Research Associate

University of Leicester - Physics and Astronomy

(2 positions available)

College of Science and Engineering

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Fixed term contract for 2 years

Together our staff and students are discovering innovative ways to change the world for the better and there has never been a more exciting time for you to join us. We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and have an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are led by discovery and innovation, with the synergy between research and learning at the core of our activity.

In this exciting role you will undertake the design, construction, test and analysis for X-ray optic developments, principally for the SMILE and SVOM space missions. This work is part of activities within the Department and its Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester using X-ray beam line, clean room and other facilities and is supported by a small team of engineers and scientists. The successful candidates will work closely with Prof. Willingale and other members of the SMILE/SVOM optics group in the development programme of these instruments. The posts will be available for two years in the first instance with the expectation of continuation (subject to funding). There will be opportunities to participate in the wider X-ray optics research programme. We are looking for a self-starter who has a real passion for the subject.

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Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Paul Drumm on

The closing date for this post is midnight on 8 November 2017

We anticipate that interviews will take place during week commencing 27 November 2017

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