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Postdoctoral Research Assistant x2 in Superconducting Quantum Circuits

Condensed Matter

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Superconducting Quantum Circuits. The posts are available for a fixed-term until 31/12/2019.

This project will be to work on the development of superconducting circuit architectures for quantum computing, funded by a recently formed spin-out company, Oxford Quantum Circuits Limited (OQC).

The successful candidates will carry out experiments on superconducting microwave circuits in state-of-the-art cryogenic laboratories, and analyse, write up for publication, and present their results at research conferences. Their work may also involve superconducting microwave circuit design and simulation, cleanroom device fabrication, setup and operation of cryogenic systems, microwave control electronics and software. The post-holders 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 either experimental quantum information or quantum device physics. Previous experience in the field of superconducting quantum circuits will be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellent teamwork and communication skills.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Dr Peter Leek - peter.leek@physics.ox.ac.uk

Only applications received before midday (UK time) Thursday 24th August 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.

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Application Deadline: 24 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.

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Application Deadline: 30 August 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Senior Programme Manager

Atomic and Laser Physics

An exciting opportunity is available to coordinate the development and successful delivery of a flagship research project led by the University of Oxford. The Networked Quantum Information Technology (NQIT) Hub will build on the world’s most advanced quantum technologies to develop practical technologies in entirely new sectors. It is funded by the recent award of £38m to a consortium of nine universities and is supported by a number of commercial and governmental partners.

As part of EPSRC’s £270m National Quantum Technologies Programme, the Hub has an international profile and corresponding responsibilities to achieve the highest levels of success. Effective liaison with consortium members, partners and stakeholders is crucial to the Hub’s mission and thus an important part of this role, as is the building of relationships with external partners. More information can be found at: nqit.ox.ac.uk.

The post is offered as a permanent position, and also includes line-management responsibilities and coordination of the work of a small team of project managers.

Applicants should possess a degree and experience of project and financial management in a complex organisation and with external stakeholders. Previous experience in a university research environment would be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to liaise effectively with wide range of people within and beyond the University, including academic staff, industrial collaborators, funding agencies and all grades of administrative and support staff.

Please direct informal inquiries about the role to Dr Michele Warren

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

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Application Deadline: 4 September 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network Fellowship

Condensed Matter

A fellowship position is available for a period of 3 years or until 31st October 2020, tenable at Oxford University, on a project entitled SEPOMO – Spins in Efficient Photovoltaic devices based on Organic Molecules. The successful candidate will be employed by the University on a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, and will fabricate OSCs using vacuum deposition and explore novel concepts to use triplet-triplet annihilation to improve the performance of OSCs. These devices will be extensively characterised to compare standard and spin-enhanced solar cells in our laboratories in Oxford and in collaboration with our project partners. Furthermore, novel materials developed as part of SEPOMO by our collaborators will be combined with state-of-the-art devices. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Candidates must possess a good degree in a relevant subject plus extensive experience with fabricating and characterising thin film electronic devices, and should have experience of solar cell device physics and characterisation and spin effects in organic semiconductors.

The EC funding for this position provides for a remuneration starting from £31,377 p.a. Actual salary will depend on employer deductions, personal circumstances and the exchange rate applicable to the fellowship. This amount includes an annual living allowance and a mobility allowance (to cover the expenses associated with working in a different country).

Under the terms of the EC funding, which aims to promote mobility within the research community, to be eligible for the post you must not have been resident in the UK for more than a total of 12 months in the past three years. Persons who have obtained a doctorate or had more than 4 years full time research experience are ineligible. The start date is subject to discussion.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Moritz Riede (moritz.riede@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday (UK time) 8th September 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.

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Application Deadline: 8 September 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Visible / Near-IR Astronomical Instrumentation

Astrophysics

Grade 8: £39,324 - £46,924 p.a. (with a discretionary range to £51,260 depending on qualifications and experience)

We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher to complement an active group in visible and near-infrared astronomical instrumentation. The postholder is expected to focus their work on the HARMONI project, providing guidance and oversight of the spectrograph work package. She/He will also be expected to become involved in other instrumentation projects in the Oxford Astrophysics sub-department. HARMONI is the visible and near-infrared integral field spectrograph that is one of two first-light instruments at the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT, http://www.eso.org/sci/facilities/eelt/). Oxford Astrophysics is playing a leading role in the design and construction of this first-light instrument, with Professor Niranjan Thatte as Principal Investigator.

The candidate should have previously participated actively in an instrumentation project at the postdoctoral level, ideally having managed a work package. Experience in one or more of design, fabrication, assembly, alignment & testing and implementation of visible/near-infrared instrumentation at large telescopes (4-m class and above) is desirable. Expertise in a particular area (e.g. optics, mechanics, cryogenics, electronics, detectors, software, performance verification, safety) is also highly desirable.

The appointment is for three years commencing 1 December 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter) with a probable extension till 2023 subject to continued funding and is based in Oxford Astrophysics.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area of astronomy, physics, or engineering and should have a demonstrated capacity for independent work. She/He would be active in independent scientific research, and be capable of initiating research in a lively group.

The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

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 20 September 2017.

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

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Application Deadline: 20 September 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher - Interfaces in Opto-electronic Thin Film Multilayer Devices

Condensed Matter

A fellowship position is available until 31 August 2019 tenable at Oxford University, on a project entitled “Interfaces in opto-electronic thin film multilayer devices”. The fellowship position will focus on the spectroscopy and development of hybrid metal halide perovskites for photovoltaic applications. Candidates will be employed by the University on a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, and will be expected to carry out research in the project areas, participate in training events, engage in collaborative exchanges, and undertake secondments to project partners. A PhD Studentship may be available, but in these circumstances different terms and conditions will apply.

Candidates must possess a good Masters degree in a relevant subject, excellent problem-solving, English-language skills and an aptitude for novel scientific research.

The EC funding provides a salary starting from £31,377 p.a. Actual salary will depend on employer deductions, personal circumstances and the exchange rate applicable to the fellowship. This amount includes an annual living allowance and a mobility allowance (to cover the expenses associated with working in a different country). Under the terms of the EC funding, which aims to promote mobility within the research community, to be eligible for the post you must not have been resident in the UK for more than a total of 12 months in the past 3 years. Persons who have obtained a doctorate or had more than 4 years full time research experience are ineligible. Start date is subject to discussion.

For enquiries contact: Professor L Herz.

You will be required to upload a CV, evidence of how eligibility criteria are met, academic transcripts and the names and contact details of three referees.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 25 September 2017 can be considered.

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Application Deadline: 25 September 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Climate Effects of Meat and Dairy Production

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in climate effects of meat and dairy production. The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 3 years.

This project will evaluate the climate impacts of various meat and dairy production strategies, as part of a comprehensive project on impacts of future human dietary choices on human health and on the environment. The successful candidate will develop databases of greenhouse gas emissions intensities of various meat and dairy production systems, and use them to analyse impacts on future climate.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physical or biological sciences or a related field and ideally a strong background in lifecycle analysis applied to greenhouse gas emissions of agricultural systems. Familiarity with basic physical aspects of the greenhouse effect and global warming is essential; ability to program in Python or Matlab will be an advantage.
Candidate will be expected to work independently and formulate and implement strategies needed to fulfill project goals. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

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 29 September 2017 can be considered.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

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Application Deadline: 29 September 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ion Trap Quantum Computing at the NQIT Hub

Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ion Trap Quantum Computing. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years, with the possibility of extension depending on funding.

Oxford is leading a multi-institution £38M EPSRC-funded “Hub” for Networked Quantum Information Technologies (www.nqit.ox.ac.uk). A central goal of this 5-year project is the development of a small prototype quantum information processor, consisting of trapped-ion qubits linked by photonic interconnects. The Oxford Ion Trap QC group has recently demonstrated the longest-lived single-qubit memory, the most precise single-shot qubit readout, and the highest-fidelity single- and two-qubit quantum logic gates, in any physical system, with all these elementary operations significantly surpassing recent estimates of the quantum computing “fault-tolerant threshold”.

We seek highly-motivated and technically-skilled individuals to join the team which is building the prototype device. As well as driving forward the development of this complex ion trap quantum network, duties will include preparing reports, presentations and scientific papers, and assisting with the supervision of graduate students.

Applicants should possess, or be close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in experimental quantum optics or atomic physics.
Previous experience in the field of ion or atom trapping will be highly desirable.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a good understanding of the relevant basic theory, skills in data analysis and numerical modelling, and a strong research track record.
The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.
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 2 October 2017 can be considered.

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Application Deadline: 2 October 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.

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Application Deadline: 1 December 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

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