Henrique Araújo, Professor of Physics (h.araujo@imperial.ac.uk).

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Ms Paula Brown, Section Administrator (paula.brown@imperial.ac.uk).

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

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We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.