Research Associate in Antimatter Physics University of Manchester, School of Accelerator, Nuclear and Particle Physic United Kingdom

An ERC sponsored Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available for an outstanding and ambitious synthetic chemist to undertake research in the field of synthetic f-element chemistry, focusing on actinide chemistry. As part of a multidisciplinary team you will synthesise a series of geometrically precise f-element complexes. When appropriate, we will analyse the physical properties of these complexes using a wide variety of techniques including SQUID magnetometry and EPR spectroscopy.


The ALPHA Collaboration at CERN is engaged in an ambitious experimental programme to perform numerous precision measurements of antihydrogen atoms, including optical and microwave spectroscopy as was as direct gravitational acceleration measurements in order to precisely test CPT invariance, the weak equivalence principle, and Lorentz invariance. Presently, we have expanded the ALPHA experiment to include two experimental endeavours: ALPHA-2, a device dedicated to optical spectroscopy on trapped antihydrogen, and ALPHA-g, a vertical atom trap for studying antimatter gravitation. These devices are linked together and to the CERN accelerator infrastructure using a novel multi-species particle beamline. 

 

This post will focus on expanding the capabilities of this beamline by upgrading to include the ability to feed a third experimental station. You will aim to design and implement an extension to the beamline which will allow extraction of antiprotons and positrons into a nominally magnetic field free region. This will also include the ability to co-propagate these charges species to accommodate pulsed recombination techniques as well as sequence particle transfers without the need to change the overall field configurations for ALPHA-2, ALPHA-g and their particle sources. The project will also explore the inclusion of novel ion sources and their transport for use in fundamental measurements alongside antimatter. 

 

You are required to have a PhD-level qualification or equivalent experience in both the design and commissioning of a low-energy beamlines incorporating multiple species and antimatter. You should have operational experience with diagnostics typical for these kinds of installations, including optical imaging systems as well as antiproton and positron annihilation detectors. You should have experience with simulation codes such as GPT and Simion, Opera and ANSYS, as well as the Labview programming environment for interfacing with the existing beamline control system. You will be based at CERN for extended periods of time during the period of this post, and will be expected to travel for conference work and meetings. 

 

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit: http://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/equality-and-diversity/    

 

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments will be made on merit.                

 

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies
            
Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: William Bertsche
Email: William.bertsche@manchester.ac.uk
Technical support:
Email: universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk
Tel: 0161 850 2004
General enquiries:
Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 275 4499

 

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.
 
Please see link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria that you should address in your application.

 

For recent publications relevant to the project see: Nature, 2017, 548, 439; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 18714; Nature Chem., 2017, 9, 578.

You should have, or be working towards, a PhD or equivalent in synthetic organometallic chemistry. Expertise in air sensitive actinide synthesis using Schlenk and glove box techniques and the characterisation of products by single crystal XRD, elemental analysis, cyclic voltammetry, SQUID, UV/Vis, IR, Raman and multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, are all essential. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and leading a research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

The start date is 1st October 2019, or soon after, and the position is available for one year.

The School of Chemistry is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education.  The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance.  We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit.  For further information, please visit http://www.chemistry.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/athena-swan/
            
Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Dr David Mills
Email: david.mills@manchester.ac.uk 

General enquiries:
Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Email: universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk
Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria that you should address in your application


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