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Université catholique de Louvain

Post-doctoral position in muon tomography

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The center for Cosmology, Particle Physics and Phenomenology (CP3 - https://uclouvain.be/en/research-institutes/irmp/cp3) of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) invites applications for a postdoctoral position. The appointment will be for two years, with possibility of extension by one or more years depending on the availability of external funding.

The research project, under the primary supervision of Andrea Giammanco, will be in the area of "muon tomography", or "muography", i.e. an imaging method that exploits the large natural flux of muons from cosmic-ray interactions in the atmosphere. For general information on this relatively young research area, see e.g. this recent review: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revip.2020.100038 ; for specific information on the CP3-muography team, please have a look at https://cp3-git.irmp.ucl.ac.be/muographycp3/public-material . This project will also overlap with the research goals of the MODE consortium (https://mode-collaboration.github.io/), i.e. automatic optimization of the design of experiments.

The selected candidate will receive full funding through the H2020-RIA project "SilentBorder" funded by the European Commission. The aim of SilentBorder is to design new scanners and/or propose new methods, based on the principles of muography, for the detection of illicit materials in specific case studies where traditional scanning methods are inadequate or insufficient. More information is available at https://silentborder.eu/

The selected candidate will be expected to work on simulation and reconstruction algorithms for muon tomography (applicable also outside of the SilentBorder research goals) in synergy with the rest of the CP3-muography team and other teams belonging to SilentBorder and with support from MODE experts where appropriate.

This work is expected to lead to academic publications and presentations at international conferences, with the selected candidate as leading author or coauthor depending on the contribution. The skills and competences acquired during this work are expected to enhance the career prospects both in academia and the private sector.

Salary and benefits (as regulated by Belgian labour laws) depend on a few factors, in particular the number of years of experience after PhD, family composition, being in a mobility condition or not, etc. Just for sake of example, the smallest possible net salary (corresponding to a postdoctoral fellow who got the PhD since less than one year and has no fiscally dependent family members) is around 2500 EUR/month; the net salary corresponding to the specific situation of the selected candidate will be evaluated by the university's HR office upon starting the hiring procedure. Social security covers health insurance, sickness, invalidity and, if applicable, family allowances. You will be entitled to a public transport pass paid by the university.

By applying to this position, you pledge to comply to academic best practices and to strive for contributing to a healthy and collaborative work environment.

The position is open to candidates of any nationality. This position will remain open until suitable candidates are found, but the first screening of applicants will start in February 2022, therefore we advice to complete your application by then. Although the current budget only allows us to guarantee a single postdoc position, short-listed candidates may be considered for other positions in case other funding become available in the near future.

The starting date is flexible. By the regulations of our university, the contract cannot start before the candidate holds a PhD diploma.

Applications should be submitted online at this web page: https://cp3.irmp.ucl.ac.be/jobs/76 (click on the "Apply" button; if that button is not present, it means that the position has been filled). Please do NOT send your application material by e-mail. Applicants need to provide a Curriculum Vitae (free format) and the e-mail address of at least two reference persons who agree to be contacted by us; optionally, you can also ask your reference persons to upload their letters or send them by e-mail.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Demonstrated attitude for independent research;
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Programming skills.

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Giammanco (andrea.giammanco@uclouvain.be)

Please do NOT use this email address to send CV and application material; use the webpage https://cp3.irmp.ucl.ac.be/jobs/76 instead.

Informatie over de vacature

Functienaam
Post-doctoral position in muon tomography
Locatie
Place de l'Université 1 Louvain-la-Neuve, België
Gepubliceerd
2022-01-12
Uiterste sollicitatiedatum
2022-04-30
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