Research Fellow in Lattice Optical Clocks
University of Birmingham School of Physics and Astronomy
United Kingdom

Position type:
Full time
£30,395 - £42,036
POSTED 30 Aug 2019
EXPIRES 30 Sep 2019

Reference number: BIR-1900034C

Research Fellow, Lattice Optical Clocks - 82059 (2 Posts Available)


Position Details

Area: School of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609, with potential progression once in post to £42,036

Hours: Full time

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 2 years

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Closing Date: 30 September 2019


Role Purpose

To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within an established research programme and/or specific research project.

We are leading the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology – a groundbreaking £80m collaborative project in partnership with the Universities of Glasgow, Nottingham, Southampton, Strathclyde and Sussex and in collaboration with over 70 industry partners. We are changing the way you see the brain, medical imaging, underground hazards, communicate, and even outer space beyond the capabilities of current sensor technology, boosting demand for this world-leading technology.

To support the UK NQT Hub activities, we are looking for optical lattice clock/cavity expert with a strong background in cold atoms, atomic physics, precision measurement and time standards.


Main Duties/Responsibilities

Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
Contribute to writing bids for research funding
Analyse and interpret data
Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
Undertake management/administration arising from research
Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines


Person Specification

First degree in physics or engineering
Demonstrated technical and scientific experience in either the research or industry environment, as evidence by holding or be close to completing a PhD in a relevant discipline or an equivalent amount of practical experience
A strong background in the development, design and testing of optical lattice clocks based on cold atoms
Experience in cold atoms and optical lattice clocks
Demonstrated ability to manage a self-contained project, and to work effectively as part of a team of scientists or engineering
Excellent communication skills, including development of documentation
High level analytical capability
Ability to communicate complex information clearly
Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
Informal enquiries can be made to Yeshpal Singh;

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