Research Fellow in Quantum Gravity Sensing

University of Birmingham - School of Physics and Astronomy

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,799 to £38,832. With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Duration: Fixed-term until 31 March 2019, with possibility of extension

Job Summary

We are developing cold atom based gravity sensing systems as part of the UK National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology. A particular focus is the realisation of portable sensors to demonstrate their potential benefits in a range of application areas, such as the detection of sub-surface infrastructure or natural hazards. This requires the systems to operate at exceptional precision, while also being sufficiently compact and robust that they can be used in realistic environments.

Our work combines precision metrology with innovation, striving for fast-paced development in taking sensors from concept to operation outside the laboratory. This requires a diverse team with a range of skills across physics and engineering. We are seeking individuals who are driven by application focused research and a keen interest in the development of technology. Successful candidates would join an existing team and assist in further development of our existing and future portable gravity and gradiometry systems.

Key duties will include:

  • Assisting in the delivery of research relating to cold atom based gravity and gravity gradient sensing
  • Applying knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminating research findings for publication, research seminars etc

Person specification

The successful candidate would require:

  • A first degree in physics, engineering or related discipline
  • Demonstrated technical and scientific experience in research undertaken through academia or industry, as evidenced by a PhD in a relevant discipline or equivalent practical experience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a self-contained project, and to work effectively as part of a team of scientists or engineers
  • Excellent communication skills, including documentation
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Expertise in cold atom systems OR significant expertise in technical areas of relevance, such as underpinning hardware or systems engineering

And would desirably possess qualities such as:

  • Experience in cold atom interferometry, or similar techniques
  • Experience in precision sensing
  • Experience in technology translation and development

For more information please contact Prof Kai Bongs; k.bongs@bham.ac.uk

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