An ALICE Junior is:
- Masters or PhD student
- A person whose PhD award was within the last 5 years (post-doc)
- A person whose University degree was awarded within the last 8 years
Essentially the junior members of ALICE are those people who are near the beginning of their careers. Much of the day-to-day analysis is conducted by the junior members, along with service tasks and other important tasks such as detector calibration and development, which are necessary for ALICE to run in a smooth and efficient manner. The representation of the Juniors within ALICE management passes through the election of 3 juniors' representatives to the Collaboration Board (CB).
These representatives serve a 2 year term on the CB, and they have one vote each in it. They act as liaisons with the junior community, by reporting on key decisions made by the CB and by addressing the issues of the juniors within the CB itself. One of the three elected representatives must be a student, in order to ensure that the voices of those who are still students are also heard.
It is important to make people in the ALICE management understand the experiences that juniors have, and the realities that we face in our current career paths. This will allow ALICE to make decisions that better suit the needs of everyone within the collaboration.
It is equally important to involve every ALICE junior in the discussions and in the election procedures, to support our representatives and to let them know the problems that the juniors face. Juniors are a vital part of the collaboration and should have a word in how it is managed!