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Post-doctoral Research Associate

London (Greater) (GB)
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26 Apr 2023

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A vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the direct detection of dark matter in the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment has arisen in the Department of Physics, King's College London.

We will welcome the successful candidate into the diverse Experimental Particle and Astroparticle Physics (EPAP) Group, to undertake research investigations in collaboration with members of the EPAP group and the LZ experimental collaboration. We especially encourage applications from female and minority ethnic candidates and other groups who are under-represented in physics.

LZ is the largest LXe-TPC dark matter detector constructed to date and is currently taking data a mile underground in the Sanford Underground Research Laboratory (SURF), USA. It is an exciting time to join the Dark Matter research effort at King's, a leading UK research-intensive university in the heart of London. LZ set world-leading constraints on WIMP Dark Matter in 2022 using an initial 60-live-day dataset, and the experiment is now collecting data towards a total Dark Matter search exposure of 1000 live days by 2025/26 to either make a ground-breaking first discovery of particle dark matter or set world-leading constraints on current dark matter models.

The successful candidate will be supported to make leading contributions to the exploitation of LZ data with a focus on the upcoming SR2 WIMP search through the application of advanced ML techniques, as well as having the opportunity to participate in non-WIMP BSM searches. The role will also involve contributing to on-site and remote operations of the experiment.

Applicants should have, or be about to gain, a PhD in experimental particle/Astro particle physics and have substantial experience of active participation in a particle/Astro particle physics experiment. Whilst, not prerequisites, any of the following are desirable: experience in data analysis for rare event searches (including the application of ML techniques), a good knowledge of C++ and GEANT4, hardware skills and expertise with GUIs or slow control systems.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required, this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract until the 30th September 2025

This is a full-time post - 100% full-time equivalent


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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