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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Higgs Physics

Department: School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Salary: £36,348 - £42,592 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL30909
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 10 November 2022
Closing date: 5 December 2022

Further details and apply


About the Role

You will join the ATLAS group in the Particle Physics Research Centre (PPRC), working in our tightly knit team, making leading contributions to the ATLAS analysis of the Higgs boson, with an initial focus on di-muon final states. You will provide support to our PhD students and contribute to the broader activities of the group and the school.

About You

You will have completed or be about to complete a PhD in particle physics and have a strong track record in experimental particle physics. You should be proficient in programming in C++ and Python.

About the Group

The Centre consists of 10 academics, 9 PDRAs and 22 PhD students, and is supported by a strong research engineering and technical team. Our ATLAS group interests include measurements of the Standard Model Higgs production in heavy flavour and muon decay modes, searches for new phenomena in di-Higgs production, and searches for heavy Higgs bosons. We are also active in searches for Dark Matter, precision Standard Model measurements, and flavour physics.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers. We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term) and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile-End Campus in London. It is a full time (35 hours), fixed term (24 months) with an expected start date on or soonest after 1st February 2023. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £36,348 - £42,592 per annum pro rata, inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Ulla Blumenschein at or Dr Seth Zenz at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 5th December 2022.

Interviews are expected to be held on the 9th of January 2023 or shortly thereafter.

The School of Physical and Chemical sciences holds IoP JUNO Champion status and Athena SWAN silver status and has a number of supportive policies in place to facilitate a diverse and inclusive working environment The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award. We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.


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