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Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Aerosol, Cloud and Precipitation Interactions (2 posts)

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for up to two Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Aerosol, Cloud and Precipitation Interactions. The posts are available initially for a fixed-term duration of 3 years.

These positions will be at the forefront of developing modelling based assessments of aerosol, cloud and precipitation interactions as part of the new European Research Council project constRaining the EffeCts of Aerosols on Precipitation (RECAP). Science and simulations will utilise from idealised global scale modelling to detailed CRM/LES modelling of aerosol and cloud processes on smaller scales.

The successful candidates will work closely with national and international collaborators and are expected to develop innovative modelling approaches. The results should be presented at national and international meetings as well as published in high-impact publications. The ability and drive to work collaboratively, yet independently, as part of a team is essential.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in in atmospheric modelling.

Depending on the post, additional experience with either large-scale to meso-scale atmospheric dynamics/modelling or with aerosol and cloud microphysics/cloud resolving/LES modelling would be of benefit.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate an excellent understanding of atmospheric physics, a strong background in atmospheric modelling and a demonstrated drive and ability to perform novel research of international standing.

The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Philip Stier.

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

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 20 October 2017 can be considered.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy is changing. With effect from October 1 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above will have a retirement age of 68, and all employees at Grades 6 and 7 will no longer have a set retirement age. Further details are available at: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 20 October 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Executive Assistant

Astrophysics

Applications are invited for an Executive Assistant to Professor Roger Davies. This is a fast paced role that will form an integral part of the Centre for Astrophysical Surveys. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 3 years, with the possibility of extension subject to funding.

The successful candidate will provide EA support to Professor Roger Davies, with some additional support provided to the wider sub-department where required. Along with specific responsibility for administration for the Centre for Astrophysical Surveys (including the management of finance and project reporting), the post includes support for Prof. Davies as President of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) as well as administration for a small number of other grants.

The Post-holder must be able to deal with a wide range of tasks, many of which are highly confidential, sensitive or urgent. They should be confident in writing, and demonstrate attention to detail. They must be able to work harmoniously with members of the administration team. Experience of work within a scientific, or university environment, or of grant management, would be welcome.

A willingness to work outside normal hours to support public lectures e.g. in the Hintze Lecture series, and outreach events is also needed. In supporting Prof Davies as President of the EAS some international travel may be required. Applicants should have the ability to be flexible and possess good time management skills and an efficient approach to diary management. Previous experience working as an executive assistant or senior personal assistant in a large complex organisation is advantageous. We are seeking an advanced user of the Microsoft Office Suite and candidates who have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. In addition we would like candidates to have meticulous attention to detail coupled with the ability to work under pressure in a busy environment. Applicants should demonstrate experience of senior diary management, together with the ability to organize complex schedules, and evidence of tact and discretion in dealing with confidential or sensitive matters.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 16th November.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Leanne O’Donnell or Professor Roger Davies

(leanne.odonnell@physics.ox.ac.uk) or (roger.davies@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday Friday 27th October 2017 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 27 October 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Laboratory Astrophysics

Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Laboratory Magnetohydrodynamic Turbulence with High Power Lasers. The post is available for a fixed-term until 31st December 2019.

The generation and amplification of magnetic fields in the Universe is one of remaining outstanding question in modern astronomy. This project aims at providing a new route towards the understanding of magnetogenesis via laboratory experiments using laboratory lasers (from University scale to the largest ones in the world, notably NIF, where an experiment has been approved). The successful candidate will lead the planning and execution of experiments as well as the analysis of the data with both numerical and analytical methods. They may also be involved in studying the role of turbulence (and dynamo) in producing the present day values of magnetic fields in clusters of galaxies. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess (or be close to obtaining) a doctorate in physics or a related field and have a strong background in plasma and laser physics. Previous experience in the field of astronomy and astrophysics will be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellent skills in plasma diagnostics (both optical and x-rays) as well as data analysis capabilities.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Gianluca Gregori and Alexander Schekochihin:

(gianluca.gregori@physics.ox.ac.uk) or
(a.schekochihin @physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday 6th November 2017 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.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 6 November 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - ATLAS Experiment

Particle Physics

The Sub-department of Particle Physics at the University of Oxford is currently seeking a talented and highly qualified post-doctoral research assistant to work on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC on a 3-year fixed-term contract.

The post holder will be joining one of the largest and most prominent groups on the ATLAS experiment. Our effort is broadly focused on searches for new physics, the exploration of the Higgs sector, standard model measurements, and operational support of the ATLAS experiment. We also play a substantial role in the ATLAS Phase 2 Upgrade silicon tracker. The successful candidate will be expected to play a leading role in ATLAS data analysis and have a major role in the development of ATLAS JetEtmiss software or data preparation.

The position is full-time. The successful candidate will hold a Doctorate in Particle Physics. The post will be based in Geneva, Switzerland or in Oxford according to the preference of the successful candidate. When based in Oxford, teaching duties of up to 3 hours per week during University term may be required.

Only applications received promptly by 12:00 noon UK time on 16 November 2017 can be considered. Please read the "Person Specification and Job Description" before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a Curriculum Vita, a description of research experience and interests and the names and addresses of three referees as part of your online application. In addition you should arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent to sue.geddes@physics.ox.ac.uk by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters. Informal enquiries about this post may be made to Prof C. Issever cigdem.issever@physics.ox.ac.uk or Ian Shipsey ian.shipsey@physics.ox.ac.uk

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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

Application Deadline: 16 November 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - ATLAS Experiment

Particle Physics

The Sub-department of Particle Physics at the University of Oxford is currently seeking a talented and highly qualified post-doctoral research assistant to work on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC on a 3-year fixed-term contract.

The post holder will be joining one of the largest and most prominent groups on the ATLAS experiment. Our effort is broadly focused on searches for new physics, the exploration of the Higgs sector, standard model measurements, and operational support of the ATLAS experiment. We also play a substantial role in the ATLAS Phase 2 Upgrade silicon tracker. The successful candidate will play a leading role in a team studying the decay of a Higgs to b-quarks final states. He/she will also provide operational support for the ATLAS Semiconductor Tracker to ensure it continues to operate well in conditions far harsher than it was designed for.

The position is full-time. The successful candidate will hold a Doctorate in Particle Physics. The post will be based in Geneva, Switzerland or in Oxford according to the preference of the successful candidate. When based in Oxford, teaching duties of up to 3 hours per week during University term may be required.

Only applications received promptly by 12:00 noon UK time on 16 November 2017 can be considered. Please read the "Person Specification and Job Description" before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a Curriculum Vita, a description of research experience and interests and the names and addresses of three referees as part of your online application. In addition you should arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent to sue.geddes@physics.ox.ac.uk by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters. Informal enquiries about this post may be made to Prof. D. Bortoletto Daniela.bortoletto@physics.ox.ac.uk or Prof. I. Shipsey ian.shipsey@physics.ox.ac.uk

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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

Application Deadline: 16 November 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cavity Quantum Photonics

Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cavity Quantum Photonics.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 12 months , with a possible extension of 4 months.

This project is a targeted research effort supported by the EPSRC Hub for Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT). We are seeking for researchers to assist with the development of a quantum-photonic network which connects single atoms deterministically coupled to high-finesse optical cavities to enable remote coupling, measurement-induced entanglement and hybrid atom-photon quantum processing. The successful candidate will explore and compare atom-trap compliant cavity-mirror designs and mirror production methods, including super-polishing of substrates, laser machining of fibre tips and focussed ion-beam (FIB) milling. The aim is to eventually produce mirrors which allow for strong mode coupling and for plano-concave cavities of large mirror distance, potentially compliant with both ion and atom traps.

Applicants should possess, [or be very close to obtaining] a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally have a strong experimental background in high-finesse cavity-QED, atom optics, integrated photonics, quantum optics and quantum correlation measurements.

Previous experience in the fields of atom/ion trapping, microfabrication, and complex data analysis and process control will be an advantage.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of optical cavity QED techniques, photonic quantum networks, non-classical correlation and entanglement phenomena and their experimental implementations, and to possess a strong research track record in quantum atom optics or related fields. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Axel Kuhn

(axel.kuhn@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday 23rd November 2017 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.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 23 November 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Bernoulli Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for a Bernoulli Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Exoplanet Science. The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

This project engages key frontier areas concerning the atmospheres and climates of extrasolar planets. The emphasis is on Earth to Super-Earth mass/size classes of planets. The post is intended to be held as part of the Bernoulli Fellowship program, fostering collaboration on exoplanet research between the University of Oxford and Bern University (see: www.csh.unibe.ch/research/projects/csh_fellowship/index_eng.html). The project offers almost unlimited scope for the postholder to define his or her own research agenda within the general area of simulation of exoplanet climate phenomena.

The successful candidate will join Oxford’s growing exoplanet research program. He or she will work closely with the P.I. and with University of Bern partners in developing and carrying out a research program in the general area of exoplanet atmospheres and climates. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: exoplanet atmospheres; their dynamics, thermodynamics and chemistry; their formation and their evolution through interaction with the planetary surface and interior and escape to space; their detection and characterisation. Uninhabitable climates, such as those of lava planets are as much (or more) within the scope of interest as more Earthlike habitable planets with surface liquid water. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in planetary atmospheres and numerical simulation of fluids. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a capability for independent innovative research, as evidenced by their publication record. Candidates with primary expertise in planetary geology pertinent to volatile cycling are also welcome to apply.

A demonstrated ability to initiate and conduct independent research is essential, as is a high degree of experience with programming techniques for high performance computing.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Raymond T Pierrehumbert.

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

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 1 December 2017 can be considered.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 1 December 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

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