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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604 - 33,518 Per year
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Role Description

A fixed term postdoctoral appointment is available until 1 November 2019 in the Plasma Physics Group, part of the Department of Physics, to work in the group of Dr Christopher Ridgers, on the project ‘Laser-Plasma Interactions at the Intensity Frontier: the Transition to the QED-Plasma Regime’.

The Department of Physics is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused around condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute. As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education, and are proud of our Juno Champion Award and Athena SWAN Silver Award.

The University of York is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the position of the University among the leading institutions in the UK for research. The proportion of research activity of world-leading, 4* status is among the highest of any UK university, and York is rated tenth out of 155 higher education institutions for the impact of its research.

You will perform World-leading research through individual and collaborative research projects. You will use theoretical and analytical tools to analyse the first experimental data in the strong-field QED regime with high-intensity lasers. Appropriate research techniques and methods will include strong-field QED theory and Particle-in-Cell simulation. You will work closely with teams at Imperial College London, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Michigan and help write-up and disseminate research results, coordinate joint publications and further contribute to the identification of possible new areas of research. You will be expected to participate in seminar and conference presentations and enjoy public engagement and outreach activities.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You are expected to have a first degree in Physics, Mathematics or a related discipline and an appropriate PhD in plasma physics or strong-field QED,  or equivalent experience. You will have a significant experience of numerical modelling. You will need to be self-motivated with a strong work ethic, but also willing to work as part of a research team. You will need to have a passion for the scientific literature and for communicating your own science through publication.

You will also have:

Highly developed communication skills including competency to make presentations at conferences

Ability and experience of developing research projects and objectives, conducting research projects and working in a harmonious team

The post is fixed-term for an initial period of 1 November 2018, with the possibility of extension, and will be available from 06/08/18 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary from £31,604 - £33,518 on grade 6 of the University’s salary scales.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Christopher Ridgers (

Closing date: 26 July 2018


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