Research Associate in Applied Physics
Imperial College London Department of Physics
United Kingdom

Job summary

The High Energy Physics Group at Imperial College London invites applications for a Research Associate position to work on the CMS experiment at the LHC. This position will involve contributing to the Group’s commitments to the Phase-2 upgrade.

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00710
  • Date posted 23 June 2020
  • Closing date 24 July 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 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 CMS experiment at the LHC. This position will involve contributing to the Group’s commitments to the Phase-2 upgrade.

Duties and responsibilities

The Imperial CMS group has major detector responsibilities in the tracking and trigger systems of CMS, as well as long standing interests in upgrades to the tracker, endcap calorimeter and Level-1 trigger. You will work on the design, development and testing of these upgrades.

Essential requirements

You will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant area or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.

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

  • Extensive experience of firmware development and use
  • Experience with hardware and/or detector operations in a cutting-edge HEP environment
  • Experience of operating and maintaining hardware based on state-of-the-art FPGAs
  • Experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently
  • Experience in leadership or evidence of future leadership potential
  • Very good knowledge and experience of programming in VHDL
  • A creative approach to problem-solving with a high-level analytic ability

In addition, it would be desirable if you had:

  • Experience of operating particle detectors in test-beams, and the subsequent data analysis
  • Experience of working on the design and construction of HEP detectors
  • Experience of working in an international collaborative environment
  • A strong track record with clearly defined individual contributions
  • Good knowledge and experience of programming in HLS
  • Knowledge and experience of programming in C++ or Python

Further information

This is a fixed term position available for up to 3 years in the first instance.

The post will be based in London but will require regular travel to CERN in Geneva. 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 £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

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 future neutrino oscillation experiment DUNE at Fermilab and SURF in the USA; the search for dark matter with the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment in the USA; the search for charged lepton flavour violation with COMET in Japan; the MICE experiment in the UK; and 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 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 Paul Dauncey (, Prof Gavin Davies ( or Dr Alex Tapper (

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Paula Brown, Section Administrator,

If you experience any technical issues when applying online please email

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

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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