Research Associate in Plasma Source Development

Imperial College London Department of Physics

Job summary

We are looking for a Research Associate to work on developing next generation plasma-based accelerators in the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science. The position will be to develop and diagnose plasma sources for the AWAKE experiment at CERN. AWAKE is a proton driven wakefield acceleration experiment that is investigating the use of plasma accelerators for next generation particle colliders.

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00768
  • Date posted 5 October 2020
  • Closing date 4 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 looking for a Research Associate to work on developing next generation plasma-based accelerators in the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science.

The position will be to develop and diagnose plasma sources for the AWAKE experiment at CERN. AWAKE is a proton driven wakefield acceleration experiment that is investigating the use of plasma accelerators for next generation particle colliders.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be expected to help produce independent and original research, submit publications to refereed journals and help with the administration of the research group.

The work typically would involve a high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research. You will have opportunity to voluntarily undertake limited teaching duties in joint agreement with the Department of Physics. It is expected that you will use the position to develop their track record and research independence.

Essential requirements

You will have:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in the field of plasma acceleration, high-voltage pulse power and/or development of plasma sources.
  • Experience in the plasma source development and/or high-voltage power sources
  • A strong background in accelerator, plasma or beam physics
  • Experience in developing plasma targetry
  • Experience operating and developing optical and plasma diagnostics
  • A strong background in accelerator, plasma or laser physics
  • Evidence of the ability to carry out original research and to produce scientific research papers

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.

Further information

For expression of interest please contact Professor Zulfikar Najmudin at z.najmudin@imperial.ac.uk

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Ms Azra Sabadosh, Senior Section Administrator, via a.sabadosh@imperial.ac.uk.

Should you have any technical queries please contact: recruitmenthub@imperial.ac.uk