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Assistant Professor in Experimental Particle Physics

Permanent position.

The Department of Physics at the University of Warwick seeks to make an academic appointment in its Experimental Particle Physics (EPP) Group. We invite applications from outstanding particle physicists able to take a significant role in our research programme with the ATLAS detector at the LHC.

The Warwick EPP Group is the youngest in the UK and currently consists of 11 academics (including a Royal Society and an STFC Rutherford Fellow) driving a research programme that covers Energy Frontier Physics, Quark Flavour Physics, Neutrino Physics plus R&D developing accelerators and detectors for future experiments. Our research is supported by 11 PDRAs, a Group Research Engineer, technicians, graduate students and an STFC IPS Fellow.

The Warwick ATLAS Group, led by Prof. Bill Murray, have made substantial contributions to the ATLAS trigger and physics analysis and have held several coordination roles within the collaboration. A focus of the new appointment will be a substantial role in delivering aspects of Warwick’s responsibilities for the ATLAS upgrade. The group are heavily involved in both developing the HLT for high luminosity running and the quality control of strip module detectors for the Silicon Tracker upgrade. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates who have experience with the ATLAS upgrade project and who are motivated by the opportunity to exploit the detector for physics in LHC Run 3 and beyond. We also invite applications from exceptional candidates having interests aligned with any of our other areas of particle physics, who already hold an externally-funded research fellowship, or similar research funding.

The Department of Physics provides an exciting and highly supportive environment in which academics can develop their careers. At Warwick, Assistant Professor is a tenure-track position leading to appointment as an Associate Professor after successful completion of probation. The University of Warwick maintains a global outlook, has collaborations around the world, and welcomes applicants of all nationalities. We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and encourage application and enquiries from all suitably qualified candidates.

Please direct all informal inquiries to Prof. Bill Murray (w.j.murray@warwick.ac.uk)

Interview Date: 13 December 2018

Mon 22 October 2018, 10:41 | Tags: Academic, EPP

Research Fellow (74880-010)

Fixed term position for 3 years

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Group seeks to appoint a Research Fellow working on exoplanet detection and characterisation using the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

The NGTS facility is an array of twelve telescopes situated at the ESO Paranal Observatory in Chile (the site of the Very Large Telescope, VLT). The NGTS telescopes are optimised for exoplanet transit observations, and they have recently been used to discover a sub-Neptune-sized planet that is the smallest exoplanet ever found in a ground-based wide-field survey.

The successful applicant will be based at Warwick, and will be responsible for scheduling observations and operating the NGTS facility, as well as planning and carrying out maintenance of the telescope array and associated software. You will also carry out research on NGTS and TESS data with the goal of detecting new exoplanets and characterising their fundamental physical properties.

You will be an excellent communicator capable of working effectively both independently and as part of a research team. You also will possess excellent planning and time management skills to ensure your research objectives are achieved effectively.

Please direct informal inquiries to Prof Peter Wheatley (p.j.wheatley@warwick.ac.uk).

Fri 12 October 2018, 10:17 | Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics

Research Fellow (11567-010)

Fixed term position until 31 August 2021

We wish to appoint a Research Fellow for 31 months from February 2019 to work on experimental studies of quantum materials, in particular low-dimensional superconductors and magnets. This European Research Council funded project will make use of a number of mechanisms for tuning quantum materials, including a combination of high magnetic fields and applied pressures, in order to ascertain what are the important ingredients that give rise to the fundamentally and technologically significant properties these materials display. The project takes place in the context of a wider programme of materials investigation currently underway within the Superconductivity and Magnetism Group in the University of Warwick.

Candidates will have a solid background in experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science. The project involves a multi-technique approach, including electronic, magnetic and structural measurements performed under applied magnetic fields and hydrostatic pressures on organic and inorganic materials. Experiments will take place both within the Department of Physics and at international user laboratories, including high-field, neutron and x-ray facilities in the UK and abroad. We hope that towards the end of the contract, successful post holders will be well placed to develop their own applications for personal research fellowships to progress their careers.

The successful candidate will work in the Superconductivity and Magnetism Group under the supervision of Dr Paul Goddard. By the starting date, candidates should have a doctorate in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science with a strong emphasis on experimental determination of the electronic or magnetic properties of correlated electron systems. Candidates should also demonstrate proficiency in one or more of the following areas: the use of high magnetic fields; the application of high hydrostatic pressures; experiments at central facilities (e.g. neutron and x-ray scattering). They should show a strong interest and aptitude for learning new experimental techniques and a commitment to a high standard of scientific research.

Candidates will be expected to be able work within a broader research team, demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, and maintain a current knowledge of the quantum materials literature. They should be willing to play active roles in weekly progress and planning meetings for the project as well as in the dissemination of results.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Paul Goddard (p.goddard@warwick.ac.uk)

Tue 09 October 2018, 14:52 | Tags: Research, Condensed Matter