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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Department of Physics

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £35,931 starting salary per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:  Friday 28 August 2020
Interview Date:  Friday 11 September 2020
Reference:  0720-152

Full-Time, Fixed -Term 

Two-year fixed term contract (with the possibility of a one-year extension) commencing October 2020

Applications are invited for the post of Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the ATLAS group in the Department of Physics (School of Engineering, Physical and Mathematical Sciences). 

This is a post in the ATLAS group to work on the development of the Hardware Track Trigger (HTT) project for the Phase II upgrade of the ATLAS detector. Some involvement in data exploitation of the ATLAS detector will also be possible. The group has a long experience of involvement in ATLAS Trigger/DAQ activities. It currently leads several areas of detector operation and upgrades. These include trigger software, data-acquisition software and hardware, HTT software, hardware and coordination. The group is involved in physics analyses on ATLAS in the areas of top quark physics, Higgs physics and searches for exotic signals. Members of the ATLAS team are also world experts in statistical methods applied to particle physics and involved in diverse novel analysis techniques. 

This post will involve working within a team involved in the development of the HTT.  The aim of this work is to contribute to the construction and commissioning of the HTT system for the ATLAS upgrade. The holder of this post will be expected to help produce independent and original research within the RHUL Centre for Particle Physics, to submit publications to refereed journals, and to work together with, and help supervise, PhD and MSci students.  

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics or a closely related area, as well as prior experience relevant to one or more of the following: (i) particle physics software; (ii) particle physics data analysis; (iii) firmware programming.  

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

This is a full-time post, available from 1 October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter for a fixed term period of 24 months at Royal Holloway, University of London, with the possibility of extension for a further 12 months. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Prof. Veronique Boisvert at veronique.boisvert@rhul.ac.uk 

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk. For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk 

Important: Please ensure you attach your CV to your online application and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be submitted by email to Prof. Boisvert before the closing date veronique.boisvert@rhul.ac.uk  

Royal Holloway recognises the importance of helping its employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements. We are happy to consider a request for flexible working for this post, including part time, job share or compressed working hours.  

Please quote the reference: 0720-152

Closing Date:   Midnight, 28 August 2020  

Interview Date: 11 September 2020

We particularly welcome female applicants as they are under-represented at this level in the Department of Physics within Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks.


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