CMS, Fermilab

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Position ID:FNAL-CMS-LGS [#7735]
Position Title: LPC Graduate Scholar
Position Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510-5011, United States [map]
Subject Areas: High Energy Physics / Electroweak Symmetry Breaking, Experiment, LHC
Appl Deadline:2016/10/17** finished (posted 2016/08/29, finished 2017/01/24)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The deadline for applications and supporting letters for calendar year 2017 is Monday October 17, 2016. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. The slate of LPC Graduate Scholars for 2017 will be selected based on a competitive process. The proposals will be rated based on merit, uniqueness, creativity and relevance to CMS and the LPC.

The details of the application and selection process are given below.

The LPC serves primarily as a resource and physics analysis hub for several hundred physicists at US institutions in the CMS collaboration. The LPC is a vibrant community of CMS scientists from US and overseas institutions that play leading roles in analysis of data, in the definition and refinement of physics objects, in detector commissioning, and in the design and development of the detector upgrade. There is close and frequent collaboration with the Fermilab theory community. The LPC provides outstanding computing resources and software support personnel. The proximity of the CMS Tier-1 and the CMS Remote Operations Center at Fermilab allows critical real time connections to the experiment. The LPC offers educational workshops and tutorials in analysis techniques, software development and organizes conferences and seminar series. For a full range of LPC activities please refer to:

Questions about the CMS LPC Graduate Scholars program may be directed to the LPC coordinators:

Boaz Klima and Meenakshi Narain (,


Link to program website:

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Qualified Graduate Program with the Ph.D. as their degree objective at a member institution of the USCMS collaboration. (for collaborating USCMS institutions see At the time of application, applicants must have obtained the Ph.D. candidacy at their home institution, and must have established a defined graduate thesis project and graduate thesis advisor.

Applicants are NOT eligible to apply if one, or any combination, of the following describes their graduate education status: - Applicant is in the last year of Ph.D research.

- Applicant has not completed at least 2 years in graduate school.

- Applicant has not obtained the Ph.D. candidacy with an established thesis project at the time of application.

- Applicant is in a Master's degree program, with a Master's as the terminal degree.

- Applicant is in a Master's degree program with no thesis research requirement and program is not a pathway to Ph.D. degree.

- Applicant's institution is not a member of the USCMS collaboration.

Application Material:

Proposal -

Format: 1 inch margins, font minimum 11 or 12 pt., common typeface (e.g., Arial, Palatino, Georgia), pages numbered.

The applications must include a research proposal, with a maximum length of 4 pages. The proposal should include the following:

- A description of the proposed project (hardware, software, computing).

- A description of the proposed physics analysis.

- A justification of how the student, the project and the analysis, will benefit from the LPC collaboration.

- The names of the graduate advisor and the LPC mentor. The expectation is that the proposal is prepared in consultation with the graduate advisor and the LPC mentor.

Supporting Letters:

We require three recommendation letters:

1) A letter of recommendation from the LPC mentor. The letter should include agreement by the mentor to supervise the student at the LPC, including weekly meetings, and to provide a mid year report to the LPC coordinators. Please note that the LPC mentor should be a Senior Researcher on CMS (either from Fermilab or from a university, resident at the LPC or with a presence of 75% or more of their time at the LPC). Your Ph.D. advisor is not eligible to act as a mentor.

2) A letter of recommendation from the Ph.D. advisor, supporting the application and detailing provisions for supervision of the student at the LPC.

3) A letter of recommendation from a CMS colleague (can be non-USCMS) who is familiar with your work.

Start Date and Duration:

The starting date for the appointment as a LPC Graduate Scholar will be Jan 1, 2017 for a duration of one year. The start date is negotiable, but should be no later than March 2017. Renewal is possible but requires a new proposal. The maximum amount of time as CMS LPC-GS is two years.

Selection Criterion:

The LPC Graduate Scholars for 2017 will be selected based on a competitive process. The proposals will be a rated based on the merit, its uniqueness, creativity and relevance to CMS and LPC. Successful candidates are expected to be in good academic standing at their institutions, and should have completed at least 2 years in graduate school and should not be in their final year of thesis research.

Financial Support:

- The LPC-GS will receive a full year stipend (including fringe benefits).

- No tuition costs will be provided.

- No indirect-costs or university overhead will be provided.

- A travel budget to enable attendance at a conference to present the work completed at the LPC, and a weeklong trip to CERN for presenting the work during a "CMS physics week".

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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