TWO POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS IN CMS AT ULB, BRUSSELS – BELGIUM
The Service de Physique des Particules Elémentaires of the Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB invites applications for two postdoctoral research positions within the CMS collaboration at the LHC.
The Service is part of the Inter-University Institute for High Energies IIHE (ULB-VUB), which combines the experimental particle and astroparticle research groups from both Brussels universities, ULB and VUB, and presently numbers about 90 physicists, engineers and support staff. It is involved in large international collaborations – currently CMS (at the LHC) and IceCube (South Pole), as well as other experiments – and has R&D activities in detector development and readout systems. It hosts a CMS Grid Tier-2 computing centre.
The CMS ULB group is involved in the following research domains: (i) study of electroweak symmetry breaking (Brout-Englert-Higgs bosons), mainly in the ZZ and di-tau lept on final states, (ii) search for physics beyond the Standard Model (GUT, SUSY or models with extra dimensions) in particular in final states with high energy electrons and muons, (iii) precision measurements of electroweak processes in multiboson final states and precision measurement of jet production (perturbative QCD and Double Parton Scattering). Recently, searches for dark matter signatures at the LHC have also been initiated. The group is contributing to trigger developments and central tracker data quality monitoring for LHC Run 2. The team is participating to the CMS detector upgrades – in tests of the muon detectors and their readout in the forward regions, as well as in studies of the central tracker for the LHC Phase 2.
The candidates are expected to lead the analysis of the high-energy LHC Run 2 data in one of the subjects described above. The positions imply frequent visits and possibly long-term stays at CERN. The salary is competitive and includes all social security benefits (information is available on request). Contributions to teaching are possible but are not required.
The positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply before February 2nd, 2015, when a first screening of the applications will take place. Applications should be sent by email (with subject “CMS – post-doc position”) to Prof. Pascal Vanlaer via the IIHE-ULB secretariat. They should include a detailed CV, a letter of motivation and the names of 3 referees.
The Interuniversity Institute for High Energies, IIHE (ULB-VUB), was created in 1972 at the initiative of the academic authorities of both the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Its main topic of research is the physics of elementary particles. The present research programme is based on the extensive use of the high energy particle accelerators and experimental facilities at CERN (Switzerland) and DESY (Germany) as well as on non-accelerator experiments at the South Pole. The main goal of this experiments is the study of the strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions of the most elementary building blocks of matter. All these experiments are performed in the framework of large international collaborations and have led to important R&D activities and/or applications concerning particle detectors and computing and networking systems.
Research at the IIHE is mainly funded by Belgian national and regional agencies, in particular the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) en het Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) and by both universities through their Research Councils.
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