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Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on FCC Energy Deposition Studies

Particle Physics

The John Adams Institute is seeking a postdoctoral research assistant to work on optics and energy deposition studies of the interaction region of the Future Circular Collider. The successful candidate will hold a Doctorate in accelerator science or related fields and will have a proven record of high quality research, knowledge of particle optics design methods and codes, knowledge of energy deposition codes, excellent ability in programing languages and MatLab or similar tools.

The funding for this post is provided by EuroCirCol EU project. The appointment is full-time, fixed-term (2 year) contract with possibility for extension to third year depending on availability of funding. The position will be based in Oxford and may involve teaching duties of up to 3 hours per week during the University term. Whilst the role is a Grade 7 position, we would be willing to consider candidates with potential but less experience who are seeking a development opportunity, for which an initial appointment would be at Grade 6 (?27,057 - ?32,277 p.a.) with the responsibilities adjusted accordingly. This would be discussed with applicants at interview/appointment where appropriate.

Informal enquiries about this post may be made to: andrei [dot] seryi [at] adams-institute [dot] ac [dot] uk.

Please read the "Person Specification and Job Description" before preparing your application. You will be required to upload your curriculum vitae 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 [dot] geddes [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk by the closing date. Applications will be acknowledged but not the reference letters.

Only applications received by 12.00 noon on 4 September 2015 can be considered.

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

Application Deadline: 4 September 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant to Work on FCC Optics Design

Particle Physics

The John Adams Institute is seeking a postdoctoral research assistant to work on the optics design of the interaction region of the Future Circular Collider. The successful candidate will hold a Doctorate in Accelerator Science or related fields and will have a proven record of high quality research, knowledge of advanced particle optics design methods and optics design codes, excellent ability in programing languages and MatLab or similar tools.

The funding for this post is provided by EuroCirCol EU project. The appointment is full-time, fixed-term (2 year) contract with possibility of extension to third year depending on availability of funding. The position will be based in Oxford and may involve teaching duties of up to 3 hours per week during the University term. Whilst the role is a Grade 7 position, we would be willing to consider candidates with potential but less experience who are seeking a development opportunity, for which an initial appointment would be at Grade 6 (?27,057- ?32,277 p.a.) with the responsibilities adjusted accordingly. This would be discussed with applicants at interview/appointment where appropriate.

Informal enquiries about this post may be made to: Andrei [dot] Seryi [at] adams-institute [dot] ac [dot] uk.

Please read the "Person Specification and Job Description" before preparing your application. You will be required to upload your curriculum vitae, 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 [dot] geddes [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk by the closing date. Applications will be acknowledged but not the reference letters.

Only applications received by 12.00 noon on 4 September 2015 can be considered.

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

Application Deadline: 4 September 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

Digital Systems Commissioning Engineer

Astrophysics

Applications are invited for an Engineer or applied Physicist to work in the Department of Physics at Oxford University on the commissioning of the high-speed digital signal processing system for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.
The post is available initially for a fixed-term of 2 years, with the possibility of extension, subject to funding availability.
The successful candidate will work on the systems integration and commissioning of the prototype digital systems for the SKA-Low telescope, which will be a large phased-array system comprising thousands of antennas. This will involve integrating custom DSP hardware with high-speed networks and servers.
The international nature of the SKA project means they will be required to work closely with engineers and physicists from other research laboratories in the UK and abroad.

Applicants should be qualified to degree level or equivalent with significant experience in software and control systems and have the ability to take a large project through to completion.
A good background in high-speed communication protocols, network architectures and high-performance computing is essential with specific expertise in C++/Python being highly desirable. Ability to play a proactive role in meetings is essential, as is a readiness to undertake some foreign travel.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Prof Michael Jones
Mike [dot] Jones [at] physics [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 Monday 21st September 2015 can be considered. You will be required to upload a CV, supporting statement which explains how you meet the selection criteria for the post 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: 21 September 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Astronomical Instrumentation for Extra-Solar Planet Characterisation

Astrophysics

Grade 7: 30,434 37,394 with a discretionary range to 40,847 p.a.
We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Astronomical Instrumentation for Extra-Solar Planet Characterisation. The Oxford Astrophysics instrumentation group has been involved in several large instrumentation projects over the last decade. We have led the design and development of some projects, and been partners in international consortia for others. We are looking for a motivated researcher who will widen the set of available skills by contributing to the design, assembly, integration, testing and exploitation of our astronomical instruments. They would add to the group?s expertise in one or more of the following areas: optics, mechanics, and software.

One project we are involved with is ELT-PCS, the Planetary Camera and Spectro-graph for the European Extremely Large Telescope, for which we investigate the use of both lenslet-array and image-slicer based integral field spectrographs. The successful candidate will set up a laboratory experiment to quantify the limitations on the contrast ratio that can be achieved with an image-slicer based integral field spectrograph.

The appointment is for a fixed-term of 2 years commencing as early as 1 December 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter and is based in Oxford Astrophysics. The successful candidate will have or be about to receive a PhD in a relevant area of astronomy, physics or engineering, 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. A benefits package and a research budget for travel and other expenses will be provided.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below.

Only applications received by 12.00 midday on 30 September 2015 can be considered.

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

Application Deadline: 30 September 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ocean Modelling

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ocean Modelling. This post is a UK contribution to the international "Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program" (OSNAP) and it is available for a fixed term of 32 months.

The post holder will use a state-of-the-art ocean model and its adjoint to probe the sensitivity of the circulation of the subpolar North Atlantic to surface forcing anomalies and to anomalies observed by OSNAP in the ocean interior. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with OSNAP partners at Oxford, in the UK and internationally.

The post holder will have the opportunity to teach.
Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining, a doctorate in a physical, mathematical or computational science. Strong numerical modelling skills and proven track record of original research is essential. Previous experience in Physical Oceanography or Climate Physics will be an advantage.

Please direct informal enquiries to David Marshall
david [dot] marshall [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
helen [dot] johnson [at] earth [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 30th September 2015 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: 30 September 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Climate Physics

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for a full-time position as Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Predictability of Weather and Climate group within the sub-Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP).
The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 36 months.
The post is funded through the Horizon 2020 European Commission project PRIMAVERA. The aim of the project is to "develop a new generation of advanced and well-evaluated high-resolution global climate models, capable of simulating and predicting regional climate with unprecedented fidelity".
The successful candidate will work on package "Frontiers of Climate Modelling", and will investigate the use of stochastic parameterisations to represent the variability of unresolved sub-grid scale processes. The candidate will be responsible for the diagnosis and analysis of integrations carried out within the PRIMAVERA project, including the development of original research and analysis strategies, and potential model developments.
Applicants should possess (or be close to obtaining) a doctorate in physics or mathematics and have a strong background in numerical modelling. Previous experience in the field of atmospheric physics will be an advantage.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Professor Tim Palmer
Tim [dot] palmer [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
or to Dr Hannah Christensen Hannah [dot] Christensen [at] physics [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 30th October 2015 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, a brief statement of research interests, a 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: 30 October 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

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