Lectureships in Laser-plasma Interactions

Lancaster University - Physics

Interview Date: 18 June 2018

Fixed term post: 01/10/2018 – 30/09/2021

The Cockcroft Institute and the Physics Department at Lancaster University is seeking to appoint a lecturer (equivalent to assistant professors) in physics who will support the new programme of experimental research in ultrafast optics and novel methods of particle acceleration at Lancaster under the leadership of the recently appointed Professor Steve Jamison. The appointee will also play a leading role in this research at the Cockcroft Institute, along with colleagues from the other partners (the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Strathclyde, and STFC Daresbury Laboratory). We are interested in all types of novel acceleration including plasma wakefield acceleration (laser, electron or proton-driven) and direct laser or (laser generated) THz radiation driven acceleration in dielectric and/or photonic-bandgap structures.  Access routes to dedicated experimental facilities are available at Daresbury Laboratory (VELA/CLARA electron linacs & high power lasers), Strathclyde’s SCAPA labs (350/40 TW lasers), the Central Laser Facility at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and elsewhere.

The Lectureship in laser-plasma interactions will enhance and contribute to the department’s activities in the laser-plasma wakefield particle acceleration or laser-plasma radiation sources. We are looking for candidates with an outstanding research profile in experimental laser plasma physics and an interest in advancing the field of laser-plasma wakefield parrticle acceleration.

You will also carry out undergraduate & postgraduate teaching duties, including supervision of PhD students, in the Lancaster Physics Department and at the Cockcroft Institute. You should have a PhD in accelerator physics, particle physics, plasma physics, laser science, electrical engineering or a related discipline, with an outstanding research and publications record in novel methods of particle acceleration, and demonstrable leadership qualities.

The new group will have access to funds to support some postdocs and PhD students, and a well-equiped laser laboratory in the Physics Department at Lancaster University will be available for their exclusive use.

Informal enquiries about the Institute and the research programme may be made to the Director, Professor Peter Ratoff, peter.ratoff@cockcroft.ac.uk or to Professor Steve Jamison, steven.jamison@stfc.ac.uk . For information about the Lancaster Physics Department, please contact the Head of Department, Professor Roger Jones, roger.jones@lancaster.ac.uk .

More information about the post and details about how to apply will be found at https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/vacancies.aspx?. The deadline for applications is 18th  May 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit the University and the Cockcroft Institute in June, and the formal interviews have been scheduled for 18th June 2018. The University and the Institute desire to have the new appointees take up their posts at Lancaster by October 2018.

We are strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our Institute and Department.

Information about some of the local amenities at/near Lancaster University and surrounding areas can be found at

https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/display.aspx?id=1183&pid=0&tabId=230 .

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