Research Assistant / Associate in High Energy Physics
Imperial College London, Department of Physics
United Kingdom

This position will involve analysis of the CMS data and to also contribute to experimental operations and/or preparation of the Phase-2 upgrade. These tasks will involve working with a team applying multidisciplinary skills in the general areas of hardware, software, computing and analysis.


The Imperial College CMS group is playing important roles in data analysis, particularly focussing on long-lived particle searches, B physics and Higgs studies. All these activities involve the application and development of machine learning techniques. The Imperial CMS group also has major detector responsibilities in the tracking and trigger systems of CMS, as well as long standing interests in upgrades to the tracker, calorimeter and Level 1 trigger.


You will hold a PhD (for appointment as Research Associate) or be about to submit (for appointment as Research Assistant) in Experimental Particle Physics or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.


You must have the following essential criteria:

  • - Experience of data analysis in experimental High Energy Physics
  • - Good knowledge and experience of programming in C++
  • - Experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently
  • - Experience in leadership or evidence of future leadership potential
  • - A strong research record with clearly defined individual contributions


In addition it would be desirable if you had:

  • - A proven ability to communicate with people at all levels
  • - Knowledge of hardware and a good understanding of detector operation
  • - Knowledge of the use of simulation and advanced statistical analysis techniques
  • - Experience of working in an international collaborative environment
  • - Familiarity with machine learning and deep learning techniques
  • - Experience of firmware development and use


Applications can be made online via our website. Please go to www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs  and search for NAT00506.


The Imperial College High Energy Physics Group has a strong ongoing experimental programme encompassing the CMS and LHCb experiments at the LHC; the T2K, Super-Kamiokande and future Hyper-Kamiokande experiments in Japan; the search for sterile neutrinos with SoLid in Belgium; the search for dark matter with the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment in the US; the search for charged lepton flavour violation with COMET in Japan; the MICE experiment in the UK; and SHiP and SuperNEMO activities. 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 Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.


Further details about the positon are available from Prof. Oliver Buchmueller (o.buchmueller@imperial.ac.uk), Dr Alex Tapper (a.tapper@imperial.ac.uk), Prof David Colling (d.colling@imperial.ac.uk) or Dr Nick Wardle (n.wardle09@imperial.ac.uk)


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


If you experience any technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@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.


http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.



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