Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational High Energy Physics

Connecticut, United States
24 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

The University is seeking one or more postdoctoral research associates to work with the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE) and the High Energy Experiment group in the Princeton Physics Department on computational research in experimental High Energy Physics.

High Energy Physics focuses on understanding the elementary particles that are the fundamental constituents of matter and their interactions. Obtaining scientific results from these high energy physics experiments requires complex software and computing systems, developed by international teams of researchers over the course of decades. The scientific data sets obtained by these experiments are among the largest in the world.

The successful candidate will be part of the newly funded Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP, The Institute is focused on developing innovative solutions to the computational and data challenges of the planned High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC), which will collect data starting circa 2026 and continue into the 2030's.

The successful candidate will play a leadership role in one of several R&D projects, including investigations of charged particle tracking reconstruction on parallel processor architectures and/or research into highly performant data analysis systems.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to do their own research on the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.

For additional information, please contact the principal investigator Dr. Peter Elmer ( Where these positions will be based is subject to negotiation with the principal investigator.

Current group members are based in Princeton University in Princeton, NJ, at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and at Fermilab near Chicago, IL.

Appointments are for one year, with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance and continued funding. Interested applicants can apply online at

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Experimental Particle Physics or a closely related field, or Ph.D. in Computer Science with a focus on applications
  • Strong programming skills, in particular with C++ and/or Python
  • Experience developing large-scale scientific or data science software applications, such as algorithms relevant for high-energy and nuclear physics detectors and/or development of tools for large scale data analysis.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to direct efforts of others within teams of various sizes
  • Experience working in large, international scientific collaborations and delivering software in such contexts
  • Experience with charged particle tracking reconstruction on large high energy or nuclear physics detectors
  • Experience with data analysis of large scientific datasets
  • Experience with software performance optimization and/or new parallel processor architectures (GPUs, etc.) and associated software technologies (CUDA, etc.)
  • Experience with data science and/or machine learning tools