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Research Associate, Physics

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,817 - 40,322 a year
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The Department of Physics wishes to recruit a research associate in the nuclear physics group, to contribute to the international AGATA project (Advanced Gamma-ray Tracking Array). The Research Associate will focus on evaluating and advancing the performance of AGATA through advanced simulations and development of analysis methods. This work forms a key component of a major newly-funded UK project to advance AGATA in preparation for its operation at new European accelerator facilities. You will work with colleagues at the University of York and researchers from other groups in the UK and Europe.

The Department of Physics is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused around biophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute. This is combined with a commitment to teaching and outstanding student satisfaction. As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education, and are proud of our Juno Champion Award and Athena SWAN Silver Award.


As Research Associate for the AGATA project, you will develop, using the GEANT4-based AGATA simulation code, simulations of the performance of AGATA at different accelerator facilities where it will be operated and coupled to a range of ancillary devices and spectrometers. You will also work on developing the performance of AGATA through evaluation of a novel method of calibrating AGATA’s gamma-ray position information. Key responsibilities include conducting individual and collaborative research through the development of research software (simulations and analysis software). Other responsibilities may include; contributing to the identification of new areas of research, assisting in the training of other researchers, contributing to the preparation of research proposals and applications to external bodies, providing guidance to staff and students, as required; and assisting with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise.

This job is advertised for two years in the first instance with the possibility of extension into a third year subject to funding availability.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

You will have a background to PhD level in experimental nuclear physics or particle physics where simulations have been an important part of your research work. You will have strong IT and coding skills, experience of Monte-Carlo simulations, knowledge of relevant research methods and analysis techniques and the ability to develop simulations or other research software. You will excellent oral and written communication skills and experience of dissemination such as through publications, seminar and conference contributions as well the ability to conduct effective research work both individually and collaboratively.

Interview date: to be confirmed

 For informal enquiries: please contact Prof Mike Bentley ( or Dr Marina Petri (


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