Professional Research Asst

Boulder, CO
Feb 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Scientist Position on CMS at the University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado experimental High Energy Physics group has an available position for a Research Scientist to work with the CMS experiment at the LHC. The CU CMS group is involved in a broad range of activities including detector and electronics R&D directed toward the planned upgrades of the experiment over the next decade. The current opening is to work on R&D for the Phase 2 upgrade of the trigger and data acquisition systems for the High Luminosity LHC upgrade. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of a hardware trigger based on the CMS silicon tracker. The trigger system consists of ATCA boards communicating with optical fibers and using FPGA processors. The candidate will contribute to the design, implementation, testing, construction, and operation of the trigger system, including logic implemented in firmware and software modeling and monitoring tools.


Desired qualifications include the following:

-Experience in FPGA firmware development and simulation (Verilog and/or VHDL)

-Experience with high level synthesis (HLS) tools for firmware development

-Strong analytical skills as applied to solving engineering problems

-Experience with modern particle detectors and data analysis techniques

-Experience with detector simulations and trigger algorithm development

-Ability to design and implement online DAQ and detector monitoring systems

-Ability to work collaboratively with other engineers and physicists as well as students and postdoctoral researchers

Candidates should posses a Ph.D. in physics, electrical engineering, or computer science, or a master's or bachelor's degree with significant post-degree experience in experimental HEP. This position could be especially well suited for people with several years of postdoc experience at a HEP experiment and relevant expertise in firmware and/or software development. The successful candidate will be hired as either a Professional Research Assistant or a Research Associate, with the latter appropriate for a candidate with a Ph.D. Both titles imply a career research position without a fixed term, subject to availability of funding. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Work will be performed primarily in Boulder, Colorado with significant travel to CERN, Fermilab, and other collaborating institutions. For questions or further information please contact Prof. Keith Ulmer

Review of applications will begin on Jan. 15, 2018.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter with filename Cover_LastName.pdf; 2 - Curriculum Vitae with filename CV_LastName.pdf; 3 - Contact information for at least 3 letter writers with filename References_LastName.pdf; 4 - Statement of technical and research experience with filename Research_LastName.pdf where LastName refers to the last name of the applicant. This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10180 - Physics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Nov 16, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Position Number: 00741124


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