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Research Fellow in Experimental AMO Physics – Magnetic Confinement of Deuterium Atoms

University College London has a vacancy for a Research Fellow in Experimental AMO Physics – Magnetic Confinement of Deuterium Atoms

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 09 Apr 2021
  • United Kingdom | University College London
  • Date posted: 17 Mar 2021
  • Job type: Academic: postdoc
  • Disciplines: Quantum science & technology  | Engineering & instrumentation

Closing date: 9 April 2021
Interview date: TBC
Full time
Contract/Fixed term – three years in the first instance
Salary: The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £36,028–£43,533 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

We have an immediate opening for a research fellow in experimental AMO physics to work on a new project which aims to exploit quantum technologies to measure of the absolute neutrino mass.

The project will involve the design, construction and operation a new experimental apparatus at UCL in which large quantities of deuterium atoms will be magnetically confined. This prototype apparatus will be constructed in such a way that it can ultimately be operated using atomic tritium in an absolute neutrino mass measurement carried out by cyclotron radiation emission spectroscopy (CRES).

The position will involve (1) the development of a high density pulsed supersonic beam source of atomic deuterium, (2) the design and construction of an apparatus for magnetic confinement of large quantities of deuterium atoms, and (3) the characterization and optimization of the phase-space properties of the confined atoms by laser and microwave spectroscopy.

The position is funded for three years in the first instance.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in experimental atomic/molecular physics, gas-phase physical chemistry, or a related subject.

A working knowledge of vacuum techniques, optics, and hardware interfacing is required, as is the ability to analyse and write up data and to present complex information effectively to a range of audiences.

Prior experience in experiments with cold atoms is not essential, but some expertise in the experimental methods (e.g. molecular beam techniques, laser/microwave spectroscopy, cryogenic techniques, and electron/ion detection) related to the planned experiments is desirable.

Please note: 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 £31,542–£33,257 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go here and search on Reference Number 1874972.

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to

Closing date: 9/4/2021
Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.
Interview date: TBC
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