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Dark Matter Summer Placement

🚀 Summer Internship


🤑 £20.6K
19d left

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  • The ideal candidate for this Dark Matter Summer Placement with UK Research and Innovation should be a full-time university student, with the ability to live and work in the UK during the placement. They should possess excellent communication skills, analytical capabilities, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Familiarity with the Linux operating system, as well as high-level programming languages like Python and C/C++, is required. Additionally, a basic understanding of particle interactions and radiation detectors is desired.
  • The Dark Matter Summer Placement at UK Research and Innovation involves conducting simulations to model the MIGDAL’s Time Projection Chamber and analyzing the images of nuclear recoils and their signals on electrodes. The candidate will also attend meetings, report findings to the research team and collaborators, and document research findings.

Summer Internship



  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) of Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), is one of the largest Particle Physics groups in the UK!
  • We work with people across the world to understand and discover the fundamental building blocks of the Universe. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN DRDs, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations!
  • The Dark Matter group at RAL is involved in the construction and exploitation of the LUX-ZEPLIN double phase LXe detector at Homestake in the US. We are also involved in the R&D programme for the future G3 Liquid Xenon Dark Matter project.
  • One of the R&D elements is to simulate and measure the so called Migdal Effect which detection will significantly improve the detector sensitivity to low mass WIMP searches. The success of the future experiment depends on a careful understanding of this effect.


  • Are in full time education at university, and will be returning to university/your studies to complete your undergraduate degree following the placement
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to analyse and illuminate data, interpret reports and evaluate
  • Able to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of Linux operating system
  • Knowledge of a high-level programming language, such as Python and C/C++
  • Basic knowledge of particle interactions with matter and radiation detectors

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • This placement will focus on the modelling of the MIGDAL’s Time Projection Chamber and in particular various geometries of its stack of the Gas Electron Multipliers. The work will involve end-to-end simulations creating images of highly ionising nuclear recoils and their induced signals on the charge collecting electrodes.
  • Perform simulations as instructed
  • Attend scheduled meetings
  • Report findings to the research team and to collaborators
  • Document research findings in a clear and accessible manner


Work type

Full time

Work mode


Application deadline

Mar 10, 2024




20650 GBP