Research Fellow (Senior Laser Scientist) in SCAPA Centre

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
£39,992 - £49,149
04 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Aug 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: Physics
Staff Category: Research

Salary Range: £39,992 - £49,149
FTE: 1.0
Term: Initially Fixed Term for 36 months
Closing Date: 03 August 2018

Strathclyde is a leading international technological university focused on delivering excellent teaching and world-class research and known for forging strong collaborative links with industry, government, business and the third sector. Challenging conventional wisdom has been fundamental to the University’s ethos for over 200 years. Today our research activity continues to be of central importance in everything we do – informing our teaching and enabling us to translate outcomes for the benefit of business, industry and society as a whole. We are continually advancing the intensity, quality and international competitiveness of our research.

As part of the University’s strategic development, the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma Accelerators (SCAPA) has been established to focus the development and exploitation of potentially transformative, laser-driven accelerators and radiation sources. A state-of-the-art suite of laboratories has been constructed to facilitate experimental research in three shielded areas using up to seven radiation beamlines (five already funded), using a pair of high-power laser systems (5 Hz, 350 TW and 10 Hz, 40 TW). Further laboratory space houses a lower-power high-repetition rate laser system and a number of auxiliary rooms (chemical fume hoods, biological safety cabinets, imaging dark room, vacuum pump rooms, etc.) that provide support facilities for experimental work.

The radiation beamlines comprise a complementary suite of vacuum-based accelerators and target stations for experiments on high power laser-plasma interactions and the application of laser-driven radiation sources. Each of the beamlines will have a unique configuration, to focus on a specific category of laser-plasma interactions and secondary sources. 

You will have a leading role in providing dedicated laser operations in SCAPA. The post is available from August 2018, and you will work as part of a team of researchers and technicians developing new laser-plasma experiment capability using the 350 TW and 40 TW lasers at SCAPA. The work will be varied in nature, but will always have a requirement for timely and professional completion and will involve engineering innovative practical solutions to facilitate the development, commissioning and use of SCAPA equipment for scientific research and applications. Opportunities exist to engage in cutting-edge research projects utilising the laser-driven radiation beamlines. The position is initially for a fixed-term period of 36 months, and the continuation of the appointment will depend on the success of SCAPA. 

To be considered for this role, you will hold a PhD level qualification in laser physics or related field (or, exceptionally, equivalent professional experience) in an appropriate discipline and have significant experience in constructing and/or operating femtosecond laser systems or high power laser systems. You will have excellent technical skills, verbal and written communication skills and an ability to interact effectively with colleagues and potential internal and external users of the equipment. You will work in a dynamic environment, with changing priorities and user groups, and so effective teamwork is essential. Being able to organise, plan, document and work both independently and as part of a team are vital skills.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Mark Wiggins, SCAPA Manager, at or on +44 141 548 5785.

Interviews for this post will be held on 14 August 2018.