Postdoctoral Researcher/Associate Researcher

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Physics and Astronomy

Position Overview

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Researcher or Associate Researcher position in experimental high energy physics, depending on the qualifications of the candidate.
Starting Date:  January 18, 2021, or as soon thereafter as the position can be filled (also negotiable).
Length of Appointment: Initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal annually for four subsequent years subject to review and continued grant funding.  The person may be stationed at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland or at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
GENERAL DUTIES: Research in Experimental High Energy Physics. The successful candidate will contribute in several aspects of the experimental high energy physics group's research program including detector design, development and operation, data analysis and event simulation, and publication of research results.

Job Description

Conduct research in experimental high energy physics in collaboration with members of the University of Kansas high energy physics group and collaboration members world-wide. This entails participation in relevant facets of the overall research endeavor encompassing the life-cycle of high energy physics experiments, ranging from experimental design, feasibility studies, detector prototyping, detector R&D, detector construction, detector operation, data-taking support, detector calibration and alignment, detector modeling, detector simulation, physics event simulation, event reconstruction, data analysis, software development, publication preparation, proposal preparation, editorial work, presentation of results, outreach and career development.

50% - Physics analysis of the CMS data. Development of new techniques applicable to physics analysis. Documentation, presentation and publication of research results.
40% - Appropriate contributions to the group's responsibilities in the CMS experiment. Current responsibilities include contributions to the tracker project and trigger studies.

- Assist the faculty in guiding the group's graduate and undergraduate students.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the required qualification and preferred qualification will be made through (1) records of accomplishments entered in CV, (2) description of research and education experience provided in the application materials, (3) references, and (4) publications as appropriate.
Postdoctoral Researcher Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in physics by date of appointment.
  • Experience in experimental high energy physics or related experimental field.
  • NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed 6 months.

    Associate Researcher Qualifications
  • A Ph.D. in physics.
  • Three or more years of post-doctoral research experience in experimental high energy physics or related experimental field.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in experimental techniques and software relevant to collider experiments.
  • Experience and ability in particle physics data analysis.
  • Experience and ability with particle detector design, development and operation.
  • Good communication skills.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Professor Alice Bean ( )

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete application packet will include the following items:

  • A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (including publications list)
  • Statement of Research, Interests and Skills
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • In addition, please have three letters of recommendation sent to .
  • Application reviews starts October 15, 2020

    , and will continue until position is filled. Please submit complete applications before this date for priority consideration.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Commesurate with Experience and Qualifications

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    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding


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