The Department of Physics is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Atomic Interferometry
The post is available for a fixed term of 12 months.
The Atom Interferometry Observatory and Network (AION) project will develop the technology for a large-scale atom interferometer to investigate fundamental physics with funding from the Quantum Technology for Fundamental Physics programme. The work at Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Chris Foot and Dr Elliot Bentine, is being carried out in collaboration with other researchers at six other institutions in the UK (see https://arxiv.org/abs/1911.11755 for details).
The initial stage of the project is to construct a table-top system as a prototype for further stages, firstly a 10m tall instrument constructed in Oxford Physics and larger devices in future. There is a formal link between AION and the MAGIS-100 project which is constructing a 100m tall atom interferometer at Fermilab in the US. Such instruments will provide sensitive detectors for certain types of dark matter and, when operated in a network, will create a new generation of instruments for the detection of gravity waves in the mid-band of frequencies (around 1 Hz).
The successful candidate will carry out experimental work as part of a team, in particular setting up the laser and optical system required for matter-wave interferometry with strontium atoms. Tasks will also include presenting results at conferences and co-authoring research papers, sharing responsibility for safe laboratory practice, especially laser systems, and assisting with some administrative duties. The post-holder may have the opportunity to teach, including small group teaching, tutoring of undergraduates and graduate students, or demonstrating experiments on the practical course.
Applicants should hold a PhD, or be near completion, in physics or a related field and a strong background in experimental atomic or laser physics.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate proven research skills in a relevant area including operating complex experimental apparatus, excellent motivation and the ability to work as part of a team, experience of analysing data and publishing results, experience in experimental design and purchasing of equipment alongside good communication and presentation skills.
Experience of carrying out experiments in the field of laser cooling of atoms (or ions) is desirable.
Please direct enquiries about the role to Prof. Christopher Foot email@example.com
Only applications received before midday 15 February 2021 can be considered. You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.