Postdoctoral Researcher or Associate Researcher - 10972BR

Postdoctoral Researcher or Associate Researcher

Physics and Astronomy
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas seeks to fill a post-doctoral researcher or associate researcher position in experimental high-energy physics. The experience of the candidate will determine whether the hire will be made as a post-doctoral researcher or an associate researcher.

Starting Date: May 1, 2018, 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.

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

Job Duties:
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.

Specific job duties:

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 ECAL project.

10% 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.

Required Qualifications for Postdoctoral Researcher:
  1. A Ph.D. in physics by date of appointment.
  2. Demonstrated 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.

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

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications for Postdoctoral Researcher or Associate Researcher:
  1. Experience in experimental techniques and software relevant to collider experiments.
  2. Experience and ability in particle physics data analysis.
  3. Experience and ability with particle detector design, development and operation.
  4. Willingness to be located at CERN as well as Kansas.
  5. Good communication skills.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Complete online application includes: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae (including publications list), Statement of Research Interests and Skills, at least three letters of recommendation letters should be emailed to Prof. Christopher Rogan ( or mailed to Department of Physics & Astronomy, 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Room 1082, Malott Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045 USA.

Review of the applications will begin on April 1, 2018. For first consideration, please apply before April 1, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Prof. Christopher Rogan

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with education and experience

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