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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL9463

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £32405 - £40,182 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL9463
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 22-Sep-2016
Closing date: 22-Oct-2016

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The Particle Physics Research Centre (PPRC) in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary, University of London has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work with the SNO+ group. 


The Queen Mary group is involved in many aspects of the SNOplus experiment from low level data handling to high level analysis. The group also make significant contributions to the detector calibration programme, contributing both hardware and software tools.


The successful applicant will be expected to make significant personal contributions to the SNOplus physics programme as well as sharing responsibilities in aspects of the data acquisition, monitoring and calibration of the SNOplus detector. The successful applicant will be heavily involved in analysis, in particular assessment of background levels and the development of background rejection and calibration techniques to be applied to the double beta decay analysis. The successful applicant will also be responsible for aspects of the SNO+ data processing chain, and will be trained to provide support for the various interfaces required for data analysis.


Applicants should have, or be about to gain, a PhD in experimental particle physics and are expected to have significant experience of active participation in a leading particle physics experiment. Strong hardware skills and good knowledge of C++ are highly desirable. The post will be located at Queen Mary in London but may require significant periods at SNOLAB in Canada to carry out detector related responsibilities and data taking shifts.


The post is full time, available from 1st November 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is funded by the ERC until 31st March 2017 and thereafter by the STFC Consolidated grant until 30th September 2019. Starting salary will be in the range £32,405 - £40,182 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.


Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Jeanne Wilson by email to or on +44 (0)20 7882 6149. Details of the PPRC can be found at


To apply for this role, please click on the link below.


The closing date for applications is 22 October 2016.


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