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Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

Job Details:

Title:Research Laboratory Technician- High Energy Physics (Fixed Term)
Position:Other
Location:Cambridge U.
Contact:Hommels, Bart
Closing Date:2021-04-16

Job Description:

The High-Energy Physics group at the Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, welcomes applications for the position of Research Laboratory Technician, to support their work on ATLAS, one of the main experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

As part of a dedicated and friendly team, the successful candidate will be working on quality control of silicon particle detectors and the production of 1000 detector modules and the delivery of these within both UK-wide and international collaborations.

For a fixed term of 3 years in the first instance, we are seeking a technician with affinity for both mechanics and electronics, qualified to HND/HNC, level 4/5 vocational qualifications or an equivalent level of practical experience.

Prior experience with fine mechanics assembly work and practical experience with either electronic measurements or the operation of custom electronics setups are requirements, and practical experience with micro electronics assembly techniques would be highly valued.

You will have good communication skills, be computer literate, an eye for detail and show initiative to improve procedures and processes.
Main duties & responsibilities:
  • To carry out detailed measurements on sensitive Silicon detectors, including: visual inspection, electrical measurements, mechanical measurements using dedicated instruments and setups.
  • To carry out module assembly work: precision assembly of delicate electronic components and assemblies, including wirebonding using our full automatic machine.
  • To run all the measurements and testing required for module quality control.
  • Update test records and result entry.
  • Keep track of components and stock, arrange shipping of completed objects to UK institutes.
  • Ensure smooth running of our cleanroom facility.

The Cavendish HEP group offers an exciting and dynamic work environment, and opportunities exist to expand the scope of the work with technical and/or organisational tasks.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.


The closing date for applications is 16th April 2021 with interviews expected to take place in the week commencing 23rd April 2021.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr. Bart Hommels (Senior Technical Officer) on lbah2@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference KA25702 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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