The Sub-department of Particle Physics at the University of Oxford is seeking a suitably qualified postdoctoral research assistant to work on the TORCH (Time Of internally Reflected CHerenkov light) project, proposed for the LHCb Phase-2 Upgrade. TORCH is a novel time-of-flight detector which images Cherenkov photons, emitted from the passage of a charged particle and internally reflected inside a 1 cm thick quartz radiator, onto an array of customised Micro-Channel Plate (MCP) photon detectors. A large-scale TORCH module utilizing 10 MCPs, designed to achieve a timing resolution of 15 ps per charged-particle track, will be constructed and then commissioned in a CERN beam-line. The successful candidate will work on the readout and data acquisition system for the MCP detectors and will participate fully in test-beam running and data analysis in order to qualify the TORCH timing resolution and spatial precision. He/she will also develop the TORCH pattern recognition and event reconstruction code. As TORCH is a candidate technology for the low-momentum particle identification of the Phase-2 upgrade of the LHCb experiment, synergetic work on LHCb may also be required.
The successful candidate will hold a PhD in particle physics or a directly related field. Experience in particle or nuclear physics experimentation and the analysis of data are essential. Experience with fast electronics, photon detectors and/or reconstruction code is desirable.
The candidate will be based in Oxford, with visits to CERN whenever needed. When based in Oxford, teaching duties of up to three hours per week during University term time may be required.