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Research Associate in Dark Matter and Low Temperature Physics

Department of Physics

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £37,467 to £44,289 per annum - including London Allowance
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Friday 02 September 2022
Reference:  0822-353

Please note this post is only available to current students and staff of Royal Holloway University

Full-Time, Fixed Term (24 months)

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate in Dark Matter and Low Temperature Physics.

This is a post to work on dark matter direct detection experiment, in a collaboration between the Dark Matter & Neutrino groups and the Ultra Low Temperature groups within the Department of Physics at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL).  Both groups have broad detector development programmes, as part of which we are collaborating on the QUEST-DMC project within the Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics programme.  QUEST-DMC is a Lancaster, Oxford, RHUL and Sussex consortium building a new experimental platform at Lancaster University to search for interactions of sub-GeV dark matter particles, combining a macroscopic quantum system, superfuid helium-3 (3He), with quantum-amplified calorimetry.  

This post will involve working with a team applying multidisciplinary skills in the general areas of detector development, software development, detector characterisation and physics analysis.   The post-holder will contribute to the development and characterisation of the QUEST-DMC photon detection system, and its use in the dark matter search.  The post-holder will contribute to the development of dark matter search analysis tools, with emphasis on particle identification techniques to mitigate radiogenic backgrounds to low-mass dark matter search. 

The holder of this post will be expected to help produce independent and original research, to submit publications to refereed journals, and to work together with and supervise MSci and PhD students.

  1. The successful applicant will have a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics or Ultra Low Temperature Physics, or a closely related area, as well as prior experience relevant to one or more of the following: low-background experimentation including simulation, commissioning and/or data analysis; 
  2. design, construction, and/or analysis of ULT experiments; 
  3. design, simulation, construction, calibration and/or analysis of PMT, TES or SiPM detector systems; 
  4. detector simulation and/or analysis framework software development; calibration and/or particle identification experience in noble liquid detectors. 

The duration of the post is two years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension subject to the availability of funding.  The post-holder will be employed for the duration of the post by Royal Holloway, University of London, which offers a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including generous annual leave.  

Before applying for the post, please contact Prof. Jocelyn Monroe at Jocelyn.Monroe@rhul.ac.uk or Dr Andrew Casey at A.Casey@rhul.ac.uk 

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

Please arrange for two letters of recommendation to be submitted by email to Prof. Monroe before the closing date.  

Please quote the reference:  0822-353

Closing Date:   23:59, 2 September 2022  

Interview Date: TBC

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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This position is not eligible for hybrid working.

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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