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PDRA in the Physics of Shock Ignition Direct Drive Inertial Confinement Fusion

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Fixed term
31,076 - 38,183 a year
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Role Description

This position is an exciting opportunity to conduct research at the forefront of inertial confinement fusion, together with experts in the field. You will play a key role in a large, multi-national team to advance our knowledge of whether laser-plasma interactions and the generation of hot-electrons will deleteriously pre-heat an imploding fusion capsule, preventing ignition, or, whether the hot-electrons can be harnessed, enhancing the strength of the ignitor shock in shock ignition. Your principal role will be to establish diagnostic methodologies for inferring the character and influence of the hot electrons in shock ignition related experiments, liaise closely with the Omega facility, spending embedded time at the facility, and undertake the shot analysis processes. 

A PhD in Plasma Physics knowledge and equivalent experience studying plasmas is essential. You will have experience of large scale laser-plasma experiments, diagnostic design and of developing advanced data analysis techniques capable of working with disparate datasets to produce meaningful comparisons between model predictions of experimentals, and experimental measurement.

You will have highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience as well as a competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects. You will also have the ability to identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds, with collaborators if required. You will have the ability to program in at least one scripting or data analysis language (e.g. Python) and you will have experience of working on a substantial research project. You will also have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research as well as experience of writing up research for publication.

As part of the role you will be expected to work closely with scientists at based at Omega and LMJ and other laser facilities as well as members of the research team based at STFC and Warwick (post-docs and academics) and PhD students. With this team you will help develop future experimental plans to extract the necessary information to further our understanding of shock ignition and develop predictive capabilities of computation models such as Odin.

Informal enquiries should be made to HR Recruitment (email:

Salary will be within the range: £31,076 - £38,183 a year and the post is available full time on a fixed term contract for 36 months.

Athena Swan Silver

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