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Research Associate

Department
Physics
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full-time
Contract status
Fixed term
Salary
32,817 - 40,322
Posted Date
04/11/2019
Apply by
04/12/2019
Job Reference
8144
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Role Description

Department

We are seeking an enthusiastic researcher with experience of experimental nuclear physics for an STFC-supported detector-development programme on active-target technology for low-energy nuclear astrophysics measurements with radioactive beams. Expertise in the areas of active targets and/or gas detectors would be advantageous. The position is funded for 18 months.  The appointed person will be based at York and will spend extended periods at the TRIUMF Laboratory, Vancouver, Canada. 

The role will be to develop and characterise a state-of-the-art active target detector, based on Gas Electron Multipliers (GEMs) technology or similar, to increase the sensitivity to low-energy reaction products. You will also characterise the electric field configuration and experience with GEANT4 would be desirable.  As part of this role, you will work with colleagues at York and TRIUMF, on the pulse shape analysis algorithms for use in the data acquisition. 

The Department of Physics is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused around biophysics, 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.

Role

The main purpose of the role is:

  • Delivering key aspects of the hardware and software developments for the active target project.
  • Help with the day to day supervision of research students.
  • Propose new experiments specifically aimed at exploiting these active target developments
  • PhD in experimental nuclear physics
  • Practical knowledge of nuclear physics experiments and analysis
  • Highly developed communication skills, and the ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals
  • Competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects, with the ability to develop objectives, projects and proposals
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high quality
  • Willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas/institutions, including willingness to travel

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhD in experimental nuclear physics
  • Practical knowledge of nuclear physics experiments and analysis
  • Highly developed communication skills, and the ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals
  • Competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects, with the ability to develop objectives, projects and proposals
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high quality
  • Willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas/institutions, including willingness to travel

Interview date: 19 December 2019

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Alison Laird: tel. 01904 332240, e-mail: al34@york.ac.uk or Christian Diget: tel 01904 322221, e-mail: Christian.diget@york.ac.uk.

 

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