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List of current vacancies within the Department of Physics. For further informaton and how to apply, please click on the job title.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the ATLAS experiment

Particle Physics

The Sub-department of Particle Physics, University of Oxford is seeking a highly qualified postdoctoral research assistant to work on the ATLAS experiment.

ATLAS is one of two general purpose detectors and will start its second major phase of data taking towards the end of 2014. The experiment is designed to maximise the chances of elucidating current understanding of particle physics and of discovery of new physics including electroweak symmetry breaking, exotic new physics and supersymmetry. The Oxford Group has wide experience in a large variety of physics analyses and is investing in core JetETmiss software. The postholder will be expected to take a leading role in a physics analysis and will be based at CERN. Up to 50% of the postholders time will be used to play a major role in the organisation, development and deployment of the JET/ETmiss software.

The post is supported by STFC and is full-time. The contract will be fixed-term and available from 30 April 2014. It will initially be for 2 or 3 years depending on qualifications. The successful candidate will hold a Doctorate in Particle Physics. The post will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online.

Only applications received promptly by 12:00 noon UK time on 22 April 2014 can be considered. Please read the "Person Specification & Job Description" before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a CV, 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 (see below) by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters.Informal enquiries about this post may be made to T.Weidberg t [dot] weidberg [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk or C. Issever C [dot] Issever [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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

Application Deadline: 22 April 2014


 

Two Post-doctoral Research Assistants to work on the ATLAS experiment

Particle Physics

The Sub-department of Particle Physics at the University of Oxford is seeking two highly qualified post-doctoral research assistants to work on the ATLAS experiment. 

ATLAS will start its second major phase of data taking towards the end of 2014. The experiment is designed to maximise the chances of discovery of new physics including electroweak symmetry breaking, exotic new physics and supersymmetry. The Oxford Group has wide experience in a large variety of analyses, and has responsibility for the SCT (silicon strip tracker) detector control system (DCS), and the hardware alignment system (FSI). Both post-holders will be expected to take a leading role in a physics analysis and will be based at CERN, where up to 50% of their time will be used to play a major role in the operation, development and maintenance of the SCT DCS and FSI systems.

The posts are supported by STFC and are full time. The contracts will be fixed term and available from 30 April 2014. They will initially be for 2 or 3 years depending on qualifications. The successful candidates will hold a Doctorate in Particle Physics. The post will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Applications for these vacancies are to be made online.

Only applications received promptly by 12:00 noon UK time on 22 April 2014 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 s [dot] geddes1 [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters.

Informal enquiries about these posts may be made to R. Nickerson (r [dot] nickerson [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk), T.Weidberg t [dot] weidberg [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk or A.Barr (A [dot] Barr1 [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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

Application Deadline: 22 April 2014


 

PDRA in Photometric Redshifts for Euclid

Astrophysics

The Department of Physics invites applications for a 10 month postdoctoral position in photometric redshift work towards Euclid. The PDRA will work on developing Gaussian Processes as an alternative to traditional neural network techniques. The PDRA will then apply the knowledge of the requisite training sets in such work to define future dedicated observations to enable Euclid to reach the photometric redshift accuracy required.

Candidates will be expected to collaborate with faculty members Prof Matt Jarvis and Prof Lance Miller, and with the Engineering Science team led by Prof Steve Roberts. The appointment is for 10 months commencing in May 2014.

The successful candidate will have or be about to receive a PhD in a relevant area of astronomy or astrophysics and should have a demonstrated capacity for independent work and be capable of initiating research in a lively group. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach. Salary will be in the range 29,837 - 36,661 per annum. 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 a job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:

University jobs website

Only applications received by midday on Friday 25 April 2014 can be considered. 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 recruitment [at] astro [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not referee letters. For further enquiries contact Prof. Matt Jarvis (matt [dot] jarvis [at] astro [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk).

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

Application Deadline: 25 April 2014


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Physical Chemistry (Aerosol Science)

Grade 7: 29,837 36,661 pa
Fixed term for 12 months

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant within the Sub-department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP) to work in the Earth Observation Data Group on the analysis of laboratory measurements of aerosols.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 12 months and is available immediately.

The post concerns the estimation of aerosol refractive indices from existing laboratory measurements of transmission spectra and particle size distributions.

Aerosols to be analysed include black carbon, TiO2 and candidate particles for stratospheric geoengineering.

Much of the successful applicants work will involve data analysis and writing journal articles that: describe the results including their uncertainty; interpreting the refractive indices in terms of the physical and chemical properties of the aerosol; and, relating the results to aerosol radiative effects on the Earths atmosphere.

Applicants should possess or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics, physical chemistry or a related field and experience in data analysis.

It will be an advantage to have experience in atmospheric radiative transfer and/or Fourier transform spectroscopy.

Good writing and computational skills are essential with experience in UNIX/Linux, IDL and FORTRAN an advantage.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Dr Don Grainger
r [dot] grainger@physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk [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 28 April 2014 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: 28 April 2014


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in quantum information theory.

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

The post will develop theoretical approaches to quantum-enhanced sensing and information processing.The focus will be to work on the theory of estimating multiple parameters simultaneously and the study of quantum information processing protocols in both continuous and discrete variable domains.
The successful candidate will co-supervise graduate students, work with other PDRAs in the quantum information science group of Dr Animesh Datta, and collaborate with experimental groups in Oxford and elsewhere. The successful applicant will be responsible for defining, developing and executing research directed toward the attainment of quantum enhancements in communication and sensing in the real world using methods of quantum optics and quantum information theory, as well as be involved in key decisions on research directions and research responsibilities.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in quantum optics and quantum information theory. Candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the theory of quantum metrology and the mathematical techniques of quantum information theory.
The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Dr Animesh Datta.
(animesh [dot] datta [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk (animesh.datta @physics.ox.ac.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 midday 1st May 2014 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: 1 May 2014


 

Electronics Engineer

Central Physics

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Electronics Engineer/Applied Physicist

Grade 7: 29,837 36,661 pa
Fixed term for 2 years

Applications are invited for an Electronics Engineer or Applied Physicist to work in the Physics Central Electronics Group on the design and production of high-speed digital systems for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

For more information about the SKA project see (SKA)

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

Oxford University is the lead organization for the data acquisition, signal processing & correlation workpackages in the SKA Low-Frequency Aperture Array (LFAA), a phased-array radio telescope comprising 256,000 dual-polarization antennas.

The successful applicant will work alongside a senior engineer on the development and testing of the high-speed data acquisition, signal processing hardware and firmware systems of the LFAA, based on FPGAs.

The size of this project, both in terms of the size of the international collaboration and the final production volumes requires the successful applicant to work in close collaboration with engineers and physicists from other laboratories in the UK as well as abroad and in industry.

Candidates must be qualified to degree level or equivalent, with experience in firmware and high-speed digital design.

A proven background in analogue and digital techniques is essential, with specific expertise in FPGA systems design and firmware.

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 [at] astro [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Only applications received before midday (UK time) 12th May 2014 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.

For any external ads (incl Physics site):

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 (UK time) 12th May 2014 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 click here for further details.

Application Deadline: 12 May 2014


 

Lead Electronics Engineer

Central Physics

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

Lead Electronics Engineer/Applied Physicist
Grade 8: 37,756 - 45,053 p.a.
Fixed term for 2 years

Applications are invited for an experienced Electronics Engineer or Applied Physicist to work in our Central Electronics Group on the design and production of high-speed digital systems for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

For more information about the SKA project see (SKA)
The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

Oxford University is the lead organisation for the data acquisition, signal processing and correlation workpackages in the SKA Low-Frequency Aperture Array (LFAA), a phased-array radio telescope comprising 256,000 dual-polarisation antennas.

The successful applicant will be responsible for co ordinating the development and testing of the high-speed data acquisition as well as signal processing hardware and firmware systems of the LFAA, based on FPGAs.

The international nature of the SKA project means they will also 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 firmware, high-speed digital design and have the ability to take a large project through to completion.

A proven background in analogue and digital techniques is essential with specific expertise in FPGA design and Design for Manufacture.

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 [at] astro [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 midday (UK time) 12th May 2014 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 click here for further details.

Application Deadline: 12 May 2014


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Theoretical Physics

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Theoretical Astro and Plasma Physics

Grade 7: 29,837 36,661 pa
Fixed term for minimum of 18 months

Applications are invited for STFC and ERC funded postdoctoral position.

The position is available from 01 July 2014 although later commencement will be negotiable.

The post will be for a minimum fixed term of 18 months. This is a career development post funded by a research grant, with possible extension to grant end date 31 March 2018.

The postholder will be based in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics.

They will be expected to carry out the research program specified by the joint STFC and ERC grant Exploitation of surveys of our Galaxy: developing dynamical models of our Galaxy, predicting from them the results of surveys of our Galaxy, and drawing inferences about the structure and history of the Galaxy by comparing predictions with data.

Initially the data employed will come from ground-based surveys, but a major goal is to prepare for data arriving from ESAs Cornerstone Mission Gaia, launched in December 2013.

Interested candidates should possess (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in physics, mathematics or a related field, experience of scientific computing and an interest in Bayesian inference, and have produced high-quality scientific research.

They should demonstrate the capacity for independent work.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct informal enquiries about the role to Professor Binney
j [dot] binney1 [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Only applications received before midday (UK time) 12 May 2014 can be considered.

You will be required to upload a CV and list of publications, statement of research interests, and details of three referees who should be asked to email letters of recommendation by the closing date to
tpr [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

For any external ads (incl Physics site):

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 (UK time) 12 May 2014 can be considered.

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

Application Deadline: 12 May 2014


 

Postdoctoral Fellow in Radio Transients

Astrophysics

We invite applications for a PDRA in radio astronomy, with a specific focus on radio variables & transients. You will work jointly with Prof Rob Fender at Oxford & Prof Patrick Woudt at Cape Town on developing real-time commensal transient search modes for phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), using the MeerKAT telescope as a test bed. You will join Prof Fender's ERC-funded 4 PI SKY project team, placing you at the heart of Radio Transients programmes with LOFAR, MeerKAT, and planning for the SKA. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will work approx 50% on technical development & testing of commensal modes, and approx 50% on science exploitation.

The appointment is for approximately 18 months, commencing as soon as possible and with an end date of 30 June 2016, based in Oxford Astrophysics. You will have/be about to receive a PhD/DPhil in a relevant area of astronomy or astrophysics and a demonstrated capacity for independent work and be capable of initiating research in a lively group. You will have the opportunity to teach. Salary will be within the range 29,837-36,661 depending on qualifications & experience. A benefits package and a research budget for travel & other expenses will be provided.

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

University jobs website

Only applications received by midday on Friday 16 May 2014 can be considered. You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV, & list of publications, and details of three referees as part of your online application. Candidates should also arrange for their reference letters to be sent to recruitment [at] astro [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk by the closing date. For further enquiries contact Prof Fender, Rob [dot] Fender [at] astro [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk.

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

Application Deadline: 16 May 2014


 

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