Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science.
The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 24 months (with the possibility of an extension by 12 months, subject to funding).
The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science, Oxford, is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to lead an investigation into high-average-power plasma-wakefield acceleration. This position will be based at Oxford with experimentation taking place at the beam-driven plasma-accelerator facility FLASHForward (DESY, Hamburg).
Plasma-wakefield accelerators are emerging as viable sources of high-energy particles at current and future photon-science and particle-physics facilities. However, to evolve these novel accelerators towards the high average powers required for application, it is essential to better understand the physics mechanisms that determine the long-term transport of energy within the system such that plasma stages capable of high-average-power operation can be developed. This position will play a key role in both plasma-wakefield experimentation and the design of novel plasma-stage concepts.
The successful candidate will perform an experimental study at FLASHForward into the energy transport channels in a plasma accelerator. Focus will be placed on how the deposited energy in a plasma accelerator evolves, if it can be utilised for more sustainable operation, and if concepts for energy recovery from the plasma are required. The results of this experimentation will be used to inform the design/prototyping at Oxford of a plasma stage capable of operation at the high average powers required by photon scientists and particle physicists. Although design will be based around application to the FLASH free-electron laser, applicability to future plasma-based linear-collider concepts, such as the recently proposed HALHF scheme, will also be considered.
Applicants should hold a PhD in physics or engineering related to plasma accelerators and have a proven track-record of high-quality research in large-scale accelerator infrastructures; demonstrated experience, knowledge, and interest in novel accelerator technologies; and experience of finding information and analysing complex data and representing this in an accessible form.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to: work as part of an extended team in multiple disciplines and locations, identify research objectives and subsequently conceive, plan and independently execute appropriate activities to deadlines, and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.
Informal enquiries about this post may be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only applications received promptly by 12:00 noon UK time on 20 June 2023 can be considered. Please read the “Person Specification and Job Description” before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a Curriculum Vita, a description of relevant research experience and interests and the names and addresses of three referees as part of your online application. In addition you should arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent to email@example.com by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters.