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Research Fellow - School of Mathematics and Physics

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£37,841 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Application closing date: 27/05/2024
Salary: £37,841 per annum
Job category/type: Research

About the job:

A Research Fellow is needed to work on a project to develop novel mass spectrometric monitoring tools, within the team MAIS; Mass Analysis In-Situ. The aim of the work is to develop new instruments to provide real-time mass analysis of gas sampled from plasma processes, or other processes. This role is within a small team working on the development led by Dr Tom Field in Physics at Queen's University Belfast (School of Maths and Physics, Centre for Light Matter Interactions).

About the person:

We are looking for a researcher with a PhD or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry or related area with experience in *some* of the following areas; Mass spectrometry, Electron beams/guns, Vacuum systems, Electronics, Computer programming, Data analysis/processing, Instrument building/CAD modelling, Development of vacuum apparatus / instruments, Molecular physics, Chemical physics, Physical Chemistry, Instrument development and/or Technology Transfer.

This will be a varied role and while we do not expect candidates to have experience in all these areas, we expect candidates to be willing to learn new skills and be prepared to try new ideas.

You will also bring to this role a positive attitude towards problem solving, data analysis and working in a team.

This research and development project has industrial application so you will need to interact effectively with our industrial collaborators. This interaction may include site visits, participation in trade shows and/or work at collaborator's facilities.

A healthy publication record would also be an asset.

To be successful at shortlisting stage, please ensure you clearly evidence in your application how you meet the essential and, where applicable, desirable criteria listed in the Candidate Information.

This post is available on a fixed term contract for 12 months. 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.

What we offer:

Beyond a competitive salary, the University offers an attractive benefits package including a holiday entitlement of up to 8.4 weeks a year, pension schemes and development opportunities. We support staff wellbeing with flexible working options, work-life balance initiatives and support for physical and mental health. You can find more detail on all of this and more at

Queen's University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena Swan and have established staff networks such as iRise (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit

Informal enquiries may be directed to Tom Field at

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