CMS, Fermilab

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Position ID:FNAL-CMS-AS2019 [#13259]
Position Title: Associate Scientist (CMS Scientific Computing)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510-5011, United States [map]
Subject Areas: High Energy Physics / Experiment, LHC
Scientific Computing
Appl Deadline:2019/03/24* (posted 2019/02/07, listed until 2019/03/24)
Position Description:    

Open Date: 02/11/2019
Close Date: 03/24/2019


The Fermilab Scientific Computing Division (SCD) seeks outstanding candidates for an Associate Scientist position working on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Fermilab has a strong and exciting research program on CMS. Fermilab is the home of the LHC Physics Center (LPC) and plays a leading role in physics analysis on CMS in the areas of searches for physics beyond the standard model, studies of the Higgs boson, and measurements of standard model processes. Fermilab is a Tier 1 computing center for CMS and has commitments to CMS computing in many areas including event processing, data operations, simulation and software.

The successful candidate will work within a highly collaborative and inclusive team environment.  The candidate will be expected to carry out creative and innovative analysis of data from the proton-proton collisions at CMS, and critical development, operation and/or management of projects on CMS software and computing for Fermilab. The development focus will be on solving the software and computing challenges for High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC). The appointment is for an initial term of three years, and can be extended for an additional three years, with an evaluation for a position without term usually occurring after a total of five years. The Associate Scientist position is roughly equivalent to an Assistant Professor at a university, and the initial appointment within the scientist track at Fermilab.

Qualifications and Essential Job Functions

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out research and oversee projects concurrently.

  • Ph.D. in Physics, or equivalent subject, and at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience in high energy physics.

  • Expertise in scientific computing within physics experiments.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Respect, understand and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity. Abide by all environment, safety and health regulations.

Preferred Qualification Requirements

In addition to the above, candidates must possess the following to be considered highly qualified for the position.

  • A strong record of research in HEP and publications in professional journals and presentations at conferences.

  • Demonstrated accomplishments, for example, in the area of scientific software frameworks and algorithm development, simulation, or workflow and data management.

  • Strong commitment to community solutions for scientific software and computing and established track record in community work.

  • Willingness to travel to CERN frequently and/or to stay there for extended periods.

Physical Activity and Work Conditions

HUMAN FACTORS: Mental Concentration and Tight Work Schedule.

In addition, the ability to travel by automobile and/or commercial air carrier both domestically and internationally is required.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit via Academic Jobs Online:

  1. a brief cover letter

  2. curriculum vitae,

  3. statement of research interests,

  4. list of selected publications, and

  5. at least three letters of reference.

Please use this URL

For general information about this position, please contact Dr. Robert Harris at

There is no legal requirement that Fermilab sponsor an employee for U.S. permanent residence. As a result, Fermilab will make the decision to sponsor an employee on a case-by-case basis. Fermilab will consider the following factors, among others, when determining whether to sponsor an employee for U.S. permanent residence: performance, length of service, long-term need for the position, and cost.


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Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Fermilab, MS205
PO Box 500
Batavia IL 60510-5011

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