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29 Feb 2024

UCL HEP Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Proton Beam Therapy (Ref: 1882269)

The High Energy Physics group at UCL invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) diagnostics development.

A detector is currently under development within the group — the Quality Assurance Range Calorimeter (QuARC) — to make fast, accurate measurements of proton range and Water Equivalent Path Length at clinical PBT facilities as part of the Quality Assurance (QA) procedure required for safe treatment. The successful applicant will be expected to take a leading role in the detector development, with a focus on the data acquisition and readout, including the development of the FPGA-based DAQ system and front-end interface.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in high energy physics, medical physics or a related subject and will have detailed knowledge of high energy physics or medical physics detector systems, in particularly with data acquisition and detector readout, with hands-on experience of designing, simulating, building and commissioning such systems. The fellow will join the proton beam therapy detector group within High Energy Physics.

Experience with the design, assembly and testing of the relevant detector systems is essential. Advanced knowledge of proton beam therapy detectors and diagnostics, FPGA programming and curve fitting, analogue light readout systems and associated front end electronics, is highly desirable. Knowledge of analogue circuit design, the Geant4 simulation package, the C++ programming language and related high energy physics data analysis packages, such as ROOT, is also desirable. Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication.

Some details on the first detector prototype are given in the following papers:

This fellowship is funded for 2.5 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extending to 3 years. Appointment at Grade 7 (£36,770 – £44,388 per annum) is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £32,217 – £33,958 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to the online UCL Vacancies page, which also includes the Job Description and Person Specification. If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Shanice Thomas. Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Dr Simon Jolly.

Closing Date: 30th April 2022.