University of Oklahoma, Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy

Position ID:University of Oklahoma-Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy-RSHEPATLAS [#22041, RS-HEP-ATLAS]
Position Title: Dodge Family Research Scientist
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Norman, Oklahoma 73019, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / ATLAS, Elementary Particle Physics, Experimental High Energy Physics, Experimental Particle Physics, Hadron Physics, HEP-Experiment (hep-ex), High Energy Experimental, High Energy Physics, Particle Experiment (part-ex), Particle Physics, Particle Physics Detectors and Instrumentation, Physics
Appl Deadline:2022/08/15 11:59PMhelp popup
Position Description:    

The experimental high-energy physics (HEP) group at the University of Oklahoma (OU) invites applications for a Dodge Family Research Scientist position on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC.  The analysis activities of the group are currently focused on studies of the Higgs boson and top quark, as well as searches for extended Higgs sectors and exotic new physics.  The group has extensive experience in silicon strip and pixel detector technology and is participating in the Phase II upgrade of the ATLAS silicon pixel detector.  The HEP group operates a clean room and has access to the departmental machine shop and electronics lab.  In addition, OU hosts one of the ATLAS tier 2 computing centers in the US.

The Dodge Family Research Scientist will work with the four ATLAS PIs (Phil Gutierrez, Mike Strauss, Brad Abbott, and John Stupak).  The initial term is for 5 years (subject to satisfactory progress), with the possibility for permanent renewal thereafter (the position is supported by an endowment).  The position entails approximately 75% detector hardware work and 25% physics analysis. Initially, the hardware component will consist of management of the OU Phase II pixel detector upgrade effort, including day-to-day oversight of the project, supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, and contributions to grant proposals.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop new areas of pixel detector research, in order to enhance the scope and visibility of the ATLAS hardware effort at OU.  Following completion of the Phase II upgrade, the successful candidate will help determine the future direction of the group’s hardware work.  The focus of physics analysis activities is left to the discretion of the successful candidate.

The start date for the appointment is flexible, with appointments starting as early as Sept. 15, 2022.  The position will be based in Norman, Oklahoma. 

Qualified applicants in all areas of experimental high-energy physics are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related area and at least two years of postdoctoral research experience, including substantial hardware contributions.  Applications, consisting of a cover letter (indicating a potential start date), CV (including publications), and a statement of research interests (up to three pages) should be submitted electronically (as a single pdf file) to, with the subject line “Dodge Family Research Scientist: ATLAS Experiment.”  Applicants should also arrange to have 3 letters of reference sent on their behalf directly to the same address.

Applications received by August 15, 2022 will receive full consideration.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  We are committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment and strongly encourage members from underrepresented minority groups and women to apply.

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Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Oklahoma
440 W. Brooks St.
Norman, OK 73019
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