Post Doctoral Research Associate in Chemistry

Durham, England
06 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Department Of Chemistry

Position Type:


Grade 7 (£32,548)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemical Physics with a particular emphasis on dissociative electron attachment (DEA) and photoelectron spectroscopy. The research project is EPSRC funded and aims to probe the mechanism of DEA in real-time by using time-resolved photoelectron imaging. Specifically, electron attachment resonances will be populated by photoexcitation from the corresponding anion and subsequently probed in a pump-probe fashion. To achieve the necessary time-resolution, a new hollow-core fibre compressor will be incorporated providing sub-20 fs temporal resolution.

Within the project you will:

  • Work on a research project which will require you to convey material of a specialist or highly technical nature to the team or group of people through presentations and discussions that leads to the presentation of research papers in conferences and publications
  • Receive in-depth training in the scientific aspects of your work as well as key transferable skills.
  • Have the opportunity to publish results in internationally leading journals and to present your work at national and international conferences.

This post is fixed term for 36 months. Funding is available from 01/05/18 for this fixed period only; the project is time limited and will end on 30/04/21.

The successful applicant will be responsible for developing a hollow-core fibre compressor and characterise the femtosecond pulses. He/she will then be expected to use this to probe the dynamics of a range of molecular anions whose resonances lead to anionic fragments and interpret and analyse the results and to prepare these for publication and dissemination. You will work in the Department of Chemistry in Durham under the supervision of Prof. Jan Verlet.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project which will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by 1st May 2018.

Closes midday on: 03-Apr-2018