Research Associate in Cooling Molecules to Quantum Degeneracy

Imperial College London Department of Physics

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position available within the Centre for Cold Matter, a part of the Quantum Optics and Laser Science Group (QOLS Group), to help produce independent and original research on the cooling of molecules to quantum degeneracy.  

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00895
  • Date posted 24 March 2021
  • Closing date 30 April 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,858 – £48,340 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Physics
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position available within the Centre for Cold Matter, a part of the Quantum Optics and Laser Science Group (QOLS Group), to help produce independent and original research on the cooling of molecules to quantum degeneracy.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be expected to plan and carry out research, to write up results for publication and oral presentations, to liaise with collaborators within and outside Imperial College, and to assist in the maintenance of lab facilities and the administration of the research team and to support research students. This project will involve a high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research.

Essential requirements

The following are essential requirements for the role:

  • Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Experimental Physics or a closely related discipline.
  • A strong background in Experimental Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.
  • Technical knowledge of laser systems and the control of laser light

The following are desirable requirements for the role:

  • Experience in laser cooling and trapping, preferably including quantum gases
  • Experience in simulation and data analysis
  • Experience of using data acquisition hardware and software

Further information

For further details on this opportunity visit our website at the following link. https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/(select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference NAT00895 into “Keywords”).

Closing Date: 30 April 2021 (Midnight GMT)

Queries relating to the position should be directed to: Professor Mike Tarbutt m.tarbutt@imperial.ac.uk.

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to Ms Sanja Maricic, CCM Operations Manager, at: s.maricic@imperial.ac.uk.

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: support.jobs@imperial.ac.uk.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 – £39,183 per annum.

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