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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
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Fixed term
Grade 6 / 31,604 - 38,832 a year
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Role Description

The Nuclear Physics Group at the University of York invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) position starting in January 2018.  The PDRA will participate closely in the experimental programme related to the theme “Proton-neutron degree of freedom” which is an activity led by Professors Mike Bentley, David Jenkins and Bob Wadsworth supported by our nuclear theory group comprising Professor Jacek Dobaczewski and Dr Alessandro Pastore.

The areas of scientific interest fall into two major headings: (i) isospin breaking interactions and isospin symmetry at the limits of nuclear binding and (ii) neutron­proton pairing and correlations in self­conjugate nuclei. Understanding of these structural effects is advanced through state­of­the­art experimental/ theoretical studies of medium­heavy proton­rich nuclei, on and beyond the N=Z line. An ambitious experimental programme is planned to address these questions which will exploit leading nuclear physics facilities worldwide such as the University of Jyvaskyla Accelerator Laboratory in Finland, the GANIL laboratory in France, and MSU and Argonne National Laboratory in the US. The experiments will comprise primarily beta-decay spectroscopy and in-beam gamma-ray spectroscopy of exotic nuclei. Key experimental apparatus will include arrays of high-purity germanium detectors, silicon implantation detectors, fast neutron detectors and recoil separators. 

The PDRA will primarily be responsible for setting up, optimising and running experiments at international facilities and should be familiar with the relevant detector technology. A willingness to travel to such laboratories for a period of up to a few weeks is essential. The PDRA will latterly analyse data taken at these facilities and prepare it for publication in leading international journals. You will conduct individual and collaborative research projects, use appropriate research techniques and methods; write up research results and disseminate through seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities as well as contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research within the overall theme. The PDRA will also be expected to support PhD students and other young researchers within the nuclear physics group.

Applicants will be considered from all areas of experimental nuclear physics; a PhD in this area is required. It is essential the applicant has a strong background in experimental nuclear physics and has a good understanding of the underpinning nuclear theory tested through experimental measurement. It is also essential that they have proficiency in setting up apparatus including germanium and silicon detectors as well as proficiency in relevant data analysis. It is highly desirable that they also have knowledge of simulation with GEANT4 and programming in C++.

This post is fixed term for 3 years.

Vacancy Reference: 6168

Closing Date: 7 December 2017

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