Research Associate

University of Glassgow
February 27, 2023
Offerd Salary:£37,474 - £42,155
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Research Associate

Job Purpose

You will make a leading contribution to the T2K experiment at the University of Glasgow, working with Professor Paul Soler and Dr Phillip Litchfield. Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in particle physics and/or instrumentation, with experience in the simulation and analysis of particle physics data, and/or experience in building detector systems for particle physics experiments. The successful candidate will contribute to the physics goals of the T2K project, including analysis of neutrino interactions in both the ND280 and WAGASCI/BabyMIND near detectors and/or neutrino oscillation analyses between the near and far detectors of T2K. You will help in the formulation and submission of research publications and future research proposals. The successful candidate will also help supervise PhD and other project students and will assist with managing the project.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1 To carry out a programme of research in the T2K project under the supervision and in collaboration with Professor Paul Soler and Dr Phillip Litchfield.

2 Contribute significantly to the development of neutrino interactions and/or neutrino oscillation analyses in T2K.

3 Contribute to the maintenance and operations of the T2K experiment, as required.

4 Contribute significantly to the maintenance of the T2K experimental and analysis software, and in setting up computing simulations and data analysis strategies.

5 Document research output, including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate.

6 Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with T2K data analysis and develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

7 Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external collaboration meetings, seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance your research profile.

8 Contribute to the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure further funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.

9 Collaborate with colleagues across the research group, the T2K Collaboration and the wider community.

10 Contribute to the supervision and mentoring of undergraduate/postgraduate students and less experienced members of the group.

11 Assist with simple administrative tasks and so contribute to the smooth running of the research group and School.

12 Contribute, as appropriate, to outreach and recruitment activities.

13 Carry out modest teaching activities (e.g. demonstrating, tutoring, etc.) and associated administration, as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with the Principal Investigator.

14 Be responsible for safety management related to the organisation and running of laboratory and/or experimental techniques, equipment and processes as appropriate.

15 Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

16 To undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School and/or Research Group Leader.

17 To contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan - World Changers together

These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1. An awarded PhD in Experimental Particle Physics or alternatively have sufficient doctoral experience in Experimental Particle Physics that the submission of a PhD thesis is imminent or is awaiting examination.

A2. Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of Neutrino Physics. A3. Knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area of Particle Physics and/or Detector Physics.



C1. Practical knowledge of C++ and/or Python in a Linux environment and experience with specialist Particle Physics software (e.g. ROOT, GEANT4, etc.), as appropriate.

C2. Communication and presentation skills, both oral and written.

C3. Interpersonal skills.

C4. Time/project management skills as appropriate.

C5. Self-motivation and ability to work as part of a team.

C6. Ability to work in a large international collaboration with T2K colleagues.

C7. Ability to assist in the running of the research project and the group.


D1. Good Team Leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills.


Essential: E1. Record of relevant research experience in Particle Physics and /or Detector Physics.

E2. Experience of making leading contributions to experimental Particle Physics projects.

E3. Experience of scientific writing.

E4. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner.

E5. Experience of publishing and presenting research results in international journals and at conferences.

E6. A degree of independence as evidenced by instances in which you have influenced the direction of a research project.

E7. A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences.


F1. An emerging national or international reputation.

F2. Experience leading a measurement in Particle Physics.

Closing date - 27 February 2023

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 7, £37,474 - £42,155 per annum.

This post is full time, and has funding for up to 30 months from start date.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity. The School of Physics and Astronomy is the proud holder of an Athena SWAN Silver Award. Interviewees will be eligible for carers expenses, which will be covered by the School.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 107409 Close Date : 27-Feb-2023 23:45

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