Associate Project Manager, Experimental High Energy Physics

New Jersey, United States
10 May 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Princeton University is seeking an associate project manager (APM) to work with two large software and computing activities in High Energy Physics (HEP), with a combined annual budget of $20M. These activities are central to U.S. participation in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), an international mega-science project located at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. Research at the LHC is part of a decades-long quest to understand the fundamental building blocks of nature and their interactions. This research led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012 and future LHC data will be used to look for an explanation for Dark Matter and potentially other discoveries.

Candidates from multiple scientific and engineering backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including applicants from industry who would like to return to the academic environment and apply industry project planning skills to the exciting LHC computational and data science challenges, as well as early career candidates from academia who are looking for a career change.

The successful candidate will split his/her time equally between project management activities as an integral member of two management teams:
  (1) the Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP,, and
  (2) the U.S. CMS Software and Computing Operations Program (U.S. CMS S&C).

The APM will work closely with the IRIS-HEP Executive Director and the U.S. CMS S&C operations program managers, and will be responsible for:

  • developing and documenting project plans annually with each of the corresponding two executive teams,
  • identifying clear milestones/deliverables in each plan
  • tracking project progress relative to plan and milestones, including use of risk evaluation and change control processes
  • tracking project products (documents, software) as well as metrics to measure impacts
  • preparing reports and presentations for funding agencies (NSF and DOE)
  • preparing more general communications about the projects for larger audiences (e.g. the CMS experiment, the HEP community, the public) through websites, project dashboards, newsletters, etc.
  • collaboration with financial and project office administrators as required

This position will require occasional travel both domestically and internationally, and will be based either at Princeton University, in Princeton, NJ, or at Fermilab, near Chicago, IL, subject to negotiation before appointment. The rank for this appointment will be associate professional specialist, or higher, depending on experience. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Peter Elmer ( 

Essential Qualifications

  • Master's Degree or higher and a minimum of five years of experience in a research environment, or equivalent experience
  • Experience working in large scientific projects
  • Proficient in a broad range of IT skills including  (word processing, spreadsheets, web systems, database apps.), and project management methodology and tools
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills including high level of flexibility/adaptability to the changing needs of a research environment
  • Open, and receptive to new ideas and approaches while working and communicating effectively with colleagues

Additional Qualifications of Interest

  • Professional project management experience in academia and/or industry
  • Experience developing large-scale scientific or data science software applications, or with production operational use of scientific computing resources
  • Experience with communication of scientific and/or technical activities to the general public