Project description

Subject: Physics.

The instrumentation physics group at Stockholm University invites applicants for a Ph.D. position to work on the upgrade of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron collider (LHC) at CERN. The main task for the applicant will be to participate in the ATLAS hadronic Tile Calorimeter upgrade collaboration in preparation for high-luminosity data taking at LHC.

The ATLAS experiment is the largest detector at the LHC, and one of two general-purpose experiments designed to explore a wide range of physics signals. Stockholm University has been a strong part of the ATLAS collaboration since it was formed. The instrumentation physics group, in close collaboration with the elementary particle physics division, has contributed significantly to design, construction, and upgrades of both the front-end readout for the hadronic Tile calorimeter (TileCal), and the Level-1 calorimeter trigger (L1Calo). With the planned luminosity upgrade of the LHC to five times the original design value in 2023, ATLAS is undergoing major upgrades to ensure high-quality data taking in a challenging environment.

The TileCal upgrade collaboration is developing new on-detector and off-detector systems for the hadronic calorimeter with improved reliability, higher bandwidth, and radiation tolerance. Stockholm University is developing a high-performance control and readout link Daughter Board (DB) for the on-detector systems, based on latest-generation programmable logic devices and high-speed fiber optic transceivers. The main focus of the successful candidate will be on continued development and testing of the DB, as well as integration of the full system at CERN. Depending on the candidate’s interests, additional work may include other relevant instrumentation projects, or TileCal-related analysis work. Frequent travel to CERN in Geneva is expected, with a possibility of longer periods based at CERN. The position is fully funded, including a salary and travel expenses.

We seek a self-motivated candidate who is fluent in English. An experimental background and interest in instrumentation are merits. The application should include experience with detectors, electronics (analog and/or digital), digital systems, programming, and other relevant skills.


Ref. No. SU FV-0346-19

Closing date: 3 March 2019

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