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Research Scientist, School of Physics

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
£36,256.18 - £45,751.85 per annum
Closing date
5 Jan 2024

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Applications are invited for a temporary full-time or part-time post of a Research Scientist within UCD School of Physics.

HEAVYMETAL is an ERC Synergy project run across four institutions. These are University College Dublin (UCD), The University of Copenhagen, Queen's University Belfast and GSI Darmstadt. The goal of the project is to understand the origins of heavy element formation in the Universe by researching neutron star mergers resulting in kilonovae.

The UCD HEAVYMETAL team is part of the Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics (AKA Spectroscopy) Group. The Group has a long history of experimental and theoretical research in laser plasma spectroscopy, going back 60 years, using laser plasmas as sources of a wide range of ions. The Group currently comprises of approximately 15 staff and postgraduate students, and has a well-equipped suite of laboratories.

The Spectroscopy Group's contribution to the goal involves creating laser produced plasmas containing ions that will reveal spectroscopic information contributing to the interpretation of spectra from neutron star merger events, so-called Kilonovae.

The successful candidate will work on an exciting project to generate experimental spectra. They will support graduate students and staff and collaborate with members of the Spectroscopy Group in UCD to generate and analyse experimental spectra and provide atomic structure data for use in simulations that will lead to an understanding of the Kilonova environment and the underlying neutron star merger physics. They will collaborate with experimental and theoretical atomic physicists in the HEAVYMETAL consortium and they will be expected to contribute to and to generate scientific publications.

The work will involve experimental design and operation, as well as interpretation of spectra. The Spectroscopy Group is equipped with high-power lasers, vacuum systems, and spectrometers covering the spectrum from the soft x-ray to the near infrared.

Salary Range: €42,000 - €53,000 per annum (pro-rata - if part-time)

Appointment on the above range will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 5th of January 2024.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website:


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