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Job posted by INFIERI (10/03/2014 11.34)

Marie Curie Actions funded job vacancy Experienced Researcher (ER) “Development and Demonstration of Advanced Pattern Recognition for HEP triggering” Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK / FP7-PEOPLE-2012-INT, 317446, INFIERI "INtelligent Fast Interconnected and Efficient Devices for Frontier Exploitation in Research and Industry"

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Position: ER fellowship within the Marie Curie ITN INFIERI Project.
Duration: 2 years (18 months are funded through INFIERI)
Contract Start: 1st May 2014 (or as close to this date as possible)
Application Deadline: The vacancy will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.

Project Description
Applications are invited for an Experienced Researcher (ER) position in Experimental Particle Physics with the CMS group within the Particle Physics Department (PPD) at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The position is supported by the European Union Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) scheme on the INFIERI* (INtelligent Fast Interconnected and Efficient Devices for Frontier Exploitation in Research and Industry) project. ER positions are equivalent to Research Associate positions.


The INFIERI Project is a European Research and Training Network for developing intelligent devices and tools for cutting-edge applications in Astrophysics, High Energy Physics, Medical Physics and Telecommunications.

Job objectives
The first-level of triggering within HEP experiments requires the very fast processing of data. Increasing rates of data production at the LHC necessitate an increase in the sophistication of use of information in this initial triggering stage. This project will define and test the use of tracking information at this level using the most advanced programmable logic devices (such as FPGAs). The system design will require both a knowledge of the physics objectives and requirements as well as cutting edge technical knowledge to enable its realization. The ER will collaborate in the definition and specification of a demonstrator system for track triggering in HEP experiments, based upon modern technologies. The focus will be on the off-detector processor. The task will include surveying and choosing processing and communications technologies for off-detector system; the analysis and documentation of technical tests and choices; and the specification and design of a hardware demonstrator to facilitate technology choices.

Nr of positions available : 1

Research Fields

Physics - Other

Career Stage

Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)

Research Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)


About us:
PPD is one of the largest Particle Physics groups in the UK and the CMS group has a long history of close collaboration with the University of Bristol Particle Physics group. The design and construction of the CMS electromagnetic calorimeter endcaps was led by PPD and the group also played a major role in the tracker readout. The Bristol group has a long history of leadership in hardware triggering systems. Both groups are currently leading various aspects of the upgrade of the CMS Level 1 Calorimeter trigger. Both groups also play leading roles in data analysis across a broad spectrum of BSM and SM physics topics.

Site Description:
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

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Additional Requirements
Profile and Requirements
The applicant must have a Ph.D., or equivalent, in Particle Physics or Electronic Engineering or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience, and no more than five years experience from the start of their career in research. The applicant should have a strong interest in Experimental Particle Physics. Candidates who can demonstrate an interest in detector instrumentation, particularly those with some experience of using FPGAs, will be at an advantage.

In order to fulfill the eligibility criteria of the Marie Curie ITN at the date of recruitment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. UK candidates can apply if they have resided in another country for more than 3 years of the last 4 years. Gender balance and equal opportunity policy are part of the INFIERI hiring strategy. Fluency in English, the ability to work in teams, and the ability and willingness to travel are essential.

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter explaining why the candidate is suited to this position, a CV, a list of publications and the names and contact details of three referees plus transcripts of B.Sc./M.Sc. degrees. No Agencies.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services; for further information and to apply please visit our website: . If you are unable to apply online please contact us on 01793 867000 quoting reference number IRC130593.

Closing date: The vacancy will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found

For an informal discussion about this role please contact: Dr. Claire Shepherd-Themistocleous (

Please also inform Mrs. G. Birch that you have submitted an application.
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STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK

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OX11 0QX

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317446 ER2

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STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK

Division CMS
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OX11 0QX - Didcot
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