Specialist and/or Project Scientist in Experimental Particle Physics University of California, Irvine, School of Physical Sciences - Physics & Astronomy United States

Specialist and/or Project Scientist in Experimental Particle Physics


  • School of Physical Sciences - Physics & Astronomy



Open May 18th, 2017 through December 31st, 2018


The University of California, Irvine, working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN seeks an outstanding candidate with background in electrical engineering to work on a project for experimental particle physics. The position is available immediately.


Position Summary:
UCI has been a member of the ATLAS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) since 1994 and is actively involved the Muon Spectrometer and the Trigger and Data Acquisition System. The successful candidate will work on the upgrade of the muon trigger for High-Luminosity LHC upgrade scheduled to be completed by 2025. The candidate is expected to contribute the development of a hardware muon trigger using ATLAS Muon Drift Chambers (MDT). This trigger system consists of ATCA-based, complex, high-speed digital circuits communicating with fiber optics and using FPGA and ARM processors. The candidate will contribute to the R&D and the construction phases and he/she is expected to lead the technical design and specifications definition, develop the firmware for the hardware base trigger and contribute to the validation and testing of the system.


Responsibility will include:
• Responsibilities will include digital system and logic design, fast analog and digital circuit design and testing, and development of FPGA ­based trigger systems. 
• Work will involve design, simulation and troubleshooting embedded systems, involving hands-on hardware prototype.
• Lead engineering tasks necessary from the design stages through the review, procurement, manufacturing, integration, testing, and operation of the hardware muon trigger.
• Work collaboratively with other engineers and physicists as well as mentor students and postdoctoral researchers working on the project.
• Documentation of the firmware/electronics test procedures and test systems.
• Publishing scientific papers on ATLAS upgrade.
• Presenting work to scientific collaborators, conference, workshop and reviews.


Qualification and Essential Job Functions:
• Bachelor’s Degree or above in Electrical Engineering (BSEE, MSEE or PhD EE), Computer Engineering (BSCE, MSCE or PhD CE) or in Physics/Applied Physics (BS/BSc, MS or PhD Physics).
• Ph.D is required for an appointment in the Project Scientist series.
• At least 3 years working with electrical circuits and embedded hardware such as FPGA and ARM processors.
• Experience in FPGA firmware development and simulation (Verilog and/or VHDL).
• Knowledge of electrical design and experience to draw and read electrical schematics.
• Experience with electronics testing/qualification is expected, as is knowledge of Unix operating systems and C programming.
• Demonstrated ability to plan and carry out independent research and project leadership.
• Good verbal and written communication skills.


• Salary is commensurate with experience.
• The appointment will be made either as a Specialist or as a Project Scientist depending on the candidate qualifications.
• The initial contract is one-year, renewable upon satisfactory job performance and continuing availability of funds.
• Work will be primarily performed at UC Irvine and will require travel to CERN as well as domestic travel to institutions with whom we collaborate.


Interested candidates should apply online at the UC Irvine’s online application system, RECRUIT, located at **https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF03987and must submit in PDF format:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae including publications
  3. A statement describing past work experience in electronic engineering
  4. Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers).


For general information about this position, please contact Prof. Anyes Taffard, ataffard@uci.edu.


The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.



Irvine, CA



Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - A statement describing past work experience in electronic engineering

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required



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