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Research Associate in Particle Physics on the ATLAS Experiment
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-15484

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 06/07/2020

Salary: £32,816 - £40,322 per annum according to relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 1st August 2020 until 31 January 2023 (in the first instance)

The Particle Physics group at the University of Manchester has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC. The Manchester ATLAS group consists of six academic members of staff, and around ten research staff and fifteen PhD students. The Manchester group has a strong involvement in many areas of ATLAS physics analysis, including studies of the Higgs boson’s interactions, measurements of high-energy electroweak processes (VBS/VBF, multiboson production), top quark physics, and searches for new phenomena (dark matter, violation of lepton universality). The Manchester group is also heavily involved ATLAS detector operations and performance, with long-standing contributions to the ATLAS trigger, jet performance, and the Phase-II upgrade.

The postdoctoral position is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and will be hosted by the Manchester ATLAS group. The goal of the project is to use inclusive-diboson and vector-boson-scattering final states to probe the weak-boson self-interactions and to search for signatures of new physics phenomena. A specific goal of the project is to develop new analysis techniques that are sensitive to new sources of CP-violation.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent in particle physics by the time of starting the position. The successful candidate will have experience in one or more of the following areas of particle physics: data analysis, event generator modelling, trigger, detector operations, or detector performance. The successful candidate will be based in Manchester and will make frequent visits to CERN.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education.  The Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance.  We positively welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Happy to talk flexible working.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof Andrew Pilkington


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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