Research Associate in Laser Ion Sources for Nuclear Physics - #1134591

The University of Manchester

Date: 1 week ago
City: Manchester
Contract type: Contractor
Work schedule: Full day
The University of Manchester


£36,024 to £44,263
Grade 6, per annum depending on relevant experience

Full Time


16th May 2024

23rd May 2024


Job reference: SAE-025621

Salary: Grade 6 £36,024 to £44,263 per annum depending on relevant experience

Faculty/Organisational Unit: Science and Engineering

Location: Oxford Road

Employment type: Fixed Term

Division/Team: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours Per Week: 1 FTE

Closing date: 23/05/2024

Contract Duration: Fixed term from 1 June 2024 until 31 May 2026

School/Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

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We wish to appoint a motivated and enthusiastic scientist to work on the ERC Starting Grant funded project ‘ESPEN: Examining the Shape of Proton-Emitting Nuclei’ led by Dr Kara Lynch. This research project aims to perform high-resolution laser spectroscopy on proton-emitting nuclei for the first time, utilising a variety of high-resolution laser spectroscopy techniques. The research activity is based at ISOLDE-CERN, FRIB and Manchester. 

The successful candidate will lead the developments needed to study proton-rich nuclei using the Perpendicularly Illuminated Laser Ion Source Trap (PI-LIST) apparatus at ISOLDE-CERN. They will contribute to the development of resonance ionization spectroscopy schemes for the study of proton-rich nuclei, and assist with the planning, installation and development of an off-line laser scheme development setup at the University.

The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant field of experimental nuclear physics. Knowledge of the operation and development of laser ion sources for the production of radioactive isotopes is essential.  In addition, knowledge of in-source laser spectroscopy techniques with low-energy radioactive ion beams for atomic and nuclear physics studies is essential. Knowledge of tuneable laser systems used for resonance ionization spectroscopy, radiofrequency generation and delivery for ion sources and ion guides, and experience in improving the spectral resolution of laser ion sources is essential.

What you will get in return:

  • Fantastic market leading Pension scheme

  • Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme

  • Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays

  • Additional paid closure over the Christmas period

  • Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Hybrid working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Any recruitment enquiries from recruitment agencies should be directed to ***************

Any CV’s submitted by a recruitment agency will be considered a gift.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Kara Lynch

Email:  **********

General enquiries:

Email: ***************

Technical support:

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

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