Research Associate on Electron Ion Collider (EiC)

Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK
£31,931 - £34,709 per annum
12 May 2022
11 Jun 2022

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Job Title: Research Associate in Particle Physics on Electron Ion Collider (EiC)
Salary: £31,931- £34,709 (Band D) per annum, dependent upon skills and experience
Benefits: 30 days holiday + 10.5 bank holidays + defined average salary pension
Hours: Full time
Contract Type: Two-year fixed, with the possibility of an extension.
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire
Closing date for applications will be Tuesday 31st May 2022

About Us

The Particle Physics Department (PPD) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) of Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), is one of the largest Particle Physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.

PPD works closely with STFC's Technology Department (TD) CMOS Sensor Design group on HV-CMOS MAPS sensors. We are active in investigating the use of silicon sensors for position and timing measurements for the LHCb, Electron-Ion Collider and future collider projects as well as basic research into the properties and simulation of silicon and Gallium Nitride devices.

About the role

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Associate position in Experimental Particle Physics to work on the R&D phase of the Electron-Ion Collider experiment planned for Brookhaven, USA.

In this role you will contribute to the sensor design, characterisation and DAQ system for prototype sensors for the vertex and barrel tracking subdetectors based on 65nm MAPS CMOS technology. You will also test existing sensor technologies to see if they are suitable for the EiC as well as working on the design, testing and characterisation of new test structures and sensors created by STFC's CMOS Sensor Design group and the ALICE/ITS3 project.

About You

  • A Ph.D. in Particle Physics or a degree or higher in electronic engineering
  • Knowledge of C++ or Python
  • The ability to excel at producing original research whilst working as part of large international collaboration.
  • Have a passion for continuous learning and personal & professional development.

How to Apply

Applications should consist of a CV and a covering letter explaining why the candidate is suited to this position. Please supply the names and contact details of three referees when applying. For an informal discussion about this role please contact: Dr. Fergus Wilson.

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