Post doctoral Research Associate in Laser TrappingAaerosol Particles

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
£35,931 to £37,979 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
15 Jul 2021
End of advertisement period
23 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Earth Science

Location:  Other
Salary:  £35,931 to £37,979 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance  
Full Time, Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Monday 23 August 2021
Interview Date:  Tuesday 31 August 2021
Reference:  0621-219

Full-Time, Fixed-Term (20 months) 

Salary in range of £33,797 - £35,845 per annum pro rata. London Allowance of £2,134 will be payable in addition to salary.

Applications are invited for the post of Post doctoral research associate in Laser trapping aerosol particles in the Earth Sciences Department to be based at the UKRI-STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory.

The post is due to the recent  NERC grant “Quantifying the light scattering and atmospheric oxidation rate of real organic films on atmospheric aerosol”. You will be responsible for planning, conducting and performing experiments in the determining the optical properties of atmospheric aerosol extracted from the atmosphere, their subsequent oxidation,  data   analysis, and writing up. 

You will have experience and skills in the laser experiments, aerosol science or light scattering experiments. You will also have the ability to code/script in a language such as labview, python, C, Fortran, or similar. You should also be a strong communicator with excellent written and oral communication skills to write up high quality peer-reviewed publications.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

The post is based at the Central Laser Facility, Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, but you will be employed by Royal Holloway University of London where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

This is a fixed term post for 20 months.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Martin King on

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Royal Holloway recognises the importance of helping its employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements.   We are happy to consider a request for flexible working for this post including part time, job share or compressed working hours.

Please quote the reference: 0621-219
Closing Date:   Midnight, Monday 23 August 2021 
Interview Date: Interviews will take place on Tuesday 31 August 2021. 

We particularly welcome female applicants as they are under-represented at this level in the Department of Earth Sciences within Royal Holloway, University of London.