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Job reference: SAE-022452
Salary: Grade 6 £35,308 to £43,155 per annum, depending on relevant experience
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Science and Engineering
Location: Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington
Employment type: Fixed Term
Division/Team: Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hours Per Week: Full time
Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/07/2023
Contract Duration: 2 years
School/Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Job Description

Applications are invited for the position of Research Associate in Ultrafast Laser-Driven Terahertz Source Development for Novel Acceleration.

This exciting project is focused on developing and exploiting femtosecond laser-driven terahertz (THz) sources within the Cockcroft Institute’s THz acceleration programme at STFC Daresbury Laboratory. Together we will push the capability of THz sources, determining their ultimate limit in terms of pulse energy and conversion efficiency, and explore novel concepts for tailoring the source output. In parallel we will explore a wide range of opportunities for exploiting the THz sources developed to enhance accelerators and accelerator sub-systems. This will include using high-energy THz pulses to manipulate electron beams for optimal injection into novel accelerator schemes (such as plasma wakefields), and to provide new longitudinal diagnostic capabilities via THz-driven electron beam streaking.

You will join the Cockcroft’s Terahertz Acceleration Group a large collaborative group of University academics, STFC accelerator scientists, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students focused on the exploitation of THz radiation for novel acceleration. You will be expected to contribute to this world-leading experimental programme through the use of the group’s state-of-the-art laser systems and accelerator facilities. In addition, you will be expected to contribute to the dissemination of the research results through articles, reports, etc. in high profile scientific journals, commensurate with the length of the post. It is expected that you will attend conferences and project meetings and, when appropriate, present research findings at these.

The project will be supervised by Dr Darren Graham and Dr Morgan Hibberd (University of Manchester / Cockcroft Institute), and you will be expected to work predominantly at the Cockcroft Institute, with occasional use of the ultrafast laser laboratories of the THz acceleration group at the University of Manchester.

The post is initially for 2 years, with potential for further extension at the Cockcroft Institute grant renewal in 2025.

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

Application deadline is 14 July and interviews will be held on 26 July.

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: Dr Darren Graham & Dr Morgan Hibberd

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