Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Laboratory Searches for Fundamental Physics, in Atomic and Laser Physics.
The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years , with the possibility of extension for up to 1.5 years longer.
A common perception is that laboratory tests of fundamental physics necessarily require large particle colliders. However, thanks to the development of ultra-high intensity optical lasers and 4th generation light sources, new approaches are now possible that exploit the simultaneous interactions of multiple photons with vacuum via quantum field fluctuations. While accelerator based searches at high energies have not yet found evidence of new physics, ultra-high intensity optical lasers and 4th generation light sources offer a novel complementary approach for searches at optical and X-ray energies.
The successful candidate will be involved in planning, setting up and executing experiments at high-power laser and X-ray Free Electron laser facilities to search for axion and axion-like particles. They will also perform data analysis (with appropriate computational methods) and interact with the theory team for interpreting the results.
The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach. This may include lecturing, small group teaching, and tutoring of undergraduates and graduate students.
Applicants should hold a PhD, or be close to completion in physics or a related field and have a strong background in high power laser or free-electron laser experiments.
Previous experience (experimental or theoretical) in high-field quantum electrodynamics, particle physics, beyond Standard Model phenomenology or axion searches will be an advantage.
Candidates are expected to be able to work in a multidisciplinary environment. We would like the post to start on March 1st, 2023.
The full team consists of the groups led by Prof Gianluca Gregori, Prof Ian Shipsey and Prof Subir Sarkar at Oxford and by Prof Bob Bingham at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
Please direct enquiries about the role to Prof Gianluca Gregori and Prof Subir Sarkar (firstname.lastname@example.org) (email@example.com).
Only applications received before midday (UK time) 19 December 2022 can be considered. You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.