Post Doctoral Research Associate

Durham University - Department of Physics

Full Time & Fixed Term (2 years)

Opening Date: 08 January 2018

Closing Date: 07 February 2018 (Midday)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in atomic, molecular and optical physics with a particular emphasis on the experimental investigation of two-species quantum degenerate gases and ultracold polar molecules. The research project is part of a five-year Programme Grant lead by Prof. Simon Cornish, awarded by the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and focused on the development of Quantum Science with Ultracold Molecules (QSUM). The research will build upon our recent success in creating ultracold RbCs molecules in the rovibrational ground state and, in collaboration with leading theorists, will seek to develop a deeper understanding of molecular collisions, dipolar interactions and many-body physics in optical lattices. Ultimately, the research contributes to our on-going efforts to realise a quantum simulator using ultracold polar molecules.

The successful applicant will work directly with Prof. Simon Cornish and other members of the research group and will be expected to display the initiative and creativity, together with the appropriate skills and knowledge, required to lead the experimental research on the existing RbCs apparatus, whilst contributing to the development of new experiments within the research programme. The successful applicant will be expected to have a broad range of knowledge and skills appropriate to the project goals, specifically including: familiarity with the operation of magneto-optical traps, experience of the production of ultracold and quantum degenerate atomic gases and practical knowledge of optical trapping techniques. The successful applicant will be expected to work effectively both independently and as part of a research team. It is expected that the successful applicant will enhance the international contacts of the group through the presentation of work at international conferences and will aid in the supervision of graduate students within the group.

This post is fixed term for 24 months from 1 April 2018 and is linked to an EPSRC Programme Grant exploring “Quantum Science with Ultracold Molecules” which will end on 31 May 2022.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project, which will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by 1 April 2018.

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