Postdoctoral fellowship in Particle Physics on the ATLAS experiment at CERN

Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Department of Physics is with a staff of about 350 scientists and educators one of the largest departments within Lund University. There are seven research divisions and a number of research centra within the department. The research activities at the department cover a broad spectrum of modern physics.


The Lund ATLAS group is involved in new physics searches with hadronic jets in the 13 TeV ATLAS dataset, as part of its physics program focused on physics beyond the Standard Model. The research program planned for the course of Run-2 includes searches in a variety of final states including hadronic jets, aimed to either discover or constrain new physics phenomena, including Dark Matter benchmarks. The group has strong interest and expertise in improving data taking techniques and hadronic jets performance for Run-3 as well. Other group activities include grid computing, active work in the ATLAS luminosity group and on the Transition Radiation Detector.

The selected candidate is expected to contribute to new physics searches for dark matter and dark sector particles at the LHC, through the analysis of data in multi-jet signatures and in boosted topologies. The selected candidate will work on the improvement of the online event selection techniques and the performance of the physics objects used in these searches. The candidate is expected to take a leading role in physics analysis, as well as to make a substantial contribution to the performance of jets and the trigger system of the ATLAS experiment. The selected candidate will actively participate in the supervision of a PhD student working on outlier detection techniques in calorimeter signatures for dark sector searches.  The research activities are located at the Department of Physics at Lund University. Frequent visits to CERN will be required. This position is partly supported by the ERC Starting Grant DARKJETS, Action number 679305.

Entry requirements

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Good knowledge in spoken and written English is a requirement.

Basis of Assessment

Prior experience in detector and analysis work in particle physics, collaborative skills in order to work in a large collaboration and scholarly proficiency are the main requirement for employment. Programming skills in Python and C++ are of relevance for this position. Applicants must show a high degree of research expertise as manifested in the quality of their PhD dissertation and other publications. The application must include a research plan that shows the applicant’s own ideas for research within the context of the research topics in the Lund ATLAS group.

In addition to the above, the following set of criteria will be applied in the assessment of candidates:

  • Relevance and viability of the research plan
  • International experience
  • Results and distinctions that attest to the applicant’s ability to do research
  • Ability to engage in activities that inform society at large about research

Evaluation of the applicants will take their experience, knowledge and other personal qualities into consideration. The applicants’ ability to use their skills and experience to strengthen and supplement existing research activities within the Lund ATLAS group will be also considered.

Terms of employment

The qualifications for academic positions and basis of assessment are given in Chapter 4, Section 3-4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

Application procedure

Please apply online via Lund University’s recruitment system. All documents (except reference-letters see below) are to be uploaded in the recruitment system as pdf, word or similar files. Applicants are also required to answer job specific questions if that is the first step of the application process. 

Applications must include the following:

     1         A cover letter describing your interest in this position.

     2         A short research plan.

     3         A CV with copies of PhD and exam certificates.

     4         A list of up to 10 relevant publications, stating the candidate’s contribution

     5         Three reference letters to be arranged and sent directly from referees to

     6         Other documents the applicant wishes to put forward

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

Type of employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
First day of employment2019-09-01 or according to agreement, duration 2 years
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Working hours100
CountySkåne län
Reference numberPA2019/1345
ContactCaterina Doglioni, University lecturer, +46 46 2221536, Brossing, HR coordinator, +46 46 222 95 62
Union representativeOFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Last application date20.May.2019 11:59 PM CET

Post expires on Monday May 20th, 2019