University of Washington, Department of Physics

Position ID:UW-Physics-IRISHEP [#20961]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - CERN ATLAS
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Seattle, Washington 98195, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics / Particle
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/01/14, finished 2022/10/25, listed until 2022/07/14)
Position Description:    

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CERN Based ATLAS Postdoctoral Scholar Concentrating on Physics and Software

The Department of Physics at the University of Washington invites applications for a candidate to fill a post-doctoral position. The successful candidate will work on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC with Professor Gordon Watts, collaborating with US ATLAS Software and Computing, IRIS-HEP, and the UW Elementary-Particle-Experiment (EPE) group, and will be based at CERN.

The University of Washington EPE group consists of four professors, five post-docs, and four graduate students working on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. Our physics interests are focused on electroweak symmetry breaking and the search for exotic decays of the Higgs, especially with searches for Long Lived Particles in the ATLAS detector and the design and construction of the MATHUSLA detector. Our analyses already include aspects of Machine Learning and we are looking to further our investment in ML. Our group is also a founding member of the IRIS-HEP project (Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for the HL-LHC, Our group’s IRIS-HEP work is in developing analysis systems: enabling the expansion of HEP into the python-based analysis ecosystem, low latency analysis of large datasets, and as a longer-term goal differentiable analysis. The successful candidate will spend 50% of their time working with the group pursuing physics and software research connected with IRIS-HEP. The other 50% will be spent working with ATLAS and US ATLAS Software and Computing on C++ innovation and performance in the experiment’s software stack.

Postdoctoral Scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website (


The successful applicant should have a Ph.D., or foreign equivalent, by the time they start at the University of Washington and be interested in contributing to both the software and long-lived particle search physics program. Experience with the C++ programming language is recommended, and experience with ROOT is an advantage.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted to and consist of a CV, a short research statement, a statement describing the applicant's experience and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and three letters of recommendation.  Applications received by April 15, 2022, will receive full consideration. Please contact Prof. Gordon Watts ( with any questions.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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