Job description for Project Associates in Beamline for Schools (CERN)

The *Beamline for Schools (BL4S) *project is looking for two “*support scientists*” for the 2017 edition of the competition who would be paid for 8-9 months (1 February to 30 September or 31 October 2017)  to implement and run the experiments of the two winning teams. A detailed job description is attached below.
The young scientists must have a valid contract with their institute until (at least) 1 October 2017 to be eligible to become Project Associates.
Those interested may contact Markus Joos ( <>) .




In 2017 CERN will, for the fourth time, organize a Beamline for Schools (BL4S) competition. Details about the editions of 2014 to 2016 can be found at:

Teams of high school students from around the world can make a proposal for an experiment at the T9 beam line of the PS accelerator. The proposals will be evaluated by a committee of experiences physicists and one or two winners will be nominated.

In the framework of this project CERN is looking for two young researchers (physicist, computer scientist or engineer).

The candidates will be responsible of the preparation and execution of the winner experiments.

In particular, rhe candidates will be in charge of:

  • Answering technical questions of participating teams
  • Participating in the selection process that leads to the nomination of the winners
  • Turning the proposals of the winners into experiments that that can actually be executed with the T9 beamline at the PC accelerator.
  • Training the winners (once they are at CERN) on how to run the experiment and analyze the data.
  • Be responsible for the actual execution of the experiment
  • Help the winners with the post-processing of their data and the writing of a paper or article.

The main task will be the setting up of the TDAQ system of the experiments on the basis of the S/W that has been developed in 2014-2016. Depending on the experiment that will be chosen as the winners of the competition the candidates will have to:

  • Develop additional S/W in C
  • Develop code for the data analysis using C and Root
  • Test and calibrate detectors (Pixel sensor, straw detector, calorimeters, scintillators, etc.)
  • Integrate the detectors with the S/W and test the overall system
  • Install the detectors, electronics and computers in the T9 beam line and debug and commission the system

During the execution of the experiments (10 days in August, September or October 2017) the candidates will be fully responsible for the overall control of the experiment and will help the winning teams to achieve their scientific goals.

In order to fulfill this role, the candidates have to have a solid background in particle physics, computing science or electronics. Experience with small scale experiments would be an advantage. In addition, the candidates should have basic skills in S/W development, detector construction and project management.

The candidates will work together as a team. In addition, the BL4S project leader as well as experts from CERN will provide help. Furthermore, a lot of documentation is available from previous years.

The candidates will be employed as Project Associates from 1. February 2017 to (at least) 30 September 2016.

When is the Best Time for Open Positions in Higher Ed?

Timing is everything in your job search. Higher education professionals conducting a search often ask, “When is the best time of year for open positions?”

Before seeking the answer, you must first understand that your job search is unique and it only takes one offer — and that one job offer can come along at any time.

There are too many variables to solely rely on data from HigherEdJobs to determine the best month of the year. Jobs are steadily posted throughout the year, with anywhere from 8,000 to 12,000 posted each month. However, each year the month with the most jobs is almost always October with September and November frequently the second-best months.


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Postdoctoral Fellowship available in Theoretical Quantum Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quantum Physics in the group of the Director, David Hutchinson. The position will be based in the Department of Physics, University of Otago, Dunedin. The group’s theoretical research covers areas from ultracold atomic gases, especially two-dimensional systems, through to using techniques for open quantum systems to model exciton transport in photosynthetic complexes.


Professorship (W3) of Experimental Particle Physics

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) combines its three core tasks: research, higher education, and innovation within one mission. With about 9,400 employees and 25,000 students, KIT is one of the big institutions of research and higher education in natural sciences and engineering in Europe.

In Division V – Physics and Mathematics – the KIT Department of Physics invites applications for a
Professorship (W3) of Experimental Particle Physics

at the Institute of Experimental Nuclear Physics (IEKP). We are looking for outstanding candidates with a research focus on precision measurements at electron-positron colliders, especially on B physics, and on the development of software algorithms and detectors. The successful candidate is expected to strengthen and expand the existing and planned collaborative research efforts in the Belle II experiment in Tsukuba Japan, and for a future linear collider detector.


Engineer and Scientist opportunities: The Advanced Light Source (ALS)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is a world leader in fundamental science research in the public interest. The Advanced Light Source (ALS) is a Berkeley Lab user facility that is the nation’s premier soft x-ray synchrotron light source.

We are seeking top-notch engineers and scientists to join Berkeley Lab to fill engineering positions in accelerator projects, including a major upgrade to the ALS.

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Senior and Junior Researchers, Postdoctoral research assistants, PhD students, Engineers, Physicists and Technicians

Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) will be a new Center for Scientific Research to be built by the National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH) in Bucharest-Magurele, Romania.

ELI-NP is a complex facility which will host two state-of-the-art machines of high performances:

A very high intensity laser with two 10 PW lasers;
A very intense, brilliant ã beam, very low bandwidth, with E ã until 19MeV, which is obtained by incoherent Compton back scattering of a laser light off an intense electron beam (Ee> 700 MeV) produced by a warm LINAC.

IFIN-HH – ELI-NP is organizing competitions for filling the folowing positions: Senior and Junior Researchers, Postdoctoral research assistants, PhD students, Engineers/Physicists (particle accelerators, mechanics, optics), Engineers (physics, laser, electronic, electrical, electrotechnical, instrumentation and control) and Technicians.

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Assistant Fixed Income Trader / Junior Quant Researcher

At ARFIMA, we believe that our main asset is our people. We are dedicated to create an exciting and challenging workplace to attract talented and motivated individuals. Everyone in our workplace is strongly encouraged to move forward every day, to learn and to innovate using our in-house training program.

We are offering opportunity to both experienced trader and talented individual with high motivation.

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Senior Laboratory Officer Nanofabrication Laboratory

The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) seeks a talented, enthusiastic individual to work within the nanofabrication Laboratory as a senior laboratory officer, assisting operations of a diverse range of state-of-the-art nanofabrication equipment, while helping develop novel nanofabrication protocols to enable substantial advances in the research work of ICN2 groups. The successful candidate is expected to participate in the design and implementation of the ICN2 Nanofabrication Laboratory. Once this is successfully achieved, the candidate will service the activity of the Laboratory.

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