Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Atom Interferometry

University of Oxford
December 01, 2022
Offerd Salary:£34,308 - £42,155
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Contract Type:fixed term of 10 mon
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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Atom Interferometry

Department of Physics, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU

The Department of Physics is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Atomic Interferometry.

The post is available for a fixed term of 10 months.

The Atom Interferometry Observatory and Network (AION) project will develop the technology for a large-scale atom interferometer to investigate fundamental physics with funding from the Quantum Technology for Fundamental Physics programme. The work at Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Chris Foot, is being carried out in collaboration with other researchers at six other institutions in the UK (see https: // for details).

The initial stage of the project is to construct a tabletop system as a prototype for further stages, firstly a 10m tall instrument constructed in Oxford Physics and larger devices in future. There is a formal link between AION and the MAGIS-100 project which is constructing a 100m tall atom interferometer at Fermilab in the US. Such instruments will provide sensitive detectors to search for certain types of dark matter and, when operated in a network, will create a new generation of instruments for the detection of gravity waves in the mid-band of frequencies (around 1 Hz).

The successful candidate will carry out experimental work as part of a team, in particular setting up the laser and optical system required for matter-wave interferometry with strontium atoms. Tasks will also include presenting results at conferences and co-authoring research papers, sharing responsibility for safe laboratory practice, especially laser systems, and assisting with some administrative duties. The post-holder may have the opportunity to teach, including small group teaching, tutoring of undergraduates and graduate students, or demonstrating experiments on the practical course.

Applicants should hold a PhD in physics and have a strong background in experimental ultracold atomic physics.

Candidates must have proven research skills in a relevant area including operating complex experimental apparatus, excellent motivation and the ability to work as part of a team, experience in analysing data and publishing results, experience in experimental design and purchasing of equipment alongside good communication and presentation skills.

Experience in carrying out experiments in the field of laser cooling of atoms (or ions) is necessary.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Prof. Christopher Foot ([email protected]).

Only applications received before midday on 1 December 2022 can be considered. You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 161363 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 01-Dec-2022 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : Grade 7: £34,308 - £42,155 per annum

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