Research Fellow – Space Optical Clock

University of Birmingham - School of Physics and Astronomy

Duration: Fixed-term contract for 1 year

We are leading the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology – a ground-breaking £80m collaborative project in partnership with the Universities of Glasgow, Nottingham, Southampton, Strathclyde and Sussex and in collaboration with over 70 industry partners and NPL. We are changing the way you see the brain, medical imaging, underground hazards, communicate, and even outer space beyond the capabilities of current sensor technology, boosting demand for this world-leading technology.

Additionally we are also part of the European Effort for a Space Optical Clock programme. A mobile Sr optical lattice clock setup is currently being characterised at the German Metrology Institute (PTB).  We are looking for a highly motivated cold atom /cavity expert to drive this development.

The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD or equivalent level of experience in Physics. It is essential that the candidate has a strong practical background in cold atoms and precision measurements, in particular in the field of precision timekeeping.

Main duties will include:

  • Developing research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contributing to writing bids for research funding
  • Analysing and interpreting data
  • 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 or engineering.
  • Demonstrated technical and scientific experience in either the research or industry environment, as evidenced by a PhD in a relevant discipline or an equivalent amount of 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 development of documentation.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • A strong background in the development, design and testing of optical lattice clocks based on cold atoms.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Yeshpal Singh;

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 58676 in all enquiries.

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