Research Fellow in/on Atomic and Molecular Physics

University College London

Closing date: 13 August 2020

There is an immediate opening for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Professor David Cassidy on the production and spectroscopic investigation of positronium ions and molecules. The post will involve two main areas of research (1) the development of new positronium molecule and ion production methods (including the development of a positron microbeam) and, (2) the development of a transform limited pulsed laser system. The ultimate goal of this work is to study excited states and resonances in Ps ions and molecules using spectroscopic methods. The Research Fellow will be expected to contribute to all aspects of the experiment, and will take a leading role in planning and executing research strategies. There will also be opportunities to contribute to other experimental activities in the group, including precision positronium spectroscopy and interferometry measurements.   

This project is funded by the EPSRC and the position is offered for 1 year in the first instance, but may be extended subject to funding and performance considerations.
Key Requirements
The successful applicant will have a PhD, in experimental atomic physics or a related subject. Hands-on experience with pulsed lasers and optical systems is essential. It is desirable that the candidate will have experience with ultra high vacuum systems, basic electronics, and programming using Python. Prior experience with positron beams is not required. 

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,479-£33,194 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

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