Postdoctoral Research Associate in Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics Postdoctoral Research Associate in Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics

The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh , United Kingdom

Published Mon, 03/15/2021 - 10:08 AM Expiration Fri, 04/16/2021 - 12:00 AM or until the posting is filled

UE07 £33,797 - £40,322 per annum

College of Science and Engineering/School of Physics and Astronomy/Institute of Particle and Nuclear Physics

35 hours per week

24 months fixed-term with possible extension

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics within the Nuclear Physics Group in the School of Physics & Astronomy.

The Opportunity:

Your main role will be to support and develop the experimental programme on nuclear astrophysical reactions (i) using the Group’s new CARME chamber and silicon strip detector system for the CRYRING at GSI laboratory, Germany, and (ii) at the LUNA facility, Gran Sasso laboratory, Italy. You will also be encouraged to become involved in other related elements of the Group’s research programme including, for example, measurements of the properties of exotic nuclei pertaining to the production of heavy elements in the astrophysical r-process.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • PhD in experimental nuclear physics or nuclear astrophysics, or be about to complete.
  • Ideally you will have practical experience with silicon strip detector systems and instrumentation or other radiation detector systems.
  • Experience of nuclear physics data analysis techniques.

For informal enquiries please contact Prof P J Woods

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As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK.  Further information is available on our right to work webpages

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Tier 2/Skilled Worker Visa.

About Us

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

About the Team

The School of Physics and Astronomy is in the College of Science & Engineering and comprises the Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics (IPNP), the Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems (ICMCS) and the Institute for Astronomy (IfA). We have around seventy academic staff, over 100 research staff and around 50 professional services staff.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework the School was ranked 2nd of the large Physics departments in UK universities and 4th overall. The submission was a joint exercise with St Andrews University (PHYESTA).

The School runs undergraduate programmes at BSc and MPhys level in Physics, Mathematical Physics, Theoretical Physics, Computational Physics, Astrophysics and (jointly with the School of Chemistry) Chemical Physics.  The undergraduate programme has flexible entry and exit points, creating courses of variable duration and level. The School accepts around 175 new undergraduates into its programmes each year and has current student populations of around 680 undergraduates, 55 taught postgraduates and 220 research postgraduates. 

We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development for all staff; providing mentoring, training, and networking opportunities.

The School of Physics and Astronomy holds Athena SWAN Silver and IoP Juno Champion awards, in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality.

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