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Associate/Assistant - Precision Alignment (Fixed Term)

Mon, 06/12/2021 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance.

A position exists for Research Associate/Research Assistant in Precision Alignment

The optical instrumentation programme in the Cavendish Astrophysics group develops novel precision optical/infrared instrumentation for astronomical research, such as interferometers and cameras and precision gratings for spectrographs.

The role holder will complete the design, assembly and laboratory testing of the first phase of an automated alignment system for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI).

The successful candidate will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Physics, Astronomy or a related discipline with a proven track record in the design, assembly and laboratory testing of optical alignment systems for optical/infrared astronomical aperture synthesis interferometers, as demonstrated by publications in major journals or the proceedings of conferences sponsored by relevant professional bodies.

A solid understanding of assembly and laboratory testing of microlens-based alignment sensors, data analysis of low-light-level infrared camera images to provide high-accuracy alignment information, design of custom lens systems using Zemax or similar lens design software and interferometric testing of the coherence of light sources is needed.

The candidate will also have the ability to write reports, present results and contribute to academic papers.

The post holder will be located at the Department of Physics Cavendish Laboratory JJ Thomson Avenue Cambridge CB3 0HE, UK.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £27,116 to £31,406 Research Associate: £33,309 to £40,927

Appointment at Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded).

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and Statement of Research Interests (two pages maximum) in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date, Monday 20th December 2022.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Professor David Buscher (dfb@mrao.cam.ac.uk). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact mott.hub@phy.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference KA29333 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Research Associate/Assistant in experimental HEP (Fixed Term)

Wed, 01/12/2021 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.

The Department of Physics, the Cavendish Laboratory, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Assistant in Experimental High Energy.

The role holder will strengthen our international reputation in experimental particle physics on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, and will establish the experimental foundations of the recently proposed ANUBIS detector (https://www.hep.phy.cam.ac.uk/ANUBIS) that will extend the sensitivity of the ATLAS experiment to search for long-lived particles. The main focus of this work will be on the construction, commissioning, and operation of the proANUBIS prototype detector, followed by data taking of the in the ATLAS cavern during Run 3 and data analysis. Another important aspect is the optimisation of the detector geometry by comparing the proANUBIS measurements inside the ATLAS cavern with detailed simulations. The successful candidate will contribute to the performance studies of Resistive Plate Chamber (RPC) detectors considering timing and efficiency with eco-gas mixtures, and the quantification of ageing effects through irradiation. The role holder will contribute to the design of the final ANUBIS detector with a particular focus on of the data acquisition and readout system, and including other aspects like the LHC clock distribution, power, gas, and detector control systems.

The successful candidate will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in (astro-) particle physics or a related discipline with a proven track record to pursue scientific investigation from the conception stage through to publication, strong background in experimental (astro-) particle physics, programming fluency in C++ and python, and experience with electronics.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in data acquisition and readout systems, ideally for timing-critical applications; VMI systems; muon detection and RPC detector technology; gas and power distribution systems, as well as detector control systems; reconstruction algorithms: muons, tracking and MET; GEANT4; and data analysis as demonstrated by publications in major journals. The candidate will also have proven organisational, communication and team working skills.

The post holder will be located at the Department of Physics Cavendish Laboratory JJ Thomson Avenue Cambridge CB3 0HE, UK.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £27,116 to £31,406 Research Associate: £33,309 to £40,927.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

The names and contact details of two referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by Thursday 6th January 2022.

Any questions about this vacancy or the application process can be directed to rutherford.hr@phy.cam.ac.uk. Informal inquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr Oleg Brandt, obrandt@hep.phy.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference KA29278 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Research Associate in Galaxy Formation & Evolution x 2 (Fixed Term)

Mon, 29/11/2021 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Two positions are open, at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology and Department of Physics of the University of Cambridge, for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Galaxy Formation and Evolution.

The aim of the roles is to work in collaboration with the team led by Prof. Roberto Maiolino and of a new lecturer (who will be announced shortly) on the analysis and interpretation of observational data to investigate the physical processes driving galaxy evolution (including their interplay with black hole accretion) , also through comparison with cosmological simulations and theoretical models. In particular, it is expected that the successful applicants will contribute to the analysis and interpretation of data coming from observing facilities and surveys that the team has been actively exploiting, such as ALMA, ESO-VLT, SDSS4-MANGA, and also from forthcoming observing facilities in which the team is heavily involved, such as JWST and MOONS@VLT. More information about the research activities of the team can be found at https://www.kicc.cam.ac.uk and https://www.robertomaiolino.net .

The successful candidates will hold a PhD in Astronomy, or Astrophysics, or Physics, or a closely related discipline.

They should have a proven track record in research in the area of galaxy formation and evolution as demonstrated by publications in major journals and have the ability to pursue scientific investigation from the conception stage through to publication.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience and knowledge in software packages, python or other scripting programming languages, astronomical data analysis, interpretation and comparison with cosmological simulations and/or theoretical models.

The applicant will also need to demonstrate the ability to write reports, have a high level of accuracy and attention to detail and be able to manage their own workload.

The candidate should also have organisational, communication and team working skills.

The post holder will be located at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Cambridge, and at the Department of Physics Cavendish Laboratory JJ Thomson Avenue Cambridge CB3 0HE, UK.

Starting date: Flexible between April and October 2022.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and Statement of Research Interests (two pages maximum) in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date, Monday 10th January 2022.

The names and contact details of two referees are a necessary part of the submission. Referees will be contacted automatically following an application but applicants are strongly advised to prepare nominated referees for the need to provide references by Monday, 17th January 2022.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Professor Roberto Maiolino (r.maiolino@mrao.cam.ac.uk). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact rutherford.hr@phy.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference KA29237 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

NanoDTC Senior Teaching Associate (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Thu, 25/11/2021 - 00:00

The UKRI CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC) is a world leading Centre for Doctoral Training based at the University of Cambridge, across the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Materials, and Engineering. The centre has been running since 2009, and its current funding extends to 2028.

The Centre hosts an MRes+PhD programme for training the next generation of leaders in nanoscience in academia, industry and science-led startups. The centre has around 50 MRes+PhD students at any one time, and relies upon a network of more than 150 PIs and Teaching Associates for the delivery of a diverse programme in nanoscience which balances depth and breadth of knowledge and training. The Centre is widely considered as one of the leading graduate programmes in Nanoscience internationally, and as one of the most innovative CDTs in the country.

The role holder will provide high level of teaching and supervision on the MRes programme and take the lead on developing and implementing the Centre's Widening Participation Internships Programme. The role holder is also expected to lead the coordination and delivery of other programmes such as the Nano Ambassadors and NanoFutures Associates programmes.

You will have advanced skills and knowledge in working with nanoscience related areas and in being able to converse with a talented, high-calibre cadre of interdisciplinary PhD students across a diverse range of topics covered within the NanoDTC MRes+PhD programme, along with teaching experience in relevant topics at the graduate level. Experience of working with science communication, responsible innovation and technology policy in some capacity is particularly valuable. You will have a good understanding of contextual aspects of postgraduate widening participation in the UK, and have interest and enthusiasm to make a significant impact in this area. You will have excellent organisational and management skills, a high degree of familiarity with technological and organisational tools for effective management, and willingness to embrace new technologies as they evolve. You will have excellent communication skills, and will enjoy being part of a diverse and active community of students, academics and team members.

This position is for 0.5 FTE.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2028 in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For all enquiries relating to this position, please email Dr Karishma Jain kj259@cam.ac.uk

Any queries relating to your application, should be sent to hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA29127 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

PhD Studentships in Physics of Sustainability x 8 (Fixed Term)

Tue, 16/11/2021 - 00:00

Advances in fundamental physics have the potential to address the demands of a growing population, rising greenhouse gas emissions, and strained natural resources. The Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability will support outstanding people with the radical ideas that will bring practical solutions to these problems. The research will be primarily in the Department of Physics, however interdisciplinary activities with other University Departments is highly encouraged.

The Fund Managers of the Winton Programme invite applications for Scholarships from those starting PhD study in the area of Physics of Sustainability in October 2022. Awards will provide for all University and College fees due, maintenance at the current UK Research Council level (£15,609 per annum in 2021/22), and a contribution to research expenses. Awards may also be made to supplement part-support from other sources.

Applicants should complete an Expression of Interest form (https://www.winton.phy.cam.ac.uk/scholarships-2022) and send it to Dr Lata Sahonta, Programme Manager of the Winton Programme (sls55@cam.ac.uk) by 13 December 2021 to express an interest in applying for a Winton Scholarship. In addition, a two-page research proposal will need to be completed and submitted by 11 February 2022.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3.5 years in the first instance.

Applicants are required to also submit a standard application to the University via the Applicant Portal - see https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/

Further information on the Winton Programme and application process are available on the Winton website http://www.winton.phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA29029 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Research Associate/Assistant in solid-state quantum optics

Mon, 15/11/2021 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

A position exists for Research Associate/Research Assistant in solid-state quantum optics.

The aim of the role is to work on quantum optical control from single confined spins to an elementary network, where high-yield, high-fidelity entanglement is established through photonic interference. The research topics will include the realisation of efficient quantum relays and repeaters, and the generation of photonic cluster states.

The successful candidate will hold a good first degree and a PhD (or close to obtaining) in Physics or a closely related discipline. They will need to have a proven track record to be able to pursue scientific investigation from the conception stage through to publication and within solid-state quantum optics and quantum dot physics.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in coherent spin control, single-photon interference, intensity-correlation measurements and software-hardware interface as demonstrated by publications in major journals.

The candidate will also have a proven organisational, communication and team working skills.

The post holder will be located at the Department of Physics Cavendish Laboratory JJ Thomson Avenue Cambridge CB3 0HE, UK.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £27,116 to £31,406 Research Associate: £33,309 to £40,927.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Professor Mete Atature (ma424@cam.ac.uk). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact rutherford.hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA29013 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Research Laboratory Manager

Mon, 15/11/2021 - 00:00

We are currently recruiting for a Research Laboratory Manager at the Cavendish Laboratories, University of Cambridge. The role sits in the Technical Services Division giving support to the department's research and teaching activities, reporting to the Laboratory Superintendent. You will be responsible for overseeing the effective running and development of the research laboratory within our Maxwell building part of our leading scientific institution.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic professional with scientific management experience to develop the service output to the department and wider University community.

The Maxwell laboratories include a series of specialist labs ranging from , Lasers, X-Ray, Glovebox technologies and hosting a collection of collaborative industrial partners. The Maxwell technician team provide essential support to the research programme of the Laboratory. The work is extremely varied, requiring great creativity and ingenuity. The role is required to develop the capabilities of the staff including apprentice training and provide sound cost management of the laboratories finances and trading.

The Department will be moving to a new Ray Dolby Centre in 2023 and this role will play a key part in the support to the Cavendish Laboratory as part of the National facility.

The successful applicant will be educated to degree level 7 in a scientific discipline with very good communication, analytical and IT skills. A full working knowledge of appropriate laboratory standards and the related statutory H&S requirements. Significant experience in a scientific research environment is required, with some of this in responsible management roles including staff development and apprentice training. Management of P&L and Capital expenditure budgets. Project management experience, from initial concept to delivery in laboratory design and scientific equipment installations.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Any queries relating to this role should be sent to hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA28951 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

HR Co-ordinator

Tue, 09/11/2021 - 00:00

The Rutherford Hub, within the Department of Physics, is seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual to provide a comprehensive HR support delivering a pro-active and responsive service to academic and research staff, graduate students and visitors. This is an exciting and challenging time for the Department and we would like individuals with a positive attitude towards change and development to join our small and friendly team.

To perform this role effectively you will join us with experience of working administratively in an HR area and the ability to demonstrate both factual and theoretical knowledge of HR administration, including working with multiple processes and to tight regulations. You will have excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills to be able to manage good working relationships with a wide variety of people from all over the world and have the ability to communicate verbally and in writing to a high standard. As well as excellent organisational skills, you will have the ability to work under pressure and prioritise workloads to meet multiple deadlines. You will be educated to HND/ HNC level, level 4/ 5 vocational qualification or an equivalent level of practical experience.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, reliable, used to dealing with highly confidential information and able to work quickly, methodically and accurately demonstrating good attention to detail. Knowledge of using HR database systems is essential and experience of working in a science or higher education environment would be a distinct advantage albeit, an ability to work independently and to take initiative is more important.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please email hr@phy.cam.ac.uk with any queries relating to this role.

Please quote reference KA28768 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

3 x PhD Studentships in the Chemistry, Photophysics and Device Physics of Organic Semiconductors

Tue, 19/10/2021 - 00:00

Applications are invited for up to three PhD positions to work on a project to explore the electronic and optical properties of radical (spin ½)-based organic semiconductors, supported by the European Research Council.

The successful candidates will join the Department of Physics, working under the supervision of Prof. Sir Richard Friend, working closely with Dr Akshay Rao in the Department of Physics and Dr Hugo Bronstein in the Department of Chemistry. One of the leading academic groups in the field of organic and hybrid electronics, our research programme is built on a broad scientific approach aiming to understand the electronic properties of novel semiconductors, but also aiming to understand in-depth the physical processes that govern the performance of organic, nanocrystal and hybrid organic-nanocrystal electronic devices, such as light emitting diodes and photovoltaics.

We have recently reported efficient light-emitting diodes using radical (spin ¿)-based organic semiconductor for emission [2-4] These materials operate entirely within the spin-doublet manifold, avoiding non-emissive spin configurations based on spin-triplets that compromise the operation of conventional organic LEDs and solar cells [4]. This opens a new domain for the operation and design of organic semiconductors materials and devices, one that is radically different from what has been possible till now. This project will explore and develop the fundamental electronic and optical properties of this new class of radical-based organic semiconductor materials (ROSCs) and harness them to develop new possibilities for optoelectronic and spintronic devices.

We are looking for highly motivated, bright and enthusiastic PhD candidates to work on projects to:

  • Design and synthesise new spin radical semiconductors;
  • Develop ultrafast femtosecond optical spectroscopic techniques to explore the nature of electronic excited states in these materials;
  • Develop new semiconductor devices for solar cells, LEDs and spintronic devices.

A strong undergraduate or Masters degree track record in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Engineering is required.

The positions are available to start no later than October 2022. Candidates starting no later than 1 April, the award would be for 3.5 years. For an October 2022 start, the limit would be 3 years.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Please address initial inquires via email to Professor Richard Friend at rhf10@cam.ac.uk.

Please include a curriculum vitae while doing so.

Please quote reference KA28585 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

PhD Studentship in Physics - AWE / EPSRC iCASE (Fixed Term)

Fri, 01/10/2021 - 00:00

EPSRC iCASE Studentship-Energetic Reaction Thresholds

Fixed-term: Funding for this post is available for 3.5 years in the first instance. This studentship could begin on any of the available 2022 start dates (Lent, Easter or Michaelmas). The award covers tuition fees (for UK students) and provides a tax-free stipend. Applications are invited for a joint AWE/EPSRC iCASE funded PhD project in the area of understanding energetic materials hazard behaviour.

AWE undertake a range of small-scale safety tests on energetic materials. Data and results generated from tests are used in wide ranging applications, including material down selection, characterisation, qualification, evidence for safety cases and assessments, provision of parameters for model calibration and validation. Underlying physics of the current tests are poorly understood. Due to concerns about read-across with legacy data, tests have not kept pace with developments in diagnostic capabilities. When new results do not correspond to historic trends or expectation, existing testing capabilities are not particularly well suited to investigate causes of discrepancies. Preliminary investigations conducted at the University of Cambridge have demonstrated impact experiments instrumented to measure force-histories, direct measurement of (mechanical) energy absorbed leading up to reaction, various spectroscopies to interrogate chemical reactions that occur and their local environment. Using diagnostics for mechanical-power (intensity of insult) versus time-to-reaction is a route to understanding reaction-thresholds, making contact with modelling and simulation. The PhD's goal is measuring fundamental properties and the framework generation of understanding to describe them.

Key challenges the student will need to consider include:

1) Experiment Design. With intense conditions of temperatures up to 5000 K, Pressures in GPa and timescales of the order microseconds. Experiments need to be reproducible and appropriate quantitative measurements are recorded. 2) Understanding Results. Conventional approach to hazard test outcomes is that they are stochastic. If so, what statistical framework is most appropriate for maximum information extraction? 3) Numerous candidates for so-called hotspot mechanisms have been identified. Which is most likely to be dominant in a given scenario is still an open question. Following the scientific method, design discriminatory experiments to inform debate.

The student will be based in the Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, in a friendly 14 person Research Group. With access to state-of-the-art equipment, the research will build upon many years of prior art in this area. The student will also interact heavily with AWE researchers, benefitting from discussion, insights and feedback from AWE practitioners and broadly through interaction with academic and industry partners.

EPSRC iCASE studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible UK students. The applicant should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2:1 and a Masters degree in physics, materials science, or a related subject.

To make an application, follow the procedure outlined on the University website https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply, selecting the course PhD in Physics and making sure to mention the name of Dr David Williamson and the Surface, Microstructure and Fracture (SMF) Group.

It is IMPORTANT that, when submitting your application, that you notify Dr David Williamson (e-mail: dmw28@cam.ac.uk).

Due to the nature of the work undertaken by AWE, University Personnel engaged in any Research Project shall normally be required to meet special nationality rules. To be eligible, the individual may be required to undergo security clearances and unless otherwise authorised should normally be a British Citizen as defined in the British Nationalities Act 1981.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please e-mail Dr David Williamson ( dmw28@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference KA28369 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

PhD Studentship in Physics - DSTL / EPSRC iCASE (Fixed Term)

Fri, 01/10/2021 - 00:00

EPSRC iCASE Studentship - Implications of Resonant Acoustic Mixing for the vulnerability of energetic formulations subjected to mechanical insult

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3.5 years in the first instance.

This studentship could begin on any one of the available 2022 start dates (Lent, Easter or Michaelmas). The award covers tuition fees (for UK students) and provides a tax-free stipend.

Applications are invited for a joint dstl / EPSRC iCASE funded PhD project in the area of understanding energetic materials vulnerability behaviour.

Resonant Acoustic Mixing (RAM) of ingredients, as a processing method for preparing energetic material formulations, is a new and disruptive technology that has many potential benefits; in terms of the degree of blend homogeneity, the ability to work with high solid loadings, and the ability to mix in situ. One observation, attributed to the greater intimacy that is achieved during mixing compared to conventional methods, is that the cure times for some chemical reactions, such as polymerization, are not the same. Consequently, it is highly likely that the thermal and the mechanical properties of the resulting RAM mixed materials are different from their conventionally mixed counterparts. And if so, what does this mean for the safe handling of such materials, and how might they respond in an accident scenario? The student will investigate these questions.

Key challenges the student will need to consider include: 1) Design of experiment. What are the correct characterisation experiments to perform to make fair comparisons between the RAM mixed and conventionally mixed materials?
2) Understanding the results. Placing the characterisation outcomes inside a framework of understanding; a strong candidate is so-called Group Interaction Modelling which is itself an active research area within the Research Group. Where differences arise, identifying what is the cause. Following the scientific method, design discriminatory experiments to inform the situation.

The student will be based in the Cavendish Laboratory, the Department of Physics, in a friendly 14 person Research Group. With access to state-of-the-art equipment, this research will build upon many years of prior art in this general area. The student will also interact heavily with researchers from dstl, benefitting from discussion, insights and feedback from practitioners at dstl, and more broadly through interaction with other partners in both academia and industry.

EPSRC iCASE studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible UK students.

The applicant should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2:1 and a Masters degree in physics, materials science, or a related subject. For informal enquires please contact Dr David Williamson (email dmw28@cam.ac.uk).

To make an application, follow the procedure outlined on the University website https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply, selecting the course PhD in Physics and making sure to mention the name of Dr David Williamson and the Surface, Microstructure and Fracture Group (SMF Group).

It is IMPORTANT that, when submitting your application, that Dr David Williamson is notified by e-mail at dmw28@cam.ac.uk .

Due to the nature of the work undertaken by dstl, University Personnel engaged in any Research Project shall normally be required to meet special nationality rules. To be eligible, the individual may be required to undergo security clearances and unless otherwise authorised should normally be a British Citizen as defined in the British Nationalities Act 1981.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department/institution/Faculty/School/University.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Dr David Williamson (dmw28@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference KA28368 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Teaching Associate (Fixed Term)

Tue, 21/09/2021 - 00:00

The EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC) is a world leading Centre for Doctoral Training based at the University of Cambridge. As a highly interdisciplinary graduate education and research centre, the Centre has activities across multiple Departments within the University including Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering, and others. The Centre offers an MRes+PhD programme in Nanoscience which attracts the best graduate students internationally in the field. Each incoming annual cohort has 12 students on average, with around 50 students on the programme at any given time.

The role-holder will lead the Electro-mechanical Teaching provision at the Centre, covering teaching, project supervision and assessment on the Nanointegration module of the MRes course. The role holder will also support the centre and its students with outreach related electro-mechanical projects from time to time.

You will have advanced skills and knowledge in working with electronic, programming and mechanical tools, together with good knowledge of physics. You will have excellent communication and people skills, to be able to teach and supervise a mixed group of masters students with varying levels of prior exposure to electronics and programming. You will have the ability to manage relevant administrative tasks to support teaching duties and will enjoy being part of a diverse and active community of students, academics and team members. The working environment is very inclusive and we encourage creative input from all members of our team. We also offer a diverse range of skill and career development opportunities.

This position is for 0.1 FTE, until Sept 2024 in the first instance.

Applicants are invited to visit the centre's website https://www.nanodtc.cam.ac.uk/ to get a sense of the range of its activities.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2024 in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For all enquiries relating to this position, please email Dr Karishma Jain kj259@cam.ac.uk

Any queries relating to your application, should be sent to hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA28229 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position investigating dynamically crosslinked elastomers and their mechanical actuation at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge). The aim of the project is to develop new materials for sustainable plastics applications.

The successful candidate will join the BSS research group, working with Professor Eugene M. Terentjev (http://people.bss.phy.cam.ac.uk/~emt1000). We are looking for an experienced physicist/device engineer with a PhD in Physics, Materials Science or Engineering to lead the laboratory effort designing and constructing the new devices utilising dynamic networks. Experience in liquid-crystalline elastomers, and/or nano-cellulose is a significant bonus.

Key duties and responsibilities expected from the successful candidate will include, but not be limited to, conducting individual and collaborative projects, assisting in the supervision of student projects, building internal and external contacts and planning the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate. For further information regarding duties and responsibilities of this role please see the Further Particulars.

The work will be funded by the ERC Advanced grant 786659: "Active Polymers for Renewable Functional Actuators". The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible after November 2021.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the HR Co-ordinator by email: rutherford.hr@phy.cam.ac.uk .

Informal enquiries can be addressed via email quoting reference KA28057 to Professor Eugene Terentjev (emt1000@cam.ac.uk) .

Please quote reference KA28057 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 00:00

The Department of Physics is recruiting an apprentice to their training scheme to start in October 2021. The successful candidate will undertake a structured training programme in Mechanical Engineering. The role is workshop based and the use of equipment used in manufacture both manual and CNC machines plus design as the primary skill using computer aided design (CAD), for which training will be given.

The scheme offers:

¿ Full advanced apprenticeship NVQ Level 3 training in conjunction with West Suffolk College, including vocational and technical certificate courses

¿ A very broad range of experience in a variety of workshops and research groups

¿ A supportive working environment and mentoring scheme

¿ Involvement with world-leading research activity.

Applicants should have five GCSEs or equivalent at grades A-C, including Mathematics, Science and English, or expect to gain this level of qualification this summer. We are looking for an individual who has a real interest in science and technology and how things work and who is able to demonstrate an aptitude for practical problem solving.

Good IT and communication skills would be an asset.

Fixed-term: 4 years.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to hr@phy.cam.ac.uk or 01223 765743.

Please quote reference KA28089 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Hub General and HR Administrator (Fixed Term)

Tue, 07/09/2021 - 00:00

Are you seeking an exciting opportunity in which to develop your administrative career in a world-leading academic department and University?

The Department of Physics is seeking a motivated individual to provide support in an administrative Hub office, delivering a pro-active and responsive service to academic and research staff, graduate students and visitors.

This is an exciting position within an existing team providing wide-ranging administrative support with particular focus in the field of HR.

It is vital that you possess excellent inter-personal skills to be able to work well with your Hub team and manage good working relationships with a wide variety of people from all over the world.

You will have GCSE level grades A-C or equivalent / NVQ Level 2 or equivalent level of practical experience. Previous experience working in an office environment would be advantageous, but is not essential as full training will be provided.

This is a full-time, permanent position with anticipated working hours of 9am ¿ 5.30pm.

As well as developments in its administration, the Department is looking forward to further major developments, including planning for a state-of-the-art, multi-million pound new building within the next three years.

This is an exciting and challenging time for the Department and we would like individuals with a positive attitude towards change and development to join us.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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Informal enquiries should be directed to hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA28042 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/ Associate in Experimental Astrophysics on Exoplanets x 2 (Fixed term)

Thu, 02/09/2021 - 00:00

The Astrophysics Group of the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, invites applications for two postdoctoral research associates to work in the exoplanet research team of Professor Queloz.

The team is involved in different observation programmes and international collaborations and is particularly active in the development and operations of instrumentations for the detection and characterisation of small planets like the Earth.

The post holders will be expected to conduct an independent research programme and to actively participate in the development, maintenance, and scientific exploitation of SPECULOOS-South (ESO Paranal). For transiting planet science, the group is also active in the NGTS collaboration and in the joint exploitation of CHEOPS and TESS satellite. More details on our group may be found on this link http://www.astro.phy.cam.ac.uk/research/research-activities/exoplanets

Candidates must be familiar with group research works and should aim to establish a research program in that context. Experience of astronomical data reduction and scientific programing in python is essential.

Post holders will be expected to take management responsibilities, supervise PhD students and to exercise leadership in their research program.

Cambridge has a very active and divers exoplanet research activities. Other programs are being carried out at the Institute of Astronomy and in the department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Earth Science. Opportunities of collaboration and exchanges with researchers of other departments are strongly encouraged. Further a recent initiative to develop research on Planetary Science and Life in the Universe has been established to promote broader collaboration between departments of School of physics working on an ambitious program. In that context regular scientific meetings and socials are organised to stimulate interactions and intellectual exchanges as well as opportunities to develop new ideas.

Applicants should have a PhD in experimental astronomy, physics or another relevant scientific discipline. They should have a proven track record in astrophysics research, and scientific exploitation of data.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Prof Queloz, dq212@cam.ac.uk

Any queries about the application process should be sent to rutherford.hub@phy.cam.ac.uk

Applications should contain (1) a full CV; (2) a research statement including relevant technical expertise and experience; (3) list of publications; (4) the names and contact details of three referees

Please quote reference KA28027 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Tue, 31/08/2021 - 00:00

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position investigating developing a new CRISPR-based technique for gene editing of bacteriophage T7 to better understand and manipulate phage-host interactions at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge).

The successful candidate will join the research group led by Dr. Diana Fusco. The group's research focuses on developing models and experiments to understand how spatial growth affects the evolution of microbial and bacteriophage systems.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-driven candidate with a PhD in biochemistry, bioengineering, molecular biology or similar. Experience in CRISPR gene editing techniques and/or handling bacteriophage is also highly desirable. Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, he/she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD).

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date, (30 September 2021) and interviews conducted in early October 2021. The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible after the conditional offer has been made to the successful candidate. The post will be a fixed term appointment for 12 months in the first instance.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded). The research assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £26,715 to £30,942. The research associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £32,816 to £40,322.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and the contact details of two referees, in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Rutherford.hr@phy.cam.ac.uk.

Informal enquiries can be addressed via email to df390@cam.ac.uk.

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Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For general enquires please contact rutherford.hr@phy.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference KA27982 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Research Associate in Multiplexed Quantum Circuits (Fixed Term)

Fri, 27/08/2021 - 00:00

Fixed-term (Limited Funding): The funds for this post are available for 13 Months in the first instance, with a start date of no later than 28th January 2022.

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in Multiplexed Quantum Circuits. The candidate will work as part of an EPSRC Grant team entitled "Multiplexed Quantum Integrated Circuits" headed by Professor Charles G. Smith, who is a member of the Semiconductor Physics Group.

The aim of the role holder is to perform research using a dedicated BlueFors dilution refrigerator to investigate quantum properties of nano-devices using a low temperature multiplexer device developed within the group:

(https://pubs-acs-org.ezp.lib.cam.ac.uk/doi/abs/10.1021/acsnano.0c05622).

The applicant will be required to fabricate nano-structure semiconductor devices in our clean room and then measure these devices at cryogenic temperatures. The role will be to extend the multiplexer to read out at higher frequencies. The project will explore ways of applying the multiplexer to a number of nano-electronic devices including quantum technology applications.

The successful candidate will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in physics, electrical engineering or a closely related discipline with a proven track record in quantum transport measurements in nano-structured devices at cryogenic temperatures, a strong background in nano-device fabrication and radio frequency measurements with the ability to pursue scientific investigation from the conceptions stage through to publication.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in low temperature device measurements, optical or e-beam lithography and radio frequency measurements. The candidate will also be expected to have proven organisational, communication and team working skills. We welcome a diverse range of applicants with skills closely related to those described above.

Salary Range: Research Assistant (Grade 5) £26,715 to £30,942. Research Associate (Grade 7) £32,816 to £40,322.

The closing date for applications is 3rd October 2021. Interviews will be held with selected candidates as soon as possible after the closing date.

The post holder will be located at the Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE, UK.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account and log in before completing the online application form.

Ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Professor Charles G. Smith (cgs4@cam.ac.uk). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Mott Hub HR Administrator (mott.hub@phy.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference KA27974 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term) Detector Projects

Fri, 27/08/2021 - 00:00

The Department of Physics, the Cavendish Laboratory, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental High Energy Physics to commence on 1 November 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The experimental High Energy Physics research group of the Cavendish Laboratory has major involvements in the ATLAS and LHCb experiments at CERN, in the MicroBooNE and DUNE experiments at Fermilab, and in the AION and MAGIS experiments. The group is strongly involved in detector projects for LHC experiments: the ITk and L1 Calo upgrades for ATLAS, and the RICH upgrade for LHCb, with a focus on fast detector electronics.

The role holder will strengthen the group's existing international reputation in experimental particle physics on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, and will establish the experimental foundations of the recently proposed ANUBIS experiment (https://www.hep.phy.cam.ac.uk/ANUBIS) that will extend the ATLAS' sensitivity to search for long-lived particles with decay lengths in excess of 10 m.

The main focus of this work will be on the construction, commissioning, and operation of the proANUBIS prototype detector, followed by data taking in the ATLAS cavern during Run 3 and data analysis. Another important aspect is the optimisation of the detector geometry by juxtaposing the proANUBIS measurements inside the ATLAS cavern with detailed simulations.

Furthermore, the successful candidate will contribute to the performance studies of Resistive Plate Chamber (RPC) detectors considering timing and efficiency with eco-gas mixtures, and the quantification of ageing effects through irradiation.

There will be a significant opportunity to contribute to the design of the final ANUBIS detector with a particular focus on of the data acquisition (DAQ) and readout (R/O) system, and including other aspects like the LHC clock distribution, power, gas, and detector control systems.

Necessary requirements: - PhD in (Astro-)Particle Physics (awarded or very close to submission); - Strong research record in experimental (astro-) particle physics; - Experience with electronics in the context of DAQ and/or R/O systems; - Programming fluency in C++ and/or python; - Ability to work in an international team of scientists; - Ability to travel to CERN and collaborating institutes for detector-related work.

Desirable requirements - Expertise with DAQ and R/O systems in the context of timing-critical applications; - Experience with VMI systems; - Expertise in muon detection and RPC detector technology; - Experience with gas and power distribution systems, as well as detector control systems - Experience with reconstruction algorithms: muons, tracking, MET; - Familiarity with GEANT4; - Experience with data analysis.

The post will be a fixed term appointment for 24 months in the first instance. The successful candidate will be based at the Cavendish Laboratory. Travel to CERN and collaborating institutes for detector-related work may be necessary. Appointment at Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD. The Research Associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £32,816 to £40,322.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. Please submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter together with a list of key publications in the Upload section of the online application. Please submit the contact details of 3 referees before the closing date.

The closing date for applications and references is Monday 27th September 2021.

Any questions about this vacancy or the application process can be directed to the HR Co-ordinator at rutherford.hr@phy.cam.ac.uk. Informal enquiries about the position can be addressed to Dr Oleg Brandt, obrandt@hep.phy.cam.ac.uk.

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Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For general enquires please contact rutherford.hr@phy.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference KA27950 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate x 2 (Fixed Term) Development and Characterisation of Superlattice Architectures for Efficient and Stable Perovskite LEDs

Mon, 23/08/2021 - 00:00

We invite applicants for two positions to work within a new EPSRC and NSF funded project focusing on the development and demonstration of new thin-film perovskite LED architectures that use controllably engineered 2D/3D 'superlattice' perovskite structures as the emissive layer. We will realise new perovskite LED architectures that deliver a step change in power efficiency and stability at display-relevant conditions.

This project brings together the Optoelectronics Group (for this project Prof. Richard Friend, Dr. Sam Stranks and Prof. Neil Greenham) at the University of Cambridge with the groups of Prof. Henry Snaith at the University of Oxford and Prof. Seth Marder at CU Boulder. The collaboration will involve close working between the teams and regular people, sample and expertise exchange to leverage the strengths of each team.

We are looking for two highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates for postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) positions to work at Cambridge within the framework of this programme and drive the collective efforts to achieve the project goals. Similar positions will be available at Oxford and CU Boulder. We particularly encourage those candidates typically underrepresented in the STEM area to apply. The two Cambridge positions will be based within the Cavendish Laboratory and the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology (CEB), taking advantage of state-of-the-art deposition and characterisation equipment across the West Cambridge campus including facilities within the Henry Royce Institute.

Both PDRAs will also spend time in Oxford working closely with the team there. We anticipate that: (i) one PDRA will focus on LED device fabrication, measurement and modelling. They will use the Henry Royce fabrication facility in Cambridge, including capabilities for vacuum deposition of perovskite and contact layers and in situ LED test facilities (in inert conditions). Experience in organic or hybrid materials and device fabrication and modelling is essential, including but not limited to, hybrid perovskite, organic or nanocrystalline semiconductors for solar cell or light-emitting device applications.

(ii) one PDRA will focus on advanced characterisation of materials and devices including extensive structure, optoelectronic and optical spectroscopy characterisation, and the study of degradation mechanisms of the LEDs. Experience in characterisation of hybrid perovskite materials and devices in at least one of electron microscopy, time-resolved optical spectroscopy or electrical device characterisation is essential.

The successful candidates will have or shortly expect to obtain a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering or a related area. A proven track record of scientific publication and presentation at international conferences is essential. In addition to working independently, the successful candidates should also work well in a team and help to promote a collaborative environment, interacting frequently with others in the project team (Ph.D. students, PDRAs, and academic staff). Excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills are also required.

Appointment as a Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded. The research assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £26,715 to £30,942. The research associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £30,942 to £40,322. The position is available from 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible after this date.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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Informal enquires for these posts can be addressed via email to Prof. Sir Richard Friend (rhf10@cam.ac.uk), Dr Sam Stranks (sds65@cam.ac.uk) or Prof. Neil Greenham (ncg11@cam.ac.uk). Please include a curriculum vitae while doing so.

Enquiries relating to the application process should be directed to hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA27900 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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