Research Associate/Fellow in Molecular Physics (fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Physical Chemistry

Location: University Park
Salary: £29,799 to £38,833 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

A postdoctoral position funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is available in the research group of Professor Katharine Reid at the University of Nottingham. The project, which is entitled “Photoelectron interferometry as a structural and dynamical probe”, will investigate the influence that molecular alignment induced by short laser pulses has on the anisotropy of photoelectron images that have been obtained following the ionization of small polyatomic molecules. As part of the project new means of analysing such images will be developed. The experiments will use a custom ultrafast laser system together with a velocity-map imaging spectrometer; a significant part of the project will also involve data analysis and interpretation. The project is part of a collaboration with Dr Russell Minns at the University of Southampton and Professor Henrik Stapelfeldt at Aarhus University and opportunities to undertake experiments in Aarhus and at advanced light source facilities (Artemis and FERMI) are expected. 

Candidates must have a PhD (or near completion) in molecular physics or physical chemistry and must have experience with high vacuum apparatus and with operating ultrafast laser systems. Experience with nanosecond pulsed lasers, velocity map imaging, inversion techniques and Matlab programming will be an advantage.

This position is based on a full time, fixed-term contract for a period of three years. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor K L Reid, tel: +44 115 951 3446 or Email: Further information on research in the group can be found at:

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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