Research Associate in Experimental Ultrafast Quantum Coherence in Photophysical and Photochemical Processes

Imperial College London Department of Physics

Job summary

We are seeking an experienced Research Associate to work on experiments examining the role of electronic coherences in photochemistry and photophysics. This is part of a research project to investigate the role that electronic wavepackets can play in photochemical and photophysical processes that is being conducted in collaboration with quantum chemistry theorists in the Chemistry Departments of Imperial and University College London. To...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00778
  • Date posted 9 October 2020
  • Closing date 10 November 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Physics
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking an experienced Research Associate to work on experiments examining the role of electronic coherences in photochemistry and photophysics. This is part of a research project to investigate the role that electronic wavepackets can play in photochemical and photophysical processes that is being conducted in collaboration with quantum chemistry theorists in the Chemistry Departments of Imperial and University College London. To answer this question, we must develop new experimental and computational methods to work together in order to understand how to control molecular behaviour through control of electronic states and their dynamics.

Duties and responsibilities

You should have a strong background in experimental ultrafast science and a willingness to provide the key lead in the laboratory in conducting a demanding series of experiments, and in working closely with our theoretical collaborators. The research will focus on measuring the control of electronic wavepackets in photoexcited and photoionised molecules using a resonantly tuned control field applied within a few femtoseconds of the excitation pulse. Time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy based upon a state-of-the-art high harmonic source will be used to probe the evolving dynamics. The initial focus will be on small molecules in the gas-phase, but attention will shift to molecules in liquid environments later in the project.

Essential requirements

Essential criteria:

  • Holds a PhD (or equivalent) in an appropriate field of experimental physical science or related discipline
  • A strong record of work on experimental ultrafast science.
  • Experience of high power, ultra-short lasers, with pulse durations reaching the few cycle limit.
  • Experience of HHG into the soft X-ray range.
  • Experience of research in photochemistry
  • Proven ability for building scientific apparatus including, for example, appropriate vacuum systems.
  • A flexible attitude is required to learning new skills as the research demands.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a small team.
  • The ability to present results as high-quality written reports, scientific papers and conference talks.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

The College is an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to Judith Baylis (Senior Section Administrator) – Email: j.baylis@imperial.ac.uk;

Queries relating to the research project should be directed to Professor Jon Marangos – Email: j.marangos@imperial.ac.uk     

For any technical queries during the application process please contact - recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

Thank you for your interest in this post.  We look forward to receiving your application.