University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Dark Matter Searches

United Kingdom

Closing in 46 days

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Dark Matter Searches

Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3RH.

The Department of Physics are looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Dark Matter Searches.

The post is fixed term for 2 years and full time.

This post will involve working with a team applying multidisciplinary skills in the general areas of detector development, software development, detector characterisation and physics analysis. The post-holder will work with the other members of the Oxford group, other UK university groups, International collaborators and with the host laboratory to support and develop the group's research. Specifically, the post-holder will be expected to contribute to the development of dark matter search analysis tools, to support students in the group working on related analyses, and to play a role in integration and commissioning of the DarkSide-20k detector at LNGS.

The Monroe Research group is a vibrant team consisting of one senior academic, 1 research fellow, 3 postdoctoral researchers, 8 PhD students, 2 graduate research assistants, and 1 technician. Within the Particle Physics sub- Department, the broader group includes dark matter research on the LZ, ATLAS, LSST and future XLZD and AION experiments, and cognate research employing liquid argon detectors in the accelerator neutrino group includes the Micro Boone, SBND and DUNE experiments.

A University degree (or close to completing) at PhD level in particle physics or a closely related discipline is essential.

The post holder will have the opportunity to teach.

We appreciate the post holder beginning duties as soon as possible, but are open to discussion. The post may involve regular travel to LNGS and/or Boulby, and there are opportunities for long-term attachment.

Interested applicants are welcome to contact Jocelyn Monroe ([email protected]) or Elizabeth Leason ([email protected]) for more information.

Only applications received promptly by 12:00 noon UK time on 15 July 2024 can be considered. Please read the “Person Specification and Job Description” before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a Curriculum Vitae, a description of research experience and interests and the names and addresses of two referees as part of your online application

Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 172773 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 15-Jul-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : Grade 7: £36,024- £44,263 p.a

Job details


Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Dark Matter Searches


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 10, 2024

Application deadline

July 15, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Physics,Space Science

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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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