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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Atomic and Laser Physics.

The post is available until 30th August 2016, further extension may be possible.

The applicant will use the National Ignition Facility at LLNL, the Omega Laser in upstate New York, and the Orion laser at AWE, to generate solid-state matter at unexplored pressures comparable to those within giant planets.

Nanosecond-duration TPa pressure states will be generated by ramped compression, and will be interrogated using nanosecond X-ray diffraction.

The postholder will also work on target design and molecular dynamics simulations.

This is a challenging and interdisciplinary joint project with the University of Edinburgh.

It is suitable for a researcher interested in applying new techniques using the worlds most powerful lasers with X-ray diffraction and materials science, to understand matter at conditions that have previously never been interrogated on earth.

Applicants should possess, or be close to obtaining a PhD in physics, materials science, or related field and have a good understanding of X-ray and high pressure science.

Previous experience in high power lasers, laser-plasma interactions, synchrotrons, or multi-scale material modelling will be an advantage.
The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Prof Justin Wark

(J [dot] wark1 [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

Only applications received before midday 6th March 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.

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: 6 March 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

Researcher - Joint Oxford/JAI-STFC/RAL Position

Particle Physics

Researcher - Joint Oxford/JAI-STFC/RAL Position
Particle Physics, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford
Grade 8: 38,511 - 45,954 p.a.
The John Adams Institute and Rutherford Laboratory are seeking a highly qualified researcher to work on high intensity hadron beams.

This is a fixed-term position for 2 years jointly funded by STFC. The postholder will provide leadership in the area of intense hadron beams, coordinating such activities with RAL. The duties include responsibility for delivering accelerator science lectures to the JAI graduate students.

The candidate will be based in Oxford and will spend on average 50% of time at RAL, in the ASTeC Intense Beams Group. The successful candidate will have a strong background in maths and physics, a relevant PhD with post-qualification experience in areas related to intense hadron beams and a strong publication record. The candidate will have sufficient experience to develop research projects including knowledge of computational techniques and accelerator codes and a broad knowledge of the challenges of high power proton and ion accelerators; an ability to plan and manage a research project and raise research funds through grants; experience in developing and delivering lectures and demonstrations on accelerator science as well as willingness to travel and spend periods working abroad as necessary.

Informal enquiries about this post may be made to Professor Andrei Seryi.

Only applications received promptly by 12.00 noon on 9 March 2015 can be considered. Please read the "Person Specification and Job Description" before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a 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: s [dot] geddes1 [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters.

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

Application Deadline: 9 March 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Flexible Organic Solar Cells

Condensed Matter

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in flexible Organic Solar Cells.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration until 30/04/2017
The overall goal of the project is to enable the roll-to-roll manufacturing of wearable electronics.

The corresponding responsibilities of the post holder will be to integrate a spectroscopic ellipsometer and an optical reflection probe into vacuum deposition chambers for organic electronics, to characterise and model the thin film growth of advanced functional materials, and to produce reliable and efficient solar cells on flexible substrates.

The goal is to improve methods for effective in-situ monitoring of key film parameters, in particular film thickness to guarantee desired material properties at the manufacturing stage and to make solar cells that can be integrated into wearable electronics in collaboration with our partners.

You will have the unique possibility to work with state-of-the-art systems and industrially relevant samples in an exciting interdisciplinary environment.

Applicants should have or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science or Engineering and have a strong background in optical measurements, in particular ellipsometry, and simulations of thin films of organic semiconductors or other advanced functional materials.

Previous hands-on experience with vacuum thin film deposition systems will be of high advantage.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.
Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Moritz Riede

(moritz [dot] riede [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

Only applications received before midday Monday 16th March 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.

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 midday 16.

March 2015 can be considered.

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

Please click here for further details.

Application Deadline: 16 March 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Driven Many-Body Quantum Systems

Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Driven Many-Body Quantum Systems.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 3 years.

This project is a targeted research effort supported by the ERC, with the aim of developing theoretical approaches to deterministically control ordered states of strongly correlated electron materials, also referred to as quantum or complex materials.

The successful candidate will theoretically investigate coherent optical control of lattice dynamics with strong field THz transients for their ability to generate and stabilize superconductive phases of matter.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics, mathematics or a related field, and have a strong background and expertise in driven non-equilibrium dynamics of strongly correlated many-body quantum systems, superconductivity and/or transport phenomena, and possess a strong research track and publication record.

Previous experience in numerical work will be an advantage.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Prof Dieter Jaksch

(dieter [dot] jaksch [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

Only applications received before midday on Wednesday 18th March 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.

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 18/03/2015 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: 18 March 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Quantum Probes

Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Quantum Information Probes for Complex Systems.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

The main targeted breakthrough of the project is the development of a radically new approach to the measurement of complex quantum systems for quantum simulations and quantum-enhanced devices.

Our approach is based on the quantification and optimisation of the information which can be extracted by observing an immersed quantum probe as opposed to a classical one.

The post-holder will be tasked with theoretically characterising impurity atoms as quantum probes for degenerate quantum gases and will look at how, by using different types of probes one can extract properties of the many-body system.

Applicants should possess or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics, mathematics or a related field and have a strong background and expertise in the dynamics of quantum degenerate gases, open quantum systems, and possess a strong research track and publication record.

Previous experience in non-markovian open quantum systems will be an advantage.

Note: Any offer will be provisional pending the outcome of QuProCS contract negotiations expected to be completed by March 2015.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Prof Dieter Jaksch

(dieter [dot] jaksch [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

Only applications received before midday Wednesday 18th March 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.

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 Wednesday 18th March 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: 18 March 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

CCI Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in remote sensing aerosol and cloud properties of the Earths atmosphere.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 24 months.

This project will contribute to the Earth Observation Data Group role within ESAs Climate Change Initiative (CCI).

The goal of this work is to quantify cloud and aerosol amounts, processes, and properties globally and to understand how these are changing over time.

The successful candidate will be involved in working with a team of scientists at Oxford and RAL to deliver world-class data to the CCI in complement to curiosity-driven research on clouds and aerosols.

The successful applicants work will involve data analysis and writing journal articles.

Applicants should possess or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and have a good understanding of the physics of aerosol and cloud in the atmosphere and aerosol-cloud interactions.

A general understanding of atmospheric radiative transfer will be an advantage.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate computing skills, including knowledge of UNIX/Linux, IDL and/or Python, and Fortran 90.

The post-holder will be expected to represent the Earth Observation Data Group and present results at national and international meetings.

They will also have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Dr Don Grainger

r [dot] grainger [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Only applications received before midday Wednesday 25th March 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.

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 Wendensday 25th March 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: 25 March 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

NCEO Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in infrared remote sensing of the Earths atmosphere.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of two years.

This project will exploit data from the current IASI (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer) instruments on the MetOp satellites, and also data from recent and future instruments.

The principal task for the successful applicant will be to become familiar with the MORSE Fortran software that was developed for the MIPAS limb-viewing instrument and adapt it to work for nadir-viewing geometry, including the handling of effects such as surface topography and emissivity, and partial cloud-cover.

The post-holder will develop IASI retrievals of temperature and composition as part of Oxford's contribution towards NERCs National Centre for Earth Observation.

Applicants should possess or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and have a strong background in infrared remote sensing and inverse methods.

Previous research in the atmospheric sciences will be an advantage.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate computing skills, including the knowledge of UNIX/Linux.

The post-holder will be expected to represent the Earth Observation Data Group and present results at national and international meetings.

They will also have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Dr Anu Dudhia
dudhia [at] atm [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Only applications received before midday on Wednesday 25th March 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.

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 25/03/2015 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: 25 March 2015 by 12:00 midday


 

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