Research Associate in High Energy Physics

Imperial College London Department of Physics

Job summary

Imperial College London invites applications for a Research Associate position to work on the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. 

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT01025
  • Date posted 22 April 2022
  • Closing date 6 June 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £41,593 – £49,210 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Physics
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Imperial College London invites applications for a Research Associate position to work on the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. 

Duties and responsibilities

You will focus on the analysis of rare decay modes in which significant anomalies with respect to the predictions of the Standard Model have been observed. We have played a leading role in measurements of lepton flavour universality ratios in rare and semileptonic B meson decay modes, and angular and amplitude analyses of rare decays. We expect the successful candidates to take an active role in LHCb data analysis in these or other areas with the potential to observe physics beyond the Standard Model. This is one of several Research Associate positions at the universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Imperial College London to create a team to work closely with faculty from all three institutes.

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience) in a relevant area

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

  • A strong track record with clearly defined individual contributions
  • Experience of data analysis techniques and algorithms in experimental particle physics
  • Evidence of ability to identify new research opportunities or develop new techniques
  • Experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently
  • Experience in computing and advanced programming in C++ or Python
  • Experience in leadership or evidence of future leadership potential
  • Experience of working in an international collaborative environment

In addition, it would be desirable if you had:

  • Experience with machine learning techniques
  • Experience with Monte Carlo simulation techniques and tools
  • Experience of Grid computing in High Energy Physics
  • Evidence of ability to write high quality research papers

Further information

This is a full time position for up to three years in the first instance.

The position will be based in the UK but will require regular travel to CERN. Other UK and foreign travel is likely to be required.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 - £39,888 per annum.

The High Energy Physics Group’s strategy for leadership in designing, constructing, and exploiting scientifically the leading experiments in particle physics sustains our high international profile. The 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 and impact through the application of HEP technologies. There are also significant accelerator, phenomenology and Grid computing programmes. The Group is the host of two Imperial College Centres of Excellence: Centre for Clinical Application of Particles and Centre for High-Throughout Digital Electronics and Machine Learning.

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.  See our EDI webpage for more Information. We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds, especially those historically underrepresented in Physics.

Further details about the position and the project are available from Dr Mitesh Patel mitesh.patel@imperial.ac.uk.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact 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/

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