Research Associate in Dark Matter Physics

Egham, United Kingdom
£35,931 to £42,456 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
Wednesday, 23 December 2020
End of advertisement period
Friday, 19 February 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Physics

Location: Egham
Salary: £35,931 to £42,456 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
Fixed Term, Full Time
Closing Date: Friday 19 February 2021
Interview Date: To be confirmed

Full-Time, Fixed-Term

Salary in range of £33,797 - £40,322 per annum pro rata. London Allowance of £2,134 will be payable in addition to salary.

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate in Dark Matter Physics.

This is a post to work on dark matter direct detection experiment, hosted jointly between the Dark Matter & Neutrino groups within the Departments of Physics at RHUL and Lancaster University. Both groups have research programs focused around liquid Argon detectors, and are collaborating on the DarkSide-20k and DUNE experiments. The groups also have broad detector development programmes, as part of which we are collaborating on the QUEST-DMC project. QUEST-DMC is a Lancaster, Oxford, RHUL and Sussex consortium building a new experimental platform at Lancaster University to search for interactions of sub-GeV dark matter particles, combining a macroscopic quantum system, superfluid helium-3 (3He), with quantum-amplified calorimetry.

This post will involve working with a team applying multidisciplinary skills in the general areas of physics analysis, software development, and detector characterisation. The post-holder will contribute to characterisation of the DarkSide-20k experiment’s silicon photosensor system, and develop the detector characterisation software for QUEST-DMC. The post-holder will contribute to the development of dark matter search analysis tools, with emphasis on radiogenic backgrounds to low-mass dark matter search.

The holder of this post will be expected to help produce independent and original research, to submit publications to refereed journals, and to work together with and supervise MSci and PhD students.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics or a closely related area, as well as prior experience relevant to one or more of the following: (I) low-background experimentation including simulation, commissioning and/or data analysis; (ii) design, construction, and/or analysis of He-3 experiments; (iii) design, simulation, construction, and/or analysis of SiPM or TES detector systems; (iv) detector simulation development; (v) analysis framework software development; and, (vi) calibration and particle identification in noble liquid detectors.

The duration of the post is two years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension subject to the availability of funding.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Prof Jocelyn Monroe on

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

In addition to completing the online application form, please also attach two letters of recommendation to be submitted by the closing date.

Please quote the reference: 1220-281
Closing Date: Midnight, Friday 19 February 2021
Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome female applicants as they are under-represented at this level in the Department of Physics within Royal Holloway, University of London.