Research Fellow, School of Mathematics and Physics

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£34,304 per annum
18 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
20 Oct 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 15/11/2021
Salary £34,304 per annum
Job category/type Research

The School of Mathematics & Physics  at Queen’s University, Belfast is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate, to the post of Research Fellow to carry out research work in ultra-high intensity laser-matter interactions.

This research will be carried out as part of the EPSRC funded project – “The new intensity frontier: exploring quantum electrodynamic plasmas” under the supervision of Professor Gianluca Sarri, with emphasis on studying high-field quantum electrodynamics and the generation of extreme secondary particle and photon sources.

The successful candidate will join an established group, with a vibrant network of national and international collaborators working towards the design, execution, and analysis of a series of high-profile experimental campaigns at world-leading laser facilities and particle accelerators, including the Central Laser Facility and the Stanford Linear Accelerator.

This is truly an exciting opportunity, where the successful candidate will be part of a world class innovative and mission-led team, with responsibilities in independent research, planning and collaboration.

The post is initially for 24 months with the possibility of extending it for a further 12 months.

The successful candidate must have and your CV/Cover letter should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Normally have or be about to obtain a PhD in plasma physics, laser physics, or closely related discipline.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience (relevant PhD research may be acceptable) to include :
    • Undertaking research in the area of high power laser matter interactions for the generation of high energy electron beams and secondary sources;
    • Experience with high-power laser systems and laser-plasma interactions.
    • A proven track record of using experimental models to carry out analyses, critical evaluations, and interpretations of experimental data as to the research project
    • Working effectively as part of a research team in the development and promotion of the research theme.  

*Please note the above are not an exhaustive list.* 

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all. However, our employment monitoring data tells us that individuals from the Protestant faith are currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications for this role from individuals who identify with these backgrounds and / or communities.

As you may be aware, Queen’s is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to ensuring our workplace is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place to work, which is why we subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena SWAN.

It is also why we have established award winning Staff Networks such as PRISM and iRise. These networks provide an opportunity for staff to meet in a friendly, informal way to support each other.

More details on all our networks can be found at: https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/

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