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THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
SCHOOL OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Job Title:
Research Associate/Fellow in Ultra Cold Atoms & Quantum
Optics
Contract Status:
Full time, fixed term until 31st January 2017. This role may be
extended for a further 6 months, subject to approval by funding
agencies, but this cannot be assured.
Salary:
£25,769 - £31,656 per annum, depending on skills & experience.
Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Location:
School of Physics and Astronomy, University Park, Nottingham,
NG7 2RD
Responsible to:
Dr Thomas Fernholz
Job Outline:
Experimental research on matterwave interferometry for rotation sensing. The role is to
conduct experimental laboratory research in ultra-cold atom physics and quantum optics. As
part of a research team, the successful candidate will plan and perform experiments with
magnetically trapped ultra-cold atomic ensembles. The work will be pursued in the framework
of an ongoing European project with the goal to develop a mobile quantum sensor. The local
group is part of the Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre (MUARC) with close links to
experimentalists working on similar cold atom setups as well as cold atom theorists.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
The main duties of the successful candidate will be to join early stage experiments in a
recently built apparatus, expand the apparatus, and realise rotation sensitive interferometry in
an atom chip environment. Preparation of scientific publications, assistance in PhD supervision
and general tasks in the research group are also part of the responsibilities.
Person Specification:
Qualifications/
Education
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Skills/Training
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Experience
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Statutory/Legal
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Personal
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Essential
PhD or equivalent or near
completion in physics or a
related discipline (PhD thesis
must be submitted at the
time of application).
Advanced computational
skills
Good communication skills
and ability to work efficiently
in a team.
Ability to present scientific
work in oral and written
format.
Robust background in
experimental cold atom
physics, quantum optics or
related experimental areas.
Eligibility to work in the UK
will be required
Good communication skills
Desirable

Practical knowledge of
electronics and software
development.

Experience in both
experimental and
theoretical research.
Attributes
Other

and ability to work efficiently
in a team
Ability to present scientific
work in oral and written
format
Applicants will be considered on an equal basis, subject to the relevant permission to work in
the UK as defined by the requirements set out by the UK Border and Immigration
Agency. Please visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ for more information.
Informal
enquiries
may
be
addressed
to
Dr
T
Fernholz,
[email protected]
Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.
Please quote ref: SCI/381815.
email:
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