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Laser Plasma Applications Scientist

Employer
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Location
Didcot, UK
Salary
£39748 - £44166 per annum
Closing date
27 Nov 2022
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Laser Plasma Applications Scientist
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
£39,748 to £44,166 per annum (dependent on skills and experience)

Full time, fixed term contract - 4 years

Come and do the kind of science that made you want to become a scientist. Explore the unknown and get to grips with the biggest challenges in Big Science. And, alongside world class engineers and technologists, use everything you've learnt to find real-answers that shape society and improve lives.

Put simply, discover the kind of impact you can make when you work with some of the best facilities and brightest scientists in the world.

An exciting opportunity exists to join our team at Central Laser Facility (CLF). CLF is one of the world's leading laser centres, providing scientists mainly from the UK and continental Europe with access to an unparalleled range of pioneering laser technology.

The CLF is building a new facility - the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC) that will come on line in 2025. EPAC will use state of the art lasers technology developed by our team to drive new types of novel particle and radiation beams that can be applied to a wide range of problems in science and industry.

About The Role

We work closely with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) to develop security and defence applications for laser-plasma science, and are looking for a highly skilled experimental physicist with relevant experience to lead a research program in collaboration with DSTL. This will involve investigating and developing novel applications of the secondary sources generated by laser-plasma interactions in our existing facilities - Vulcan and Gemini - leading to EPAC.

This is an excellent opportunity for an emerging scientist to develop further: the successful candidate will have a stimulating work environment with exposure to cutting-edge laser plasma technology and fantastic prospects to do collaborative research with some of the world-leading groups in the field.

About You

You will have a PhD in experimental laser-plasma physics or accelerator physics, or equivalent research experience in high-energy particle/x-ray detection. In addition to this you will have post-doctoral research experience in this or related areas, preferably at high-power laser facilities, synchrotrons or accelerator facilities.

You will have a good understanding of the underlying science in laser-plasma experiments and future potential research, especially regarding applications of laser-based secondary sources. Proven experience in laser driven source development and experience in scientific instrument development and design would also be beneficial.

Good communication skills and ability to convey your research to scientists and engineers from a different background is essential to this job.

What we offer

We are offering a fixed term position with a whole host of benefits including:

  • 30 days holiday annually (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days);
  • Flexible working hours;
  • An excellent defined average salary pension scheme;
  • Employee shopping/travel discounts;
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities;
  • Visa Sponsorship for candidates applying outside of the UK.

Plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance!

UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business support team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what's possible.

Please submit an application including your CV and a Cover Letter that clearly showcases how your skills and experience align to the requirements of the role.

Please note: the post you are applying for attracts a National Security Vetting clearance, for more information please see the full job description by clicking through to apply. Laser Plasma Applications Scientist - Careers Portal Careers

Closing Date: 27th November 2022.

Company

STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit www.stfccareers.co.uk/why-join/rewards-and-benefits.

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Locations
UK-wide

Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
Apply online at www.careersportal.co.uk/UKRI-careers/jobs/search/256393 

Closing date
All year round

Contact
Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail amy.corpe@ukri.org
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail corinna.kilpatrick@ukri.org
stfc.ukri.org

Find Us
Website
Location
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell
Oxfordshire
OX11 0QX
United Kingdom
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