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U.S. ATLAS Scholars Program 2015-2016

Dear U.S. ATLAS colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the 2015 U.S. ATLAS Scholars Program.

The U.S. ATLAS Analysis Support Centers (ASCs) will host a group of distinguished research scholars in a program to foster physics collaboration and enhance U.S. contributions to the ATLAS physics program. The U.S. ATLAS Scholars play an important role in the life of the ASCs as outside guests who bring new ideas and energy to the ASCs. An ASC Scholar will not only utilize the resources available at an ASC to make major contributions to ATLAS in the areas of physics analysis but also play a leading role in organizing ASC and U.S. ATLAS analysis activities. This program is an outstanding opportunity to initiate a research collaboration with ASC colleagues and to attract U.S. ATLAS colleagues to work on an analysis topic.

We seek ATLAS authors from U.S. universities who hold a doctorate degree in particle physics and have an established track record of physics analysis. A typical ASC Scholar will have had experience organizing and leading a group of physicists within ATLAS or another HEP experiment or have demonstrated the potential for doing so. Both Junior and Senior Scholars will receive up to $20K in support to allow them to participate fully in ASC activities. Senior Scholars are eligible for additional funding to provide relief from their institutional responsibilities*.

The expectation is that successful candidates will spend a significant amount of time at their chosen Analysis Support Center, at minimum the equivalent of three months during their term. They will be expected to identify a specific physics topic and engage local and remote collaborators to produce results. The engagement will likely include local workshops or events that attract external collaborators. The awarded funds are intended to support regular trips to the ASC with extended stays. Each ASC Scholar is expected to serve a non-renewable twelve-month term from Oct. 1, 2015, meeting regularly with local U.S. ATLAS collaborators. The selected scholars will also be invited to contribute to one or more other activities promoting physics analysis in U.S. ATLAS, such as the U.S. ATLAS Speakers Committee or the annual U.S. ATLAS Physics Workshop.

The application consists of a three-page research proposal describing the activity to be pursued at the chosen Analysis Support Center. This proposal should include details of the proposed research, the details of planned collaboration with specific ASC staff members or visitors, the critical level of activity required for the research, and the expected result of the activity. Prospective applicants are expected to contact the ASC coordinators listed below to explore physics opportunities and find mutual agreement on the proposed topics. Faculty who plan to take advantage of relief from institutional responsibilities should also provide a schedule describing when they would like this to occur. Please send the three-page research proposal and a two-page C.V. by June 15, 2015 to Winnie Yu at whyu AT bnl.gov. The final selection will be made by a committee of the U.S. ATLAS physics support managers and the Analysis Support Center coordinators.

Please direct any questions to Erich Varnes (varnes AT physics.arizona.edu), Ayana Arce (atarce AT phy.duke.edu) or the following Analysis Support Center coordinators:

- Argonne National Laboratory: Sasha Paramonov (alexander.paramonov AT cern.ch)

- Brookhaven National Laboratory: Hong Ma (hma AT bnl.gov)

- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Zachary Marshall (ZLMarshall AT lbl.gov)

See also
https://twiki.cern.ch/twiki/bin/view/Atlas/AnalysisSupport#Analysis_Support_Centers_ASC

*This scholarship award cannot be used to support university overhead or indirect cost charges, but it can be used to cover fringe benefits on salaries.