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Position: Research Fellow in High Energy Physics on Xenon Futures
Institution: University College London
Department: UCL Physics and Astronomy
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: The UCL High Energy Physics Group has an immediate opening for an outstanding PhD particle or astroparticle physicist to work on the Xenon Futures programme, conducting R&D towards a future 3rd generation (G3) global rare event search observatory for dark matter searches and neutrino physics; The applicant will play a leading role in the construction, commissioning and operation of a new state-of-the-art facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) to measure trace quantities of radon emanation from construction materials used in rare event search experiments; Radon emanation has emerged as the dominant background source in the worlds most sensitive dark matter detectors and will be the limiting factor to exploring new physics in future experiments. The new facility at RAL is designed to perform crucial R&D to address this international challenge; Combining radon detectors of unprecedented sensitivity with a novel gas system and low-temperature operation, the applicant will conduct the worlds first measurements of temperature-dependent rates and characteristics of radon transport in materials. This will enable the radio-pure construction of future dark matter and exotic neutrino experiments and deliver the high precision background models necessary to evaluate any possible signal; UCL are one of the leading institutes in the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter search experiment based at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), South Dakota, USA. LZ will be the worlds most sensitive search for galactic dark matter, with data-taking beginning mid-2020; The applicant will also have the opportunity to contribute to LZ, through on-site operations, calibrations, Monte Carlo simulations and analysis of the science datasets that may yield first discovery of dark matter a result that would revolutionise our understanding of the universe; Duration of the position is funded for 1 year in the first instance
Requirements: The applicant should have or be about to receive a PhD in particle physics or particle astrophysics and have excellent written and verbal communication skills
   
Text: Research Fellow in High Energy Physics on Xenon Futures, - Ref:1873315 Click here to go back to search results Apply Now UCL Department / Division UCL Physics and Astronomy Location of position London Grade 7 Hours Full Time Salary (inclusive of London allowance) £36,028 - £43,533 per annum Duties and Responsibilities The UCL High Energy Physics Group has an immediate opening for an outstanding PhD particle or astroparticle physicist to work on the Xenon Futures programme, conducting R&D towards a future 3rd generation (G3) global rare event search observatory for dark matter searches and neutrino physics. The applicant will play a leading role in the construction, commissioning and operation of a new state-of-the-art facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) to measure trace quantities of radon emanation from construction materials used in rare event search experiments. Radon emanation has emerged as the dominant background source in the worlds most sensitive dark matter detectors and will be the limiting factor to exploring new physics in future experiments. The new facility at RAL is designed to perform crucial R&D to address this international challenge. Combining radon detectors of unprecedented sensitivity with a novel gas system and low-temperature operation, the applicant will conduct the worlds first measurements of temperature-dependent rates and characteristics of radon transport in materials. This will enable the radio-pure construction of future dark matter and exotic neutrino experiments and deliver the high precision background models necessary to evaluate any possible signal. UCL are one of the leading institutes in the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter search experiment based at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), South Dakota, USA. LZ will be the worlds most sensitive search for galactic dark matter, with data-taking beginning mid-2020. The applicant will also have the opportunity to contribute to LZ, through on-site operations, calibrations, Monte Carlo simulations and analysis of the science datasets that may yield first discovery of dark matter a result that would revolutionise our understanding of the universe. Duration of the position is funded for 1 year in the first instance. Key Requirements The applicant should have or be about to receive a PhD in particle physics or particle astrophysics and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,542 - £33,257 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. Further Details A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below. If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Shanice Thomas, shanice.thomas@ucl.ac.uk Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Professor Chamkaur Ghag, c.ghag@ucl.ac.uk (Tel: 44 (0)20 7679 3463). UCL Taking Action for Equality Closing Date 17 Nov 2021 Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59 Interview date TBC Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality. This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff. Please use these links to find out more about UCL working life including the benefits we offer and UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job. Job Description and Person Specification Apply Now
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