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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Low-temperature Plasma Science

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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An EPSRC funded Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the group of Dr Erik Wagenaars in the Department of Physics for a project on the development of an atmospheric-pressure plasma source with a tuneable chemistry. This project is in collaboration with partners at the University of Liverpool. The focus of the advertised position is on the experimental characterisation of the tuneable plasma chemistry using advanced optical and laser diagnostic techniques for low-temperature plasmas. 

The Department of Physics is a department at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused around condensed matter physics, physics of life, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute.

You will be responsible for conducting individual and collaborative research on the operation of a pulsed atmospheric-pressure plasma with an advanced power supply capable of creating variable pulse shapes. Subsequently, you will characterise the chemistry of these tuneable plasmas using a suite of diagnostic techniques, including Two-Photon Absorption Laser Induced Fluorescence, Thomson Scattering, Stark Spectroscopy, UV-Absorption Spectroscopy and Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. These results will be compared to numerical simulations performed by project partners at the University of Liverpool. The end goal is to be able to create a plasma source that can deliver a user-defined, on-demand plasma chemistry.

Additional responsibilities will include the writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations, public engagement, and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research; undertaking appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the project; and providing guidance to other staff and students as well as coordinating small research teams.

You should have an undergraduate degree in relevant subject, e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Electronics and a PhD degree in low-temperature plasma science. Furthermore, you should have an extensive background in advanced diagnostics in low-temperature plasmas, in particular atmospheric-pressure plasmas. You will also have highly developed communication skills evidenced by peer-reviewed journal publications and presentations at conferences, and a collaborative ethos, with a willingness to work effectively with internal and external project partners.


This is a fixed-term position for up to 36 months and will be available from 1st July 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Erik Wagenaars (

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