Postdoctoral Researcher - Study of the vector boson scattering process with the ATLAS detector

Feb 08, 2019
Feb 27, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Role description

LAPP is a combined CNRS and Université de Savoie Mont-Blanc unit. Close to 150 people are working at LAPP: researchers, professors, engineers and support staff, students and visiting scientists. The laboratory is very actively involved in several large international collaborations working on accelerators (ATLAS and LHCb on the LHC at CERN, BaBar at SLAC in California, OPERA in Gran Sasso) and astroparticle experiments (Virgo, AMS, H.E.S.S. and CTA). Involved in many R&D and construction programs for large research infrastructures, the laboratory's skills cover a large scope of domains involving innovative technologies in micro-electronics, complex mechanical structure design and optimization, grid computing and scientific software developments. The location of LAPP, 50 km from CERN, and the presence of the theory laboratory LAPTh in the same premises, make the LAPP campus a very attractive research place for scientists contributing to particle and astroparticle physics. LAPP hosts the MUST mid-range data storage and computing centre - widely open to distributed computing infrastructure supporting research and academic projects.

The CNRS LAPP (Laboratoire d'Annecy de Physique des Particules) Institute is opening a two-years postdoctoral position available to start in April 2019.

Duties and responsibilities

The candidate will have the responsibility of developing new analysis methods based on machine learning technologies. The successful candidate will take a leading role in the study of the vector boson scattering process, in which the ATLAS LAPP group is already strongly involved. The ATLAS LAPP group gathers 13 permanent physicists, 12 phD and post-docs and about 20 engineers and technicians. It has an historical commitment to the ATLAS LAr calorimeter operation and maintenance, and is also strongly engaged in the ATLAS LAr and tracking upgrades for HL-LHC. The group is involved in trigger activities, electron/photon performance, jet reconstruction and pileup mitigation studies. It is also involved in Higgs physics, Standard Model electroweak measurements and in direct searches for New Physics. The geographical proximity of LAPP and CERN, about 50 km and 40' drive, allow the group members a strong involvement in detector operations, and continuous participation in person to the working meetings of the ATLAS collaboration.


  • Knowledge and experience in C++ and/or Python programming languages is required.
  • Computing skills in Scikit-learn, Keras, Theano, Tensorflow or other data analysis and processing packages will be favourably considered, as well as familiarity with deep learning developments.
  • Candidates should have obtained a PhD in high-energy physics by the date of appointment.


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