Research Fellow in Laser, Plasma Physics - Nano-Rad

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 to £39,152 per annum.
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 16 March 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 16/03/2020  
Salary £33,797 to £39,152 per annum.  
Job category/type Research

Job description

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position in the Centre of Plasma Physics at the Queen's University Belfast for a minimum of 9 months in the first instance. An extension will be contingent upon funding and performance. 

The Centre of Plasma Physics is one of the largest plasma physics groups in the UK, currently comprising 12 academics, 12 PDRAs, 26 post-doctoral students and hosts the high-power laser system TARANIS, one of the largest laser systems at University level. We mostly investigate the physics of plasmas created by high-intensity laser irradiation of matter or by electrical discharges, with internationally leading activities in fundamental science as well as in applied research. Our work is supported by significant funding from the UK Research Councils, as well as from other national and international sources. We host state-of-the-art research facilities, but we are also frequent users of major national and international large-scale installations. 

The present position is intended to contribute towars the achievement of the main goals set out by our EPSRC-funded platform grant: "NanoRad - Ultrafast, nano-scale material response to radiation and applications of ultrafast radiation sources" and, in particular, to contribute towards the world-leading research carried out in the area of laser-driven electron acceleration and applications. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Gianluca Sarri and will join a vibrant research group actively involved in a broad range of national and international activities, including EuPRAXIA, LUXE, and ALEGRO. The successful candidate will take a leading role in designing, carrying out, and analsying experiments at world-class high-power laser facilities, such as the Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Queen's University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

The School has a commitment of becoming an academic home to researchers with a highly diverse cultural and professional background. It takes pride in its equal opportunity provision and in its work towards gender equality. This is demonstrated by the fact that Mathematics at Queen's was the first in the discipline to be granted a silver Athena SWAN award. We very much look forward to continuing to expand our reputation of an internationally leading academic discipline in a dynamic and vibrant research environment.  We are ranked 1st in the UK for knowledge transfer partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

The successful candidate must have: 

  • Have or be about to obtain PhD in physics or related subjects.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience, including:
  1. Experience in experimental research in the field of laser-plasma interactions. 
  2. Experience in laser-driven electron acceleration and applications. 
  3. Experience with high-power laser facilities, such as the Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. 
  4. Publication record commensurate with stage of career.

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