Research Associate

Imperial College London - Quantum Optics and Laser Science Group, Department of Physics

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,238 – £34,040 per annum.

Campus: South Kensington Campus

Fixed term: 24 months in the first instance, with the possibility of an extension of up to 24 months.  From 1 June 2018

We are seeking an experimental Research Associate to work on the attosecond x-ray spectroscopy of ultrafast dynamics in the condensed phase. 

We seek a researcher with a strong background in experimental ultrafast science and a willingness to provide the key lead in the laboratory to a small team of research students. The research will focus on developing the measurement of electron dynamics in photochemical and photophysical processes in the condensed phase with a temporal resolution approaching the sub-femtosecond limit using time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy. We plan to develop, and use, both X-ray absorption spectroscopy with high harmonic sources and non-linear X-ray spectroscopy with X-ray free electron lasers. This is a challenging multidisciplinary project involving physicists and chemists using the most advanced tools of ultrafast science to tackle basic scientific problems of relevance to solar energy and renewable chemistry.

Essential Criteria:

  • The successful candidate should have a PhD or an equivalent level of professional qualification in an appropriate field of experimental physical science.
  • A strong record of work on ultrafast science is essential and experience of either HHG based or X-ray laser based measurements is strongly preferred.
  • Proven ability for building scientific apparatus including, for example, appropriate vacuum systems, is essential.
  • Expertise is desirable in some of the following: X-ray spectroscopy, numerical modelling, advanced data analysis, optoelectronic materials and HHG sources.
  • A flexible attitude is required to learning new skills as the research demands.
  • The ability to work as part of a small team is essential. 

More information about the Department of Physics, and the staff benefits that we offer can be found on our webpages.

The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

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Thank you for your interest in this post. We look forward to receiving your application.

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