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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Physical Climate Science.

The successful candidate will work as part of the SummerTIME project, the aim of which is to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of Atlantic/European climate in summer, with a view to improving seasonal to decadal predictions.

Collaboration is expected within the SummerTIME team and also with scientists at ECMWF and the Met Office.

The successful candidate will investigate the fundamental drivers of Atlantic summer climate variability on sub-seasonal, seasonal and decadal time scales such as the tropical circulation, soil moisture feedbacks, air sea coupling, multi-decadal Atlantic variability, Arctic sea ice, the stratosphere and anthropogenic forcing.

The successful candidates work will entail numerical experiments with dynamical and empirical prediction systems and statistical analysis of large datasets to assess the predictability and skill of the European climate conditions in summer.

This post will be based in the sub-department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Department of Physics, under the supervision of Dr Antje Weisheimer, Dr Laure Zanna and Dr Tim Woollings.

Applicants should have or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field.

Applicants should demonstrate knowledge of the climate system and skills in computer programming and scientific communication.

Previous research experience in extended-range predictions will be an advantage.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Dr Antje Weisheimer
(weisheimer [at] atm [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

Only applications received before midday (UK time) 5th December 2014 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.

To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the following link:

University jobs website

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 5 December 2014 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Physical Climate Science

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Physical Climate Science.

The successful candidate will work as part of the SummerTIME project, the aim of which is to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of Atlantic/European climate in summer, with a view to improving seasonal to decadal predictions.

Collaboration is expected within the IMPETUS team and also with scientists at ECMWF and the Met Office.

The successful candidate will investigate the fundamentals of Atlantic climate variability in summer, with a focus on jet stream variability and its interaction with synoptic cyclones.

Particular tasks include identification of jet stream drivers and investigation of the role of diabatic processes in individual cyclones and in the storm track as a whole.

The work will entail statistical and dynamical analysis of large datasets and the use of an idealised model.

This post will be based in the sub-department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Department of Physics, under the supervision of Dr Tim Woollings, Dr Helen Dacre (Reading) and Prof Lesley Gray. Applicants should have or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field.

Previous research experience in atmospheric dynamics will be an advantage.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Dr Tim Woollings

(woollings [at] atm [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the following link:

University jobs website

Only applications received before 05/12/2014 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.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 5 December 2014 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Particle Theory

Theoretical Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Rudolf Peierls Center for Theoretical Physics of the University of Oxford, as part of the group of Dr. Juan Rojo, supported by the European Research Council Starting Grant PDF4BSM. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of two years, with the possibility of extension for one extra year.

The successful candidate is expected to develop research in perturbative Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) and Large Hadron Collider (LHC) phenomenology, in particular in the determination of the protons parton distribution functions and their implications for precision Standard Model parameters and for New Physics searches at the LHC.

Successful candidates will hold (or be about to complete) a a PhD/ DPhil in Physics and ideally a strong background in particle physics phenomenology, calculations in perturbative Quantum Field Theory and advanced computational and numerical methods. Previous experience in the field of LHC phenomenology and perturbative QCD/EW calculations, as well as in C++/Python code development, are required.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Dr Juan Rojo at juan [dot] rojo [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 15 December 2014 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical Particle Physics

Theoretical Physics

The Oxford Particle Theory Group invites applications for a STFC-funded postdoctoral position with responsibility for carrying out research in theoretical particle physics, specifically for the area of dark matter/beyond-standard-model phenomenology. Details about our activities can be found at http://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/research/particle-theory and enquiries may be directed to any member of our academic staff. The post is available for a fixed-term duration of two years.

The successful PDRA candidate will hold a PhD/DPhil in physics or closely related field and is expected to conduct independent research in theoretical physics in the framework of the groups STFC Rolling Grant supported programme and participate in the academic life of the Particle Theory group and the Department of Physics. Applications from women are particularly encouraged.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 15 December 2014 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position within the Oxford Martin School Programme on Bio-Inspired Quantum Oxford Martin School for a fixed-term of 15 months (with the possibility of extension).

The selected researcher will collaborate with experimental groups in the Oxford Martin School consortium.

The successful candidate will conduct research on experimentally-testable witnesses of quantum coherence in dynamical quantum systems (e.g. spectroscopic probes of organic molecules), and will be required to work independently and collaboratively, on both experimental design as well as data analysis.

Experience with numerical modelling and foundations of quantum mechanics will be an advantage.

The role will also include co-supervision of PhD students and undergraduate projects.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

A background in experimental quantum information and single molecule spectroscopy is expected in addition to applying theoretical techniques for studying energy transport in biological and organic molecules.

The candidate will have a track record of establishing research connections with experimental groups and of managing projects will be preferred.

Applicants should hold a BSc (or equivalent) and a PhD (or close to obtaining) in physics or a closely related field, research skills in quantum optics and many-body physics, open system approaches to quantum dynamics, quantum information.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Vlatko Vedral
(v [dot] vedral1 [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

Only applications received before midday (UK time) Wednesday 17 December 2014 can be considered.

You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the following link:
University jobs website

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 17 December 2014 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Non-polar Nitride Dots for Single Photon Applications

Condensed Matter

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on an EPSRC funded project entitled Non-polar nitride quantum dots for application in single photon sources.

The post is based in the Sub-Department of Condensed Matter Physics under the supervision of Prof. Robert Taylor, where the candidate will undertake experiments on samples consisting of InGaN quantum dots grown on the a-plane to reduce the internal electric field.

The candidate will be expected to undertake optical characterization of these samples and to play a role in the design and specification of devices based on these samples.

The project is part of collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Department of Materials at Cambridge University.

The candidate will also be expected to interact with Prof. Evelyn Hus group at Harvard University.

The candidate will primarily work on a time-resolved micro-photoluminescence system and undertake detailed experiments on fabricated photonic structures; the candidate should also be able to cope with the use of an e-beam, SEM, RIE etc.

Applicants should possess or be close to obtaining a PhD (or equivalent) and experience in optical spectroscopy, cryogenics and possibly nanofabrication.

The successful candidate should have a track record of publication and the ability to communicate results effectively at major international conferences.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.
This post offers the opportunity to develop a significant publication record in this area.

Please direct informal inquiries about this post to Prof. Robert Taylor
(r [dot] taylor1 [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

Only applications received before midday Friday 19 December 2014 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.

To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the following link:

University jobs website

Please click here for further details.

Application Deadline: 19 December 2014 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Theoretical Astro and Plasma Physics (up to two posts)

Theoretical Physics

Applications are invited for up to two ERC funded postdoctoral positions. The positions are available from mid January 2015 although later commencement will be negotiable. The posts are for a minimum term of 2 years. These are career development posts funded by a research grant, with possible extension to grant end date 31 Mar-18, subject to performance.

The postholders will be based in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics. They will be expected to carry out the research program specified by the ERC grant Exploitation of surveys of our Galaxy: developing dynamical models of our Galaxy, predicting from them the results of surveys of our Galaxy, and drawing inferences about the structure and history of the Galaxy by comparing predictions with data. Initially the data employed will come from ground-based surveys, but a major goal is to prepare for data arriving from ESAs Cornerstone Mission Gaia, launched in December 2013.

Successful candidates should have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in physics, mathematics or a related field, experience of scientific computing and an interest in Bayesian inference, and have produced high-quality scientific research. They should demonstrate the capacity for independent work.

There are no restrictions on eligibility; Nationals of any country are eligible to apply.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 5 January 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics (two posts)

Theoretical Physics

Applications are invited for two new postdoctoral positions to perform research on the theory of condensed matter working with S H Simon and also J. T. Chalker, F. Essler and P. Fendley.

The positions are supported from an EPSRC grant for work on Topological Protection and Non-Equilibrium States in Strongly Correlated Electron Systems.

Successful PDRA candidates will hold (or be about to complete) a PhD/ DPhil in Physics, or a closely related field. The postholders are expected to conduct research in collaboration with the theoretical condensed matter physics group at Oxford University.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 2 February 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

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