University of Wisconsin - Madison, High Energy Physics

Program ID:Univ-High Energy Physics-PP [#15747]
Program Title: 2020 USCMS HL-LHC S&C Program
Program Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Illinois, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics / Elementary Particle Physics
Appl Deadline:2020/02/09 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2019/12/16, finished 2020/08/16, listed until 2020/06/16, private)

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The U.S. CMS Software & Computing (S&C) operations program seeks proposals from U.S. CMS universities for the 2020 U.S. CMS HL-LHC S&C Program. This new program covers R&D activities targeting HL-LHC software & computing. Successful applications will be used to co-fund (up to 50% remuneration) postdoctoral research associates who will work within the new HL-LHC R&D area in the U.S. CMS Software and Computing Operations Program. We encourage proposals from universities that are currently not involved in U.S. CMS Software & Computing tasks.

Two priority areas for funding are (1) adapting reconstruction algorithms to run on heterogeneous computing resources and/or (2) tasks related to data management. However, we encourage proposals based on any of the activities described in the Community White Paper “A Roadmap for HEP Software and Computing R&D for the 2020s”.

Proposals should be submitted by university PIs and consist of a cover letter, and a research statement ( 5 pages max.). The research statement should summarize the proposed plan of work to be undertaken by the postdoc, the importance of the project and its impact on HL-LHC Software and Computing. A timeline for all major activities including milestones and deliverables should be included. The proposal should also describe the postdoc’s past accomplishments and competency and/or present a plan for mentorship and supervision of a potential new hire (if funds allow). For a postdoc who has already been identified, please submit a biographical sketch (limited to two pages). The cover letter submitted as part of the application should specify the requested start and end dates and support needed (postdoc salary and fringe). In addition to salary support, some limited travel funds, if needed, may be requested in the cover letter. The preferred starting date for the project/award is in Spring 2020 with the award covering an initial period of one year. During this period, up to 50% remuneration for postdoc support will be provided by the U.S. CMS S&C Operations program with the remainder provided by the home institution. The remuneration will be limited to salary and fringe benefits; university overhead will not be paid. After review, renewals may be possible.

The deadline for submitting applications is Sunday, February 9th, 2020. Applications will be handled online at A review of the proposals will be conducted soon after the deadline and the results will be communicated to the applicants shortly thereafter.

The U.S. CMS Software & Computing Operations program is committed to a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from universities that are currently not involved in U.S. CMS Software & Computing tasks.

Application Materials Required:
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