Researcher job in nuclear physics, particle physics, energy physics

University of Bergen (UiB)


Department of Physics and Technology invites for a position as a researcher within High Performance Computing for experimental heavy-ion physics, at University of Bergen, Norway

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General Info

Position: Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 6 Years
Salary: 553 500 NOK/Year

Department of Physics and Technology
University of Bergen
University of Bergen (UiB)

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Qualification Details

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within experimental nuclear or particle high energy physics or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Ability to attract external research funding must be documented.
  • Experience with the operation and debugging of complex IT systems and with CERN/LHC-related HPC and computing frameworks (e.g. Tier-1 centre), knowledge of Linux-based cluster systems and networks and proficiency in C++ are requirements.
  • Knowledge of benchmarking and performance monitoring, middleware: (j)AliEn and dCache, batch queueing systems and cluster orchestration tools as well as experience with Python are an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.
  • A good command of the Norwegian language is an advantage.

In assessing the candidates, a review of both the quality and the breadth of the candidate's research will be conducted. Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The tasks will include the operation, maintenance and procurement of the resources of the Tier-1 installation at the IT-department (50%) and their further development together with a group at HVL and the ALICE O2 group at CERN, as well as the participation in software and data analysis projects within the Experimental Nuclear Physics Group at the Department of Physics and Technology (50%).Work tasks

  • Operate, maintain and procure the Tier-1 hardware resources
  • Operate, maintain and monitor the middleware
  • Improve and optimize performance of the resources
  • Collaborate with Norwegian and Scandinavian colleagues of the Nordic Tier-1
  • Collaborate with the O2 group of ALICE at CERN (includes trips to Switzerland)
  • Contribute to the internal and external documentation
  • Contribute to research projects within the ALICE online/offline software project
  • Contribute to research projects (software development, data analysis) within the Experimental Nuclear Physics Group at IFT
  • Contribute to the computing training of Bachelor, Master and PhD students at IFT

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas. If you have not yet completed your PhD degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Publications (as applicable)

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge

About the Project

The position is associated with the ALICE experiment at CERN. The heavy-ion group of the Department of Physics and Technology participates in ALICE, which is currently preparing for the third period of taking data from ultra-relativistic proton-proton, lead-lead and proton-lead collisions at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Distributed High Performance/Throughput Computing centres provide the resources for processing and analysing the data.The researcher position is connected to the Nordic Tier-1 computing and storage resources for the LHC experiments at CERN and will be integrated in the Scientific Computing group at the IT-department at UiB. UiB provides a large part of the Nordic resources for the ALICE experiment. Access to the worldwide distributed resources is done by so-called grid middleware. For computing, Tier-1 at UiB uses a middleware called (j)AliEn developed by ALICE. For access of the distributed storage in the Nordics a middleware called dCache is used.

About the Employer: University of Bergen (UiB)

Note or Other details

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 61 (code 1109/pay range 24, alternative 5) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 553 500,-. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. Further promotions are made according to length of service.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Good welfare benefits

Researchers code 1109 holding a permanent position, may apply for a personal promotion to Researcher code 1183 based on a declaration of competence. For more information, see Personal promotion to Researcher code 1183 | Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences | UiB

The position is based on the following terms

  • The researcher will be a member of the research group in which the subject area of the position belongs.
  • Salary expenses should as far as possible be 100 % externally financed.
  • The researcher will actively contribute to obtaining external project funding for the academic community, to both themselves and others, from The Research Council of Norway, the EU as well as other sources.
  • The research activity is expected to be funded by the projects the researcher and the research group, are working on.
  • The head of department may instruct the researcher to work towards specific research projects.
  • The researcher may partake in duties, participate in committees etc. within the UiB.
  • The researcher is normally not obliged to teach but is expected to partake in the supervision of masters and PhD students, to the extent that this is a natural part of the work in the research group.
  • The foundation for the position will no longer exist if project funding ceases, and the new law on Government employees etc. regarding termination of employment and preferential rights will be applied.

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Contact details

For further details about the position, please contact Prof. Dieter Røhrich, +47 55582722, or Alexander Oltu (, mobile 468 19 137), head of digital research products, IT.

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