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Research Associate in Terahertz Acceleration
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-018699

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 25/04/2022

Salary: Grade 6, £33,309 to £40,927 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours Per Week: Full Time

Contract Duration: From 1 May 2022 until 30 April 2023

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Applications are invited for the position of Research Associate in Terahertz Acceleration. ​​​​​​​

The Cockcroft Institute is a unique collaboration between academia, national laboratories and industry with the goal of bringing together the best accelerator scientists, engineers, educators and industrialists to conceive, design, construct and use innovative instruments of discovery and lead the UKs participation in flagship international experiments. The Institute has been heavily involved in the design, commissioning and operation of the CLARA facility which is capable of delivering a highly stable, highly customisable, short pulse, high quality electron beam to a series of test enclosures. This facility is able to deliver a capability for the cutting edge development and qualification of advanced accelerator systems and techniques.

We are seeking a Research Associate to join the Terahertz Accelerator Group. The primary objective of this project is to develop a high power ultrafast terahertz radiation source suitable for use in the terahertz-based manipulation of the 5-50 MeV electron beams provided by the CLARA facility at STFC Daresbury Laboratory. To achieve this goal will require the development of a laser-driven high field strength terahertz radiation source. The post will also require close collaboration with Cockcroft Institute members in ASTEC and other universities.

The successful candidate is expected to liaise effectively with our collaborators at STFC Daresbury Laboratory and the Cockcroft Institute. In addition, you are 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 (University of Manchester), and the candidate will be expected to work both at the Cockcroft Institute (, and within the laser laboratories of the THz acceleration group ( at Manchester and Lancaster University, as required.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/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 achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

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: Dr Darren Graham


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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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