Postdoctoral Researcher in Experimental Particle Physics
University of Sussex Department of Physics and Astronomy
United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Researcher in Experimental Particle Physics 

School/department: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Hours: Full time or Part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).

Contract: Fixed term; until 30 September 2022 (with the possibility to extension, subject to funding)

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Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum

Placed on: 24 June 2020 

Closing dateTuesday 11 August 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.

Expected interview date:  Friday 21 August 2020

Expected start date: 01 September 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter

Job description

Applications are invited from talented and creative scientists for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Experimental Particle Physics on supernova neutrino detection with the SNO+ and DUNE experiments. You are an efficient and capable programmer able to process and analyse large-scale experimental data, and have an affinity for experimental work.

The SNO+ experiment will probe a wide range of neutrino physics. The detector will be loaded with natural tellurium, enabling a world-leading search for neutrinoless double beta-decay. The programme also includes antineutrinos from reactors and geothermal activity, solar neutrinos and watching for a supernova in our galaxy. The DUNE detector is currently being developed and, whilst it will focus is on measuring neutrino oscillations, it will also have a unique sensitivity to neutrinos from a potential supernova. 

The Sussex SNO+ group's activities are currently centred around the overall calibration of the experiment, as well as neutrinoless double-beta decay analysis, supernova neutrinos and reactor antineutrinos. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining the Sussex calibration systems, be actively involved in the calibration campaigns, and further develop and maintain the SNO+ supernova trigger. They will also take a leading role in the supernova analysis group. In addition, we expect the successful candidate to contribute to the development of a future upgrade of the SNO+ detector. 

In DUNE, the Sussex group plays a leading role in the DAQ development. A particular challenge is the ability to trigger on supernova neutrinos, where there is overlap with SNO+ physics. The successful candidate will assist the group in developing the algorithms for the supernova trigger, and assess the potential physics performance. 

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in science and engineering at Sussex. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Prof Simon Peeters, s.j.m.peeters@sussex.ac.uk.

How to apply

Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to mpsrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.


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