Research Fellow in Experimental Particle Physics – ATLAS Flavour Physics Ref 20411

School/department: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences – Physics and 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 30th of September 2025, with possibility of extension based on funds availability 
Reference: 20411
Salary: starting at £36,333 to £43,155 per annum
Placed on: 10 August 2023.
Closing date: 15 September 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date: to be confirmed 

Job description

The ATLAS/Experimental Particle Physics (EPP) group at Sussex is seeking to appoint a creative and talented scientist with a strong interest in data analysis and machine learning for particle physics applications. The position is to work primarily on the ATLAS experiment and its future upgrades. The appointment is for 28 months initially, with possibility of extension subject to funding.

The group has a strong and ever developing physics programme on ATLAS, with current focus on beyondthe-Standard-Model (BSM) searches, top quark physics and a strong leadership on heavy flavour physics. The main technical responsibilities on ATLAS are on the High-Level Trigger and on upgrades of the trigger system. Sussex is also part of the SouthGrid Tier-2, and group members have access to well resourced HPC infrastructure on campus.

The post focuses on the study of indirect new physics signatures related to Heavy Flavour Physics and Lepton Flavour Universality Violation in beauty and top quarks. The successful candidate will be supporting the ATLAS Sussex Flavour Physics activities in collaboration with its faculty members and in synergy with other PDRAs. The primary focus will be on the exploitation of ATLAS Run 3 data in Flavour Physics, applying – besides traditional analysis techniques - novel machine learning techniques and technologies. The work will involve the use of early Run 3 and existing Run 2 data while in parallel establishing – and exploring as much as possible - approaches extendable to HL-LHC and future colliders efforts.

Candidates are expected to hold, or be close to obtaining, a doctorate in experimental particle physics and to have a demonstrated track record of internationally recognised research at a large-scale collider experiment.

Please contact Professor Alessandro Cerri ( and Professor Fabrizio Salvatore ( for informal enquiries.

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.

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

How to apply

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