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Lecturer in Physics (AI for Particle Accelerators) - Grade 8

The University of Liverpool
Liverpool, UK
£45,585 - £57,698 pa
Posting live until
15 Jun 2024

Job Details

Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Physical Sciences, Department of Physics

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a Lecturer in the Department of Physics in the field of Particle Accelerators, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) methodologies.

This role is inspired by our aim to boost the capabilities of research infrastructures through AI digital transformation, with significant benefits in environmental impact, energy consumption, and operational efficiency of particle accelerators. You will be expected to be jointly based at the Cockcroft Institute on the campus of Daresbury Laboratory and in the Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool.

Our department was ranked ninth in the UK for Physics research outputs and seventh for the quality of our research environment in REF2021. We have an excellent track record in the development of novel technologies, including sensors and detectors, and data science. Our academic staff hold important leadership roles in world-class experiments, and they are driving technology innovations that benefit society.

You will:

  • Contribute to our leading-edge efforts in developing future particle accelerators and applying AI methodologies to optimise their design, operation, and efficiency. This includes predictive maintenance, anomaly detection, system optimization, and the development of AI-enabled control systems, aligning with international strategic goals to enhance current and future research infrastructures;
  • Work closely with existing academic and research staff in the Accelerator Science cluster and more broadly within the Department on the use of AI and machine-learning techniques for the design and optimization of particle accelerators;
  • Closely connect their work with activities in our STFC CDT LIV.INNO, liaise with internal and external stakeholders, strengthen, and grow strategic industry partnerships and data science R&D in the department, strategically contributing to the institutional DIGITAL research theme;
  • Act as a research leader in AI/ML within the Cockcroft Institute, formulating collaborations between university partners, ASTeC and the STFC SciML division;
  • Identify funding opportunities that show good potential for scientific breakthrough and/or generating impact be at the forefront of collaborative research, working closely with major research infrastructures, universities, and industry partners. They will leverage AI to address core challenges faced by particle accelerators, including energy efficiency, sustainability, and performance limitations, thereby contributing to the advancement of fundamental physics and applied sciences;
  • Teach a range of lectures, laboratory classes and tutorials, including modules on AI/ML. Exact teaching duties as well as the most appropriate salary spine point within the advertised range will be agreed based on background and experience.

You will have a PhD in Physics or a related discipline.

This post may be taken up on a part-time (a minimum of 0.5 FTE) or full-time basis (including a job share).

The School of Physical Sciences is working to create an inclusive environment which values a diverse workforce, and we recognise that many individuals value flexibility in their work/life balance. We particularly welcome applications from groups that are currently under-represented within the School of Physical Sciences. As an Athena Swan Silver Award holder, we are committed to gender equality. As an institution awarded the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award, we are dedicated to enhancing the representation, advancement, and achievement of minority ethnic staff members.

The department of Physics was awarded Juno Practitioner status by the IOP. We are committed to encouraging, developing and supporting individuals in their research and academic careers. We are working to create an inclusive environment which values a diverse workforce, and we recognise that many individuals value flexibility in their work/life balance. This post may be taken up on a part-time (a minimum of 0.5 FTE) or full-time basis (including a job share). We strongly encourage applications from individuals from groups underrepresented within our workforce, particularly women and people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background. There is no obligation to declare an interest in a part-time or flexible position in the application or at interview. This may be addressed after the selection process.

The University of Liverpool is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and so we do not permit the use of journal-based indicators when judging research quality.

Closing date: 11 June 2024

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The University of Liverpool is a public research university based in the city of Liverpool, England. Founded as a college in 1881, it gained its Royal Charter in 1903 with the ability to award degrees and is also known to be one of the six 'red brick' civic universities, the first to be referred to as The Original Red Brick. It comprises three faculties organised into 35 departments and schools. It is a founding member of the Russell Group, the N8 Group for research collaboration and the university management school is triple crown accredited

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