Principal Physicist - RF

Crawley, UK
05 Aug 2021
24 Sep 2021

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The System Physics team is responsible for physics aspects of linear accelerator-based solutions within the engineering organization of Elekta’s Linac Business Line, including system engineering responsibilities for quality assurance and set-to-work.

The successful applicant for this Principal Physicist - RF role will take part in the evolution of image-guided radiotherapy systems by leading Radio-Frequency (RF) aspects of the development of Elekta's linear accelerator solutions. The position will involve influencing the beam generation engineering design and supporting other RF physics aspects of the product lifecycle (such as manufacturing and service activities), and developing physics test program strategies and plans, to ensure product solutions meet physics performance and compliance specifications. The role will include managing RF physics activities involving internal and external stakeholders, such as suppliers and outsourcing partners.

The role will require a good understanding of the theory of beam generation, transport and monitoring, and excellent knowledge of periodic accelerating structures, particle in-cell modelling, electron sources, high-power RF sources and electron beam dynamics. The candidate will be expected to be able to carry out some scientific computational activities (e.g. using Matlab and other physics modelling tools, such as CST), as well as experiments, using standard equipment and techniques for both low-power and high-power tests of accelerating structures. A key requisite of the role is a system-level approach to problem-solving, therefore the successful candidate will need to have an understanding of system engineering principles. Another key requisite is the ability to demonstrate effective technical leadership. The role will also require a good understanding of the principles of the engineering design and verification processes, as well as experience of working in a process-oriented and regulated environment.

In this role, the successful applicant will be expected to interact successfully with multi-disciplinary teams in various global locations, therefore a collaborative and adaptable working style will be necessary, as well as the ability to drive and influence technical discussions. The work will offer interaction with research institutions, clinics and commercial organizations inside and outside of the UK, therefore requiring the ability to communicate professionally and effectively, including presenting in public. Excellent planning and organizational skills, as well as a strong sense of accountability when working as part of team, are also essential for this role.

Candidates should have at least a degree in Physics/Engineering, Accelerator Physics or closely related discipline, with evidence of experience of applied RF physics in accelerator technology either in a research or industrial environment. It is desirable that they are educated to MSc or PhD level and have experience of radiotherapy systems. Candidates must also be aware of safety requirements when working with ionising radiation and high-power sources.