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Project Scientist for the ATLAS Experiment

UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Posting live until
30 May 2024

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Position overview

Position title: Project Scientist for the ATLAS Experiment (Assistant Project Scientist)

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UCSC Salary Scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the scale titled, Represented Project ___ (e.g., Scientist) Series Fiscal Year . “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position is $71,500 - $86,000.

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: As soon as possible after the initial review of applications.

Position duration: Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: May 10, 2024

Next review date: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Oct 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an assistant project scientist to join the UCSC ATLAS group. The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) is an organized research unit within the University of California system. SCIPP’s scientific and technical staff are and have been involved in several cutting-edge research projects for more than 25 years. The primary focus is experimental and theoretical particle physics and particle astrophysics, including the development of technologies needed to advance that research.

Under the direction of Professor Michael Hance, the scientist will be responsible for leading existing ATLAS projects at SCIPP, in areas such as Phase-2 upgrade instrumentation and data analysis, as well as developing new projects that support the ATLAS operations and/or upgrade programs. The candidate is expected to interact with a broad group of collaborators, publish in scientific journals, present research results at relevant workshops and conferences, and assist with applications for grant and contract proposals.

Applicants with a strong publication record, demonstrated experience with positions of scientific leadership, and tangible efforts in creating an equitable and diverse scholarly environment are strongly encouraged to apply.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.




  • Basic qualifications (required at time of application)Ph.D. (or an equivalent foreign degree) in engineering, physical science, or a related field.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of postdoctoral scholar/scientist research experience in one or more of the following areas: scientific computing for high-energy physics; large-scale data processing; software for detector instrumentation applications; and/or physics analysis

Application Requirements



  • Document requirementsCurriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of publications (if any). Please include DOI links or the URLs of PDFs for any publications listed on your CV.
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications, interest in the position, and future research directions.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application.

Reference requirements



  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at .

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