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Research Associate in Experimental Nuclear Physics
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-016572

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/05/2021

Salary: £32,816 - £40,322 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Until 31 July 2024

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate in nuclear physics to participate in the study of single-particle structure of exotic nuclei using transfer reactions as a probe. The project is also concerned with the implementation of a new technique for probing the fission process via measurements of transfer-induced fission using a solenoidal spectrometer and an array of heavy-ion detectors for fission fragments.

The successful applicant will assist with research concerning transfer-reaction studies, using stable and radioactive beams. These studies will predominantly use solenoidal spectrometers such as ISS, HELIOS and SOLARIS, at ISOLDE-CERN (Geneva), Argonne National Laboratory (USA) and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (USA), respectively. Whilst the successful candidate will be based at The University of Manchester, the position will involve time spent using these facilities. There are some opportunities to initiate new research within the overall aims of the project.

The applicant should hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent, in a relevant area of experimental nuclear physics before taking up the position. They must have strong research interests in the area of transfer reactions and the structure of atomic nuclei. They should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, enabling them to work effectively in collaboration with national and international partners. The ability to work under your own initiative is an important aspect. They should have a demonstrable ability to carry out research effectively and contribute to research papers for publication. ​​​​​​​

Application forms and further particulars are available from our website

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education.  The Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance.  We positively welcome applications from women and other underrepresented groups for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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 will be made on merit.

Blended working arrangements may be considered                  

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

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Sean Freeman

Email: ​​​​​​​

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:

Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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