Research Fellow in Experimental Particle Physics Ref 20410

School/department: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Department of Physics & Astronomy 
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1FTE.  
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until 30/09/2025
Reference: 20410
Salary: starting at £36,333 to £43,155 per annum
Placed on:  13 April 2023
Closing date:  12 May 2023   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date: 01 June 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Experimental Particle Physics. You will join Sussex’s vibrant research programme on opaque scintillator detector R&D (LiquidO) and the newly funded CLOUD reactor neutrino experiment that will exploit this novel technology.

The high-resolution imaging capabilities of opaque scintillator detectors in combination with machine learning for particle classification present a fascinating new area of research that you will have the opportunity to drive forwards. Experience with machine learning from any large physics experiment would be welcome.

The Sussex group’s activities range from the development and construction of prototype opaque scintillator devices to the study of new types of fibres and new opaque scintillators, through DAQ systems to Geant4 simulation of the detectors, reconstruction and data analysis. You will have the opportunity to be involved in any of these areas, including on the CLOUD experiment that will record around 10,000 neutrinos a day with unprecedented signal to background.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Jeff Hartnell ( or Dr. Clark Griffith (

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 20410 [PDF 200.48KB]

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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