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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 in Atmospheric Dynamics

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

The Department of Physics, University of Oxford, is seeking a post-doctoral researcher on the DOCILE project (Drivers Of Change In mid-Latitude weather Events), funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council.

This is a 24 month fixed term post (with the possibility of a 12 month extension, dependant on funds).

The researcher will work primarily with Myles Allen and Tim Woollings in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP), and be based in the Atmospheric Dynamics group in AOPP, but will also work closely with co-investigators at Oxford University (Tim Palmer, Friederike Otto, David Wallom), Bristol University (Dann Mitchell) and Reading University (Ted Shepherd).
The project will employ the very large ensembles (>1000 members) of simulations made possible by the climateprediction.net distributed computing project, applied for the first time to a high-resolution version of the UK Met Office Hadley Centre atmospheric model, to investigate the dynamics of extreme heatwave and precipitation events in Northern mid-latitudes. The researcher will study the link between mid-latitude flow regimes and surface meteorology, aiming to use this information to provide more reliable assessments of how human induced climate change may be altering the probability of specific climate-related weather events. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

This post will require a PhD (or be close to obtaining) in a relevant quantitative discipline and a good understanding of atmospheric dynamics and meteorology. Experience of working with general circulation models and extreme value statistics are desirable but not essential. A willingness to engage with the broader event attribution community and explore the policy implications of this research is essential.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Myles Allen
(myles [dot] allen [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)
Tim Wollings (tim [dot] woollings [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk) or Dan Mitchell (daniel [dot] mitchell [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

Only applications received before midday (UK time) Friday 24th February 2017 can be considered. You will be required to upload a 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.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system.

Application Deadline: 24 February 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Single Molecule Transcription

Condensed Matter

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant for 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 (Hohlbein et al, Nature Comm, 2013; Stracy et al, PNAS 2015; Duchi et al, Mol Cell 2016).

The project is funded by BBSRC and focuses on in vivo gene expression and transcription mechanisms. You will perform in vivo single-molecule imaging and super-resolution microscopy of RNA polymerase and transcription proteins to capture the real-time transcription kinetics and the spatial organisation of transcription in living bacteria. You will manage academic and administrative activities, develop ideas for generating research income, collaborate on reports and journal articles, and have the opportunity to teach.

The ideal candidate should possess (or be close to obtaining) a doctorate in Physics, Biophysics, Biophysical Chemistry or a related field, and experience in single-molecule fluorescence, particle tracking, localization microscopy and quantitative cell imaging. Experience in developing single-molecule fluorescence instrumentation and in microfluidics is essential. Experience in MATLAB programming, instrument control, image analysis, and time-series analysis is essential. Experience in bacterial imaging, molecular biology, fluorescent labelling, protein-DNA interactions, and studies of genetic processes in cells is desirable, but not required. You should also have a strong publication record, excellent communication skills and able to work effectively within an interdisciplinary group.

Please direct enquiries to Prof Achilles Kapanidis
Kapanidis [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Only applications received before midday (UK time) 02 March 2017 can be considered. You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV, copies of two representative publications and details of three 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: 2 March 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Single Molecule Fluorescence Microscopy

Condensed Matter

A postdoctoral research assistant post is available for a fixed-term duration until 31st March 2019 starting as soon as possible, funded by BBSRC grant “Single-molecule fluorescence microscopy of intracellular protein dynamics in live bacteria without fluorescent proteins”. The post is a collaboration between the labs of Richard Berry (Oxford Physics) and Judith Armitage (Oxford Biochemistry), and is suitable for a postdoctoral candidate with doctoral and/or postdoctoral experience in fluorescence microscopy, molecular biology, bacterial motility and chemotaxis or single-molecule biology.

This aim of the project is to develop and exploit the method of single-molecule tracking of proteins labelled with organic dyes and introduced by electroporation. Systems to be studied include but are not limited to intracellular diffusion, bacterial motility and chemotaxis.

The candidate will work with both groups to develop and utilize methods, including some or all of the following: single-molecule fluorescence microscopy, image and data analysis, molecular biology, protein purification and labelling, cellular microbiology bacterial motility and chemotaxis. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining, a doctorate in physics or a related field, and have previous experience at doctoral or postdoctoral level with one or more of these methods, and will be expected to design and execute experiments, and to take a leading role in presentation and publication of the results.

For further details please contact Richard Berry
(richard [dot] berry [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk) or Judith Armitage (judith [dot] armitage [at] bioch [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

Only applications received before midday Friday 3rd March 2017 2016 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.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system.

Application Deadline: 3 March 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Confinement Fusion

Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Inertial Confinement Fusion. The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 36 months.

This project involves work on the development of new designs of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) implosions. The main tasks will be to be responsible for developing new designs of ICF implosions, in particular designs that can be described well using 1D modelling, with the aim of achieving a robust implosion to produce of order 100kJ of output energy on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the USA, and to be responsible for liaison with the NIF team with the aim of fielding such ICF designs on the NIF laser.

The work will also involve close collaboration with the group of Professor Chittenden at Imperial College London 3D modelling of the stagnation phase of ICF implosions is being developed. It will also involve close collaboration with the design community at AWE Aldermaston where the designs can be assessed using their tools and with the group of Dr Chris Ridgers at York University where work on ICF implosions is also taking place through a PhD studentship. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field, ideally with a strong background in theoretical and computational plasma physics whether in a laboratory or astrophysical setting.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Steven Rose
(steven [dot] rose [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

Only applications received before midday (UK time) Monday 6th March 2017 can be considered. You will be required to upload a 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.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system.

Application Deadline: 6 March 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Research Computing Associate

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

We are looking for a full-time senior research computing associate in the Predictability of Weather and Climate group within the sub-Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP).

This post is available as soon as possible until 31 July 2019. There may be possibilities to extend beyond this.

The position is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) through an Advanced Investigator award to Professor Tim Palmer, to advance the science leading to the development of a prototype probabilistic Earth System Model. The work will build on developments in stochastic parametrisation and inexact computing using the ECMWF IFS weather forecast model and the EC-Earth climate model.

The successful applicant is expected to work closely with Professor Palmer and his team providing technical support where needed. Other duties will include supporting group members in running model versions, developing and running code on various platforms and developing/maintaining group computing facilities.

Applicants should have a postgraduate degree in meteorology, computing science or a related field and a strong numerical modelling background.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Tim Palmer
(Tim [dot] Palmer [at] Physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk)

Only applications received before midday (UK time) Tuesday 14th March 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: 14 March 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Associate Professorship of Quantum Information (x2)

Atomic and Laser Physics

The Department of Physics proposes to appoint two Associate Professors (equivalent to Lecturer) or Professors in Quantum Information with effect from 1st October 2017 or as soon thereafter as possible.

One successful candidate will also be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at Keble College, and one successful candidate will also be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at Worcester 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 additional benefits. For Keble College: housing allowance of £8,970 p.a., access to a shared equity scheme, and a discount on the college nursery for children up to five years old, subject to availability. For Worcester College: a housing allowance of £8,342 p.a. or accommodation in college (if available). An allowance of £2,626 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title.

The Associate Professor(s) will join a vigorous scientific community centred around the NQIT quantum hub on Networked Quantum Information Technologies, a part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme. This interdisciplinary research programme spans several university departments and provides ample opportunity to engage with industry and commercialize quantum enhanced technologies. These posts have been created to seize those opportunities and lead the Second Quantum Revolution developing both quantum technologies and underlying quantum science. The post holders will be expected to work closely with colleagues across the Physics Department, and working in the NQIT quantum hub and the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

The successful candidate(s) will hold a doctorate in experimental quantum science or technology, or a related subject, and will have a proven record of high quality creative research in quantum technologies at an international level. They will be expected to develop a world-leading research programme, to teach at undergraduate and graduate level, and participate in the administration of Worcester College or of Keble College, as appropriate, and the Physics Department.

Further particulars, containing details of the application procedure and of the duties, may be obtained below or from Professor Dieter Jaksch

(dieter [dot] jaksch [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk ( dieter.jaksch @physics.ox.ac.uk)) or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 272099.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon GMT on 20 March 2017. Please quote departmental reference PMC/QI/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 June 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.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system.

Application Deadline: 20 March 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Vapour Deposition and Spectroscopy of Perovskite Heterostructures

Condensed Matter

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Assistant positions in the Department of Physics, University of Oxford to work on a project entitled Perovskite Heterostructures by Vapour Deposition. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration until 30th April 2020.

Over the course of the project, we will build on our early lead in the area of vapour deposited semiconducting perovskites, and recent developments in tuning the band gap of these materials, to develop highly efficient multi-junction perovskite solar cells via physical vapour deposition. We will utilise the recently funded EPSRC "National thin-film cluster facility for advanced functional materials" at Oxford to create advanced device architectures, and larger area cells with unprecedented control over layer thickness and large area uniformity and homogeneity. The device and materials development will be underpinned by advanced spectroscopy, analytical and modelling activities.

The two roles promise to be exciting and challenging, and we will rely on the successful applicants to significantly advance both the technology and our fundamental understanding of optoelectronic processes occurring in perovskite thin films and devices. The post-holder will carry out lab work with Class 4 lasers and will work with heavy metals. Other duties will include preparation of reports and journal articles, representing the group externally and contributing research ideas. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach.

The successful candidates will possess, or be close obtaining, a PhD in physics, materials science, chemistry or engineering and have excellent problem solving skills. They will have specific expertise in device physics, characterisation and/or advanced optical spectroscopy. In addition they will also have excellent verbal and written skills in English and have a good track record of high quality publications.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Prof Michael Johnston

Michael [dot] Johnston [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Only applications received before midday Thursday 20th April 2017 can be considered. You will be required to upload a 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.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system.

Application Deadline: 20 April 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

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