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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

The High Energy Physics group at the University of Cambridge seeks to appoint two outstanding researchers to join its effort on the LHCb experiment. One full-time-equivalent position is envisaged to work on physics analysis of charmless B decays as part of the ERC-funded KstarKstar project, led by Dr. Matt Kenzie. The other full-time-equivalent position is envisaged to work on detector R&D in the area of CMOS sensor and chip characterisation with a view to the LHCb Upgrade II MightyTracker system, led by Dr. Matt Kenzie and Dr. Paula Alvarez-Cartelle. The person effort of the two successful candidates could be split between the two available posts.

The successful candidates will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Particles Physics (or a closely related area) with a proven track record in scientific investigation from the conception stage through to publication, with clearly defined individual contributions as demonstrated by publications in major journals. They will have a strong background in data analysis techniques and algorithms in experimental particle physics and experience in computing and advanced programming in C++ or Python. They will also show evidence of ability to identify new research opportunities or develop new techniques. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in leadership (or evidence of future leadership potential), experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently, and experience of working in an international collaborative environment.

The candidates will also have the ability to write reports, present results and contribute to academic papers, as well as to work efficiently as part of a team.

The post holders will be located at the Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE, UK, with the possibility of both long-term-attachment and shorter travel to CERN in Switzerland where appropriate. Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded).

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant (£32,411 - £33,348) Research Associate (£35,308 - £43,155).

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If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Matt Kenzie ( If you have any questions about the application process, please contact PHY Rutherford HR

The interview date will be late-June/early-July 2023.

Please quote reference KA36611 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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