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Texas A&M University Postdoctoral Research Associate: HEE in College Station, Texas

Job Title

Postdoctoral Research Associate: HEE

Agency

Texas A&M University

Department

Physics And Astronomy

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission (https://www.tamu.edu/statements/mission.html) and living our core values (https://www.tamu.edu/about/coreValues.html) .

Who we are

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is home to internationally leading research in astronomy, atomic physics, quantum optics, condensed matter physics, high energy physics, nuclear physics, and related areas. We offer our students a variety of graduate and undergraduate degree options. Many more students from all disciplines receive basic training in sciences in our state-of-art teaching facilities. Our department is committed to giving back to society through our numerous outreach events.

What we want

We are recruiting for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our department. We desire someone who has experience developing algorithms, software, firmware, electronics, or hardware for future detectors and detector sub-systems. In addition, having a doctorate in experimental particle physics will be preferred. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If this description appeals to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

What you need to know

Please note: This position is grant funded; future employment may be contingent upon available grant funding.

Ability to travel, including internationally: travel up to 15% of the time; based on mutual agreement; it may be agreed to post this position initially at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland, or the LHC Physics Center at Fermi National Accelerator Lab near Chicago, Illinois.

Requested Documents: Applicants are encouraged to upload a single pdf with their cover letter, CV, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests (maximum five pages). Upload to the CV/Resume section.

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Required Education

  • Appropriate PhD in experimental particle physics or a related field

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated skills in particle physics data analysis at a major experiment, including knowledge of statistical techniques and methods of data analysis, particle reconstruction and identification techniques, computer simulations and distributed data access techniques, and ability to contribute to the operations of large particle physics experiments

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others

Other Requirements or Other Factors

  • Ability to travel, including internationally

  • Travel up to 15% of the time; based on mutual agreement

  • It may be agreed to post this position initially at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland, or the LHC Physics Center at Fermi National Accelerator Lab near Chicago, Illinois

Preferred Education

  • Earned PhD in experimental particle physics

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience developing algorithms, software, firmware, electronics, or hardware for future detectors and detector sub-systems

Preferred Other Factors

  • Based on mutual agreement, this position can have periods of time when the holder of this position may be stationed at the experiment location of CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland

  • Applicants’ flexibility on the location where the position is stationed and openness to relocating the position for extended periods of time is preferred

Responsibilities:

  • Analysis of the CMS physics data - Conduct activities related to physics analysis dedicated to searches for evidence of new physics in the Higgs sector, supersymmetry, and other models, including analysis development, software code development, work on optimization and statistical interpretation of the results, reporting at appropriate internal and external meetings, collaboration with other participants, both internal and external to TAMU, documentation of the results using approved CMS formats for internal and external documentation, preparing and documenting responses to internal and external reviews, preparing scientific publications in journals, presentation of the results at workshops and conferences, coordination of activities with other members of the TAMU group, including assistance in mentoring and guiding graduate students and other junior members of the group.

  • New detector R&D - Work on detector upgrade R&D activities focusing on the areas related to the CMS muon detector and muon Level-1 trigger system upgrades, including the elements of the system responsible for correlating track trigger information with muon trigger data. These activities include algorithm development, validation of the new algorithms with the simulation, development and evaluation of the hardware, development and validation of algorithms in firmware, work on developing hardware demonstrator, as well as development of control software and firmware, evaluation of performance, presentation of regular progress updates at appropriate internal and external meetings, participation in reviews, preparing scientific publications in journals, coordination of activities with other members of the TAMU group, including assistance in mentoring and guiding graduate students and other junior members of the group.

  • CMS Detector Operations - Participation in activities related to CMS detector operations, which includes work on one or more of the main operations related activities that the Texas A&M group is involved in: track-based alignment of the CMS muon system, jet energy calibrations, support of the operations of the Optical Trigger Motherboard system for the CSC, support of the Optohybrid and backend systems for the GE1/1 detector. In addition, participation in regular data taking shifts and other service responsibilities as required of the members of the CMS collaboration. Perform other duties, as assigned.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

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