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Postdoctoral Researcher in Experimental/Theoretical High Energy Physics

Sun Yat-Sen University
Shenzhen, China
Posting live until
15 Jul 2024

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For the high energy physics (HEP) group at Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU), Shenzhen Campus, we are seeking for a postdoctoral researcher to work with us in the following areas:

  • HEP theory such as the effective field theory (EFT), scattering amplitudes and beyond the standard model (BSM) physics;
  • HEP experiments including the ATLAS experiment, Codex-b experiment and future collider experiments;
  • HEP electronics such as particle detection technology and the read-out system.

About us:

The School of Science at SYSU was established in 2021 and the HEP group has been growing rapidly. Currently there are 8 faculty members and 3 postdoctoral researchers working in all main areas of HEP. We are members of several international collaborations such as ATLAS, AMS and BES. In addition, our department is leading the design and construction of the world’s first gamma-gamma collider. The HEP group here strives to perform cutting-edge research and we welcome you to join.

About your role:

The successful candidate is expected to be focused on one of the three areas mentioned above, but we encourage the candidate to seek for collaborations across different sub-fields. The HEP group here has the following main research topics:

  • HEP theory: The theory group is interested in the theoretical and phenomenological aspects of EFT, including the construction of the Lagrangian operators by the symmetry principles, searching for the UV origins of EFT operators, and the computations of tree- and loop-level amplitudes. The ultimate goal is to find a general on-shell method for the construction of scattering amplitudes (or other observables) that is applicable to as wide a range of theories as possible. Another topic that the group tends to explore is to forge the links between HEP theory and quantum information, and candidates who aim for this topic should have a relevant background. The candidates are encouraged to pursue their independent research interests, the ability to potentially enhance and integrate with the group's existing research agenda will be considered an asset;
  • HEP experiment: The ATLAS group is deeply involved in searching for BSM physics, flavour tagging, tracking and tau-lepton reconstruction. The local faculty members have made significant contributions to those areas in ATLAS and they are playing critical roles in the collaboration. The suggested topics for the candidates are long-lived particle (LLP) searches, dark matter searches, precision standard model measurement in the heavy flavour sector and the corresponding performance studies. However, the candidate can explore freely and is encouraged to further expand the research program. SYSU is a member of the Codex-b experiment, a dedicated long-lived particle detector located near the LHCb detector. It offers unique opportunities to search for LLPs. The local group’s primary interest includes physics studies, detector simulation and reconstruction algorithms. We welcome candidates with experience in FPGA to participate in the design and commissioning of the read-out system. The world’s first gamma-gamma collider is led by School of Science at SYSU. It targets the MeV energy scale with great scientific and practical potential. The local group’s primary interest includes detector design, physics studies and software development;
  • HEP electronics: The experimental apparatus for the gamma-gamma collider is under development and the local electronics lab is being constructed. We support candidates interested in this area to pioneer the particle detection technologies and the read-out system for this new project. The ATLAS group is involved in the Inner TracKer (ITK) upgrade project, in close collaboration with IHEP (Beijing, China). The candidate is expected to be based at IHEP if choosing to develop in this area primarily. The local silicon lab is under construction and we encourage the candidate to also take a lead on establishing a local test suite at SYSU.

About the contract:

We offer a two-year contract for the successful candidate, with a possible one-year extension upon mutual agreement. We offer an internationally competitive baseline salary (300k RMB pre-tax) and will support the candidate to apply for the “Yixian” postdoc program at SYSU. Candidates enrolled with the “Yixian” postdoc program will have a higher pay grade (500k RMB pre-tax) and are encouraged to apply for the tenure-track faculty positions at SYSU once the contract ends. The successful candidate is expected to be based at Shenzhen, a thriving modern city in south China. Occasional travels to IHEP (Beijing, China) and CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) are expected if the candidate decides to join the ATLAS group.

Requirements of the candidates:

The candidate needs to have a Ph.D. degree in physics, received no more than five years ago (NOTE: the “Yixian” postdoc program will only support candidates who have received their Ph.D. degrees no more than three years ago). Candidates are required to have excellent scientific and communication skills. Candidates with relevant experience in the past will be given preference.

How to apply:

Applicants should arrange the following materials:

  • CV including a list of recent publications;
  • A research statement (1-2 A4 pages);
  • Three letters of recommendations;
  • Please directly send the CV and the research statement to:, and the letters of recommendations should be sent to this address by the referees.

Applicants are also encouraged to contact the group representatives.

Group contacts:

Experiment group: Huang, Yongsheng

Liu, Bingxuan

Theory group: Xiao, Minglei

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