Research Fellow

Contract Full-time University of Birmingham
  • Post Date : June 3, 2021
  • Salary: £42792
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Job Description

Research Fellow – Physics and Astronomy – 97458 – Grade 7

– (210000UJ)

Position Details

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Physics and Astronomy

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year

Grade 7

Full time

Fixed term contract until 31st March 2024

Closing Date: 14th June 2021


To contribute to the development and demonstration of new experimental techniques for cavity-enhanced quantum sensing with cold atoms.

Summary of Role

  • Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bids
  • Build, maintain, and operate an experiment comprising cold atoms in an optical cavity
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • Contribute to generating funding
  • Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below:

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Acquire, analyse, and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new theoretical understanding
  • Disseminate research findings via publications, research seminars, public engagement, etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader

Person Specification

  • PhD in experimental atomic and/or optical physics
  • Experience with some or all of: cold atoms, nonlinear optics, laser systems, high-finesse optical cavities, photonics and optoelectronics, analogue and digital electronics, ultrahigh vacuum, imaging systems, photon counting, computer control and data acquisition/analysis
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly and effectively
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods – experimental, theoretical, and computational – and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort

For informal enquiries about this role, please contact Jonathan Goldwin –

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Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Work Locations University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT
Job Academic Non-clinical
Organization Physics and Astronomy
Schedule Temporary
Job Posting 30.05.2021, 6:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description) Grade 7
Salary (Pay Basis) 30,942.00
Maximum Salary 42,792.00
Advert Close Date 14.06.2021, 5:59:00 PM
Fixed Term Contract End Date 30.03.2024

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