Postdoctoral Fellow in Experimental Particle Physics

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 31 Jul 2022

Ref. No. SU FV-2500-22

at the Department of Physics . Closing date: 31 July 2022. 

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 250 employees of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita).

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Project description
The project will be carried out within the experimental particle physics group at Stockholm University, which is a part of the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, and will be focused on analysis of the high energy proton-proton collisions collected with the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. The Stockholm group has been active in the construction, commissioning and calibration of several ATLAS detector components: the Tile Calorimeter and the First Level Trigger system and continues to carry responsibilities in these areas.

The group is also involved in several combined performance groups, e.g. the flavour tagging group and Jet/Etmiss groups, as well as in the data preparation area where we play a leading role in the luminosity determination using Inner Detector tracks. The group currently consists of seven faculty members, three postdocs and eight PhD students. Our main research topics are searches for supersymmetry, dark matter and Higgs pair production as well as measurements in the top-quark sector.

Main responsibilities
The successful applicants to this position are expected to

  • participate in our ATLAS data analysis efforts in the areas of supersymmetry and Higgs pair production, as well as other BSM searches related to third generation particles
  • contribute to the activities in the flavour tagging and luminosity groups
  • assist when necessary in the supervision of master students and PhD students
  • primarily be based at the Department of Physics in Stockholm, but substantial presence at CERN can be discussed.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country. 

Assessment criteria
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. We seek a self-motivated candidate who wishes to take a leading role in our research programme. Previous experience within ATLAS, data analysis and programming skills, expertise in experimental analysis techniques relevant to the project, as well as experience with b-tagging or luminosity determination is considered as an advantage but is not required. A suitable background is a PhD in experimental or theoretical particle physics.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date in the second half of 2022 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of the Department, Sara Strandberg, telephone +46 8 5537 86 73, .

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, , and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references 

Important: Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters via email to: and state in the subject line: SU FV-2500-22 + name of the applicant.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    - why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    - why and how you wish to complete the project
    - what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

You are welcome to apply!

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