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Research Associate in Shock Ignition

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
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Fixed term
32,817 - 40,322 a year
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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)

  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects, duties to include: analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications,  seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research

  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • A PhD in Plasma Physics or equivalent experience studying plasmas is essential.

  • You will be familiar with, and have experience of, large-scale laser-plasma experiments, diagnostic design and of developing advanced data analysis techniques capable of working with disparate datasets to produce meaningful comparisons between model predictions of experimental, and experimental measurement.

  • As part of the role, you will be expected to work closely with technical and scientific staff at based at Omega and other laser facilities as well as members of the research team based at STFC and Warwick, the team consists of PhD students, post-docs, academic staff and senior scientists.

This role is available for between 12 and 16 months, depending on start date and salary point offered.

Interview date: to be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Nigel Woolsey on  Alternatively you may contact


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