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Research Fellow in Laser Spectroscopy of Cold Radioisotopes and Isomers

Physics and Astronomy

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 21st Dec 2021
  • Salary: £36,770 - £44,388 per annum
  • REF: 1881465
  • Closes: 16th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The Laser Cooling group at UCL, led by Professor Ferruccio Renzoni, has recently setup a facility for laser cooling and trapping of caesium radioisotopes and isomers. The facility is located at the University of Jyvskyl (Finland). The group is currently working towards the demonstration of laser cooling and trapping of nuclear isomers. The aim of the project is to address an unsolved puzzle in nuclear physics by using an atomic physics approach (laser spectroscopy and cold atoms). A major component of the project will be the demonstration of laser cooling and trapping of caesium radioisotopes and isomers. The post-holder will typically spend about 30% of the time in Jyvskyl, and the rest of the time at UCL.

This position is funded for 2 years in the first instance, with a start date of March 1st 2022 or immediately thereafter.

Key Requirements

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Experimental Physics, and a solid background in laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms. Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary 32,217 -33,958 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Shanice Thomas, shanice.thomas@ucl.ac.uk, (+44 (0)20 7679 3943).

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to f.renzoni@ucl.ac.uk (Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7019).

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

16 Jan 2022

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