Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Didcot, United Kingdom

Post Doctoral Research Associate – T2K Project
£30,782 to £33,459 (depending on skills and experience)
Full time
Fixed term – 3 Years

About Us
The Science & Technology Facilities Council is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

T2K is one of the leading neutrino oscillation experiments and located in Japan. It sends a neutrino beam from Tokai to the SuperK detector to study neutrino flavour transitions. The HyperK Experiment is the planned upgrade to this experiment using significantly increased beam intensity and a new 20x larger far detector. The experiment has a very wide physics program, but the main aim is to measure CP violating effects in the neutrino sector.

You will work at the particle Physics Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, but close relations exist with our colleagues at the University of Oxford. You are expected to contribute to the DAQ and electronics support for the T2K near detector in Japan and the T2K data analysis. In addition, there is the opportunity to participate in the preparation of the HyperK experiment.

About the role
Responsibilities include
• Participation in the physics analysis of the T2K experiment
• Supporting the data acquisition system and electronics of the T2K near detector remotely and in Japan, this will involve providing training for other users and identifying and fixing problem
• Close communication with other groups in the UK, who provide the above support
• Analyse the data of the experiment (oscillation and cross section), especially with our colleagues in Oxford
• Participate in national and international meetings, participating in discussion, presenting own work and disseminating the work of others
• Other comparable duties as may be required by the supervisor or Head of Department.
For questions about the position, contact Prof A. Weber (

About you
You will have a PhD in experimental particle physics or equivalent experience, experience working in large scale experiments and a willingness to work with online and DAQ systems.
It is desirable you will have a PhD in Neutrino Physics and Previous experience working with online or DAQ systems.

How to Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

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The closing date for applications is 6th December 2019.

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