This is an exciting opportunity to work at the forefront of inertial confinement fusion, exploring direct drive shock ignition one of a number of alternative approaches to achieving inertial fusion. You will play a pivotal role in a 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 at the University of Rochester, spending embedded time at the facility, and undertake the shot analysis processes.
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 holders will be required to undertake some or all of the duties below)
This role is available for between 12 and 16 months, depending on start date and salary point offered.
Interview date: to be confirmed
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