Research Associate in Particle Physics on LHCb

Harwell, Didcot
£31,931-£34,709 (Band D) per annum, dependent upon skills and experience
18 Oct 2021
15 Nov 2021

Science and Technology Facilities Council

Job Title: Research Associate in Particle Physics on LHCb

Salary: £31,931-£34,709 (Band D) per annum, dependent upon skills and experience

Contract Type: Two-year fixed

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Harwell, Oxfordshire

Hours: Full Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

Closing Date: Monday 15th November

The Particle Physics Department (PPD) at 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.

The PPD LHCb group works on the RICH particle identification subdetector, the LHCb Mighty Tracker project and provides the UK Tier 1 computing liaison. PPD works closely with STFCs Technology Department (TD) on HV-CMOS MAPS sensors. The group is also engaged in physics analysis, primarily measuring the CKM angle gamma and searching for Lepton Flavour and Lepton Number Violation in charm and beauty decays

About the role

PPD are currently inviting applications from outstanding post-doctoral Research Associates in Experimental Particle Physics, to work on the LHCb experiment at CERN and the LHCb upgrade 1b/II Mighty Tracker project.

In this exciting role you will become part of larger team where you'll have access to some of the brightest minds in your field providing extensive scope for personal learning and growth. You'll be contributing to the LHCb Upgrade 2 activities, including characterisation and evaluation of SiPMs and evaluation of the new RICH detector designs, using simulation and optimization of the Mighty Tracker sensors. You’ll also get the chance to take part in the operation of the existing LHCb experiment, and if desired have the opportunity to engage in physics analysis.

About You

  • You will have a Ph.D., or equivalent, in Particle Physics or a degree or Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering with a strong interest in Experimental Particle Physics.
  • Experience in working on large particle physics experiments and some knowledge of detector testing and evaluation
  • Proven computer programming experience.
  • The ability to undertake original research and work within a large international collaboration.

Some of the amazing benefits we offer are:

  • 30 days holiday + 10.5 bank holiday & privilege days
  • Excellent work life balance
  • Outstanding pension scheme
  • Continual learning
  • Strong and supportive leadership

How to Apply

Please supply the names and addresses of three referees when applying. For an informal discussion about this role please contact: Dr. Antonis Papanestis (

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