Research Fellow (106675-1122) . Job Reference: 1889145

University of Warwick
December 20, 2022
Offerd Salary:£32,348 - £42,155
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Contract Type:Fixed-term contract
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Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only




£32,348 - £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed-term contract for 2 years with a start date of 1 April 2023, 1.0 FTE.

The Elementary Particle Physics Group at the University of Warwick seeks to appoint outstanding researchers to join its effort on the LHCb experiment. The Warwick group is actively involved in the LHCb physics programme, and has responsibilities in Monte Carlo event generation and simulation, and in data processing. The group supports the maintenance, operation and upgrades of the VELO silicon vertex subdetectors, and carries out research and development on the TORCH particle identification device with a view to its use in a future LHCb upgrade. The group has diverse interests in the exploitation of LHCb data, searching for physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. Particular interests include studies of rare B hadron decays and of CP- violation effects, including in charmless B meson decays within the ERC-funded KstarKstar project led by Dr. Matt Kenzie.

You will contribute to several aspects of the Group's activities on the LHCb project. You should have, or should be about to obtain, a PhD in experimental particle physics or another relevant subject. You will have a good grounding in and general knowledge of particle physics. Experience of hardware, instrumentation and modern data analysis techniques for particle physics experiments would be welcomed, as would good working knowledge of C++ and Python. You will be an excellent communicator, with good collaborative working skills. You will possess excellent planning and time management skills to ensure your research goals are achieved effectively.

Two posts are available, both for an initial fixed term of two years, with the possibility of extension thereafter. The posts are foreseen to be based in Warwick with travel as necessary, and with the possibility of long-term attachment at CERN where appropriate.

If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure (£31,411). Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£32,348).

We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

Interested candidates are encouraged to direct informal inquiries to Prof. Tim Gershon ( and Dr. Matt Kenzie (

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


To support the activities of the Elementary Particle Physics Group in the LHCb experiment. To undertake research in order to support the work of the department and develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally.


Research and scholarship

• Take a prominent role in delivering the research goals of the Warwick LHCb group.

• Conduct a research program, defined in agreement with the group, to search for physics beyond the Standard Model.

• Fulfil Warwick group responsibilities within the LHCb collaboration, for example in maintenance and operation of the VELO silicon vertex subdetectors.

• Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.

• Write up research work for publication.

• Support and advise research students within the group.

• Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of a specialist or highly technical nature.

• Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.

Administration and Other Activities

• Attend departmental meetings and contribute (as necessary) to activities within the group and department, for example in outreach.

• Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but rather to provide guidance on the main aspects of the post. The post- holder will be required to be flexible in his or her duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Hold, or be about to attain, a PhD or equivalent in Experimental Particle Physics or another relevant scientific discipline. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 3

Excellent planning and time management skills to ensure your research objectives are achieved on schedule. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 4

Ability to communicate research progress and outcomes as appropriate to a range of different audiences. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 5

Breadth and depth of knowledge of experimental particle physics, and of relevant research methods and techniques. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 6

Ability to initiate, plan, implement and deliver programmes of research work to defined deadlines. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a research team. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Experience of hardware, instrumentation and modern data analysis techniques for particle physics experiments. (a, c, d)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience of scientific programming, e.g. with C++, Python, ROOT or similar. (a, c, d)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

As a member of staff at Warwick you can enjoy a wide range of competitive benefits, along with excellent learning and development opportunities. Take a look at the benefits that are on offer and information about working within our department.

The Physics Department and the University of Warwick are proud of their diverse community of staff, students, and visitors, and are committed to maintaining an excellent record in teaching and research by ensuring that there is equality of opportunity for all, fostered in an environment of mutual respect and dignity.

Both the Physics Department and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN Silver awards, a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. The Physics Department is also a Juno Champion, which is an award from the Institute of Physics to recognise our efforts to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.

Further information can be found at www.

Childcare can be provided for you at the University of Warwick Nursery (www. in order for you to attend the interview. Childcare is subject to availability of places at the Nursery.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

The University of Warwick holds an Athena SWAN Silver award; a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. Further information about the work of the University in relation to Athena SWAN can be found at the following link: Athena Swan (

The University of Warwick is one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University alliance, whose aim is to become by 2025 an open, multicultural, confederated operation of connected campuses.

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As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

20 Dec 2022

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