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Mechanical Workshop Technician

Central Physics

Applications are invited for the post of Mechanical Workshop Technician within Oxford University’s Department of Physics. The post is permanent and full time.

The successful candidate will have previous experience of manufacturing components using CNC and standard machines and fitting them into assemblies and complete pieces of equipment required for research. Additional duties such as installing, modifying and maintaining apparatus and equipment, which may take place on sites away from Oxford and abroad, are required as part of the role.

Applicants should have a BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Mechanical or Production Engineering or an equivalent qualification. Lower qualifications would be considered if offset by experience significantly greater than the minimum specified above. Previous experience in the field of high technology research and development and computer controlled machining is essential. Additional relevant qualifications and/or experience would be advantageous.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Mike Tacon - mike.Tacon@physics.ox.ac.uk

Only applications received before midday Monday June 26th 2017 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement 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: 26 June 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Research Grants Manager

Central Physics

Oxford Physics pursues forefront research alongside training the next generation of leaders in physics. With an academic staff of over 100, activities range from fundamental particles to the furthest reaches of the universe to manipulating matter on an atomic scale. Oxford physicists are probing new ways to harness solar energy, exploring computation on the quantum scale and revealing the fundamental structure of space and time.

The Research Grants Manager supports the Head of Research Grants Administration in managing an increasingly complex and diverse research awards portfolio, worth approximately £140m from a wide range of funders. He or she will manage a small team within the Finance office and liaise in a confident and professional manner with other teams within the Department and more widely across the University. The post is permanent and full time.

The postholder will be expected to deliver a high quality, efficient and effective service to academics, HoRGA and other key stakeholders. This will involve balancing the differing needs across the department’s research support activity including the deployment of efficient procedures to manage awards and anticipate risks; financial management and forecasting; and accurate reporting to funding bodies.

Previous experience in research accounting is beneficial but not essential as training can be provided.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Dr Michele Warren - michele.warren@physics.ox.ac.uk

Only applications received before midday Wednesday 28th June 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: 28 June 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Quantum Science with Ultracold Molecules

Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Quantum Science with Ultracold Molecules.

This project is part of a targeted research effort supported by an EPSRC programme grant, with the aim of studying the dynamics and interactions of cold molecules in the quantum limit. The postholder will primarily work on theoretical studies of many-body quantum lattice models with long-range dipole-dipole interactions and develop Tensor-Network-Theory based algorithms for numerically studying such systems. In addition, the postholder will investigate the role of non-trivial topological states that might arise in these setups and explore their possible applications in quantum information processing. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with theoretical and experimental partners in the project consortium.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining, a doctorate in physics or a related field, and have a strong background and expertise in tensor network methods and long-range interactions and/or ultracold molecules. Previous experience in studying topological systems for quantum information processing will be an advantage.

The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

This post is fixed-term for 2 years with a possible extension.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Dieter Jaksch (dieter.jaksch@physics.ox.ac.uk).

Applicants are required to upload statements about (i) their research interests and how they align with the project and (ii) on how their expertise fulfils the selection criteria listed in the further particulars, and a CV including a complete list of publications highlighting the five publications most relevant for the post. Two academic references to be sent to Monika Porada (monika.porada@physics.ox.ac.uk by the application deadline are also required.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on 30 June 2017. Late applications may be considered until the post is filled.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 30 June 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Single-Molecule Biochemistry

Condensed Matter

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with experience in biochemistry and single-molecule biophysics to join the Gene Machines’ group, led by Prof Achilles Kapanidis. The group is well known for developing single-molecule fluorescence methods (Holden Nature Meth 2011, 8, 279; Crawford Biophys J 2013, 105, 2439) and applying them to DNA/RNA polymerases (Stracy M PNAS 2015; 112, E4390; Duchi Mol Cell 2016; 63, 939). The post is available for a fixed term of 36 months.

The project focuses on gene transcription mechanisms. The PDRA will carry out single-molecule imaging to capture real-time transcription kinetics, and study antibiotics that block transcription. The successful candidate will join a dynamic interdisciplinary group where they will supervise graduate students and enjoy high research independence, write research articles and have the opportunity to teach.

The ideal candidate should possess a doctorate and substantial demonstrable postdoctoral experience in Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics, or related field. They should also have experience in DNA biochemistry, DNA-binding proteins, protein expression, site-specific labelling, unnatural amino acid mutagenesis, protein-DNA interactions, and bacterial cell culture. Experience with bacterial transcription, structural biology of RNA polymerase, fluorescence microscopy, and single-molecule FRET are also essential. The ideal candidate should have at least two original publication in peer-reviewed journals and be experienced in publishing.

Please direct enquiries to Prof. Achilles Kapanidis - achillefs.kapanidis@physics.ox.ac.uk

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 6 July 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Aerosol, Cloud Climate Interactions x 3

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for up to 3 Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Aerosol, Cloud Climate Interactions.

The posts are available initially for a fixed-term duration of 3 years.

These projects will be at the forefront of modelling based assessments of aerosol, cloud climate interactions. Two positions are available as part of the new European Research Council project constRaining the EffeCts of Aerosols on Precipitation (RECAP) ranging from idealised to realistic global scale modelling to detailed CRM/LES modelling of aerosol and cloud processes on smaller scales. One position, part of the NERC Aerosol-Cloud Uncertainty REduction project (A-CURE) will combine innovative perturbed physics ensembles with comprehensive observations to reduce uncertainty in aerosol radiative effects.

The successful candidates will work closely with national and international collaborators and are expected to develop innovative modelling approaches. You will develop original research and analysis strategies. Results should be presented at national and international meetings as well as published in high-impact publications.

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 in atmospheric dynamics, small scale processes or the use of remote sensing and in-situ observations of aerosol and cloud parameters is of benefit.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate an excellent understanding of atmospheric physics, a strong background in atmospheric modelling and demonstrated drive and ability to perform novel research of international standing.
The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Prof. Philip Stier - philip.stier@physics.ox.ac.uk

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 17 July 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Cosmological Simulations for HARMONI: The ELT First Light Spectrograph

Astrophysics

We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher working with the design and development of HARMONI – the first light visible and near-infrared spectrograph being built for the Extremely Large Telescope. Oxford Astrophysics is playing a leading role in the design and construction of this workhorse first-light instrument, with Professor Niranjan Thatte as Principal Investigator. We are looking for a motivated early-career researcher to lead the work on simulations of astronomical observations with HARMONI. The postholder is expected to focus their work on interfacing the products of cosmological large scale simulations with the HARMONI simulator (HSIM). The successful candidate will have or be about to receive a PhD in astronomy, physics, or engineering. They should have previously participated actively in developing astronomical simulations, either at the pre-doctoral or postdoctoral level. Strong experience in coding and one or more of (a) cosmological simulations of galaxies in the Universe at redshifts between 1 and 3, (b) analysis of integral field spectroscopic data, and (c) building an instrument simulator – is highly desirable. In addition, the candidate should have a demonstrated capacity for independent work and be capable of initiating research in a lively group.

The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

The post is for an initial period of 2 years, commencing 1 October 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and is extendable to 3 years subject to continued funding from the research councils. It is based in Oxford Astrophysics.

You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, curriculum vitae, and list of publications, and the names and addresses of three referees as part of your online application. In addition, candidates should arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent to: vanessa.ferraro-wood@physics.ox.ac.uk by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not referee letters.

For further enquiries contact Professor Niranjan Thatte at niranjan.thatte@physics.ox.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on 14 August 2017.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

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

Application Deadline: 14 August 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Associate Professorship of Cosmology

Astrophysics

The Department of Physics proposes to appoint an Associate Professor (equivalent to Lecturer) or Professor in Cosmology with effect from 1st October 2018 or as soon thereafter as possible. The successful candidate will also be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at St Peter's College, under arrangements described in the further particulars. The combined University and College salary will be according to experience on a scale from £45,562 per annum plus a housing allowance of £8,484 p.a. and access to a joint equity scheme. An allowance of £2,626 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title.

The Associate Professor will join a world leading research team studying the physics of the early universe, the growth and morphology of large scale structure and the nature of fundamental forces. This effort brings together theoretical and observational cosmologists who are working on a range of different topics, from simulating large scale structure, galaxy formation and astrophysical plasmas as well as developing new theoretical tools to understand dark matter, dark energy and the nature of cosmological gravity. There is a vigorous activity analysing current cosmological data sets and members of the department are playing a leading role in preparation for the next generation of cosmological surveys (specifically the Simons Observatory and Stage 4 CMB research, the LSST, Euclid and SKA project).

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in cosmology, or a related subject, and will have a proven record of high quality creative research in cosmology at an international level. They will be expected to develop a world-leading research programme, to provide excellent teaching at undergraduate and graduate level, and participate in the administration of St Peter's College and the Physics Department.

Further particulars, containing details of the application procedure and of the duties, may be obtained below or from Professor Pedro Ferreira at pedro.ferreira@physics.ox.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 273366.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon BST on 30 August 2017. Please quote departmental reference PMC/Cosmo/2017/1 on all correspondence. Applicants should ensure that their referees send letters by the same deadline.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held during November 2017.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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

Application Deadline: 30 August 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

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