UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM RECRUITMENT ROLE PROFILE FORM Job Title: Research Assistant/Fellow in Physics & Astronomy School/Department: School of Physics and Astronomy Salary: Salary £25,513 to £37,394 per annum, depending on skills and experience (salary can progress to £39,107 per annum, subject to performance). Job Family and Level: Research Contract Status: Fixed-term contract for 3 years Hours of Work: Full-time Location: School of Physics and Astronomy, Nottingham The Purpose of the New Role: This role will bridge academic and industrial research in the area of quantum sensors based on cold atoms and quantum gases. The purpose of the project is to develop industrial prototypes of integrated cold atom sources for modular use in quantum sensors. This process will happen in close collaboration with cold atom physicists, developing and testing pre-prototype trapping concepts, and industrial engineers with expertise in vacuum enclosures (project partner: e2v technologies). The resulting prototypes will be low-maintenance, robust modules ready for integration into portable and laboratory based quantum sensors, including microscopic magnetometers, gyroscopes and gravimeters. Geometries and materials will be chosen according to the type of sensor and target application. Tasks will include component assembly in close collaboration with atom chip fabricators in the clean room and atom trapping and cooling in close collaboration with atomic physicists in the laboratory. Main Responsibilities: Main Responsibilities 1. 2. 3. 4. Cold atom source prototype development Component preparation and assembly, both inside and outside the cleanroom Vacuum compatibility test of materials and components 5. Liaison with and coordination of collaboration between cold atom physicists, fabricators and industrial engineers 6. Assistance in technical management and reporting of the project 7. Presentation and dissemination of project results in both oral and written communications including assistance in writing progress reports Organisational tasks within the quantum technologies team and cold atoms group, including contributing to the training and personal development of PhD students 8. Operational tests, characterisation and optimisation of prototypes Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience: Essential Qualifications/ An outstanding educational profile Education including an excellent first degree in Physics or related disciplines PhD in relevant discipline (or be close to completion)(1) Experience Extensive experimental research laboratory experience (academic or industrial) Desirable Completed excellent PhD in Physics or Engineering Extensive experimental cold atom and/or condensed matter physics research Research level knowledge of experimental atomic physics and/or related areas General skills and Abilities Technical Skills and Knowledge Excellent oral and written communication skills in English at all levels (1,3) Strong project management skills (3) Ability to work independently, focus to achieve results and work to tight deadlines (3) Excellent IT skills (1) Excellent analytical and problem solving skills (1,3) Able to work within industry standards and specifications (1,3) Training Other experience Research experience with integrated atom chips Industrial research and development Cleanroom and microfabrication experience Vacuum technology Mechanical design and construction Ability to work with clean room and micro/nanofabrication tools Electronics design and assembly Ability to teach undergraduates and graduates in laboratory skills and underlying science Knowledge of relevant health & safety and environmental issues (1,3) Working knowledge of relevant software, e.g. Matlab, Solid Works and/or equivalent Demonstrable commitment to continuing professional development Willingness to undertake appropriate further training and to adopt new procedures as and when required (1,3) Willingness to travel (3) Commitment to observing Equality & Diversity policies at all times (1,3) Commitment to maintain confidentiality at all times Stages in Assessment (shown in brackets): 1 = Application form and CV, 2 = Work-based test / presentation and questions, 3 = Interview. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Peter Krüger email: [email protected] Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.