Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC254699
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £31305 - £46300
Date Posted 11 August 2020
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 01 September 2020
How to Apply
Salary: £31,305 to £37,028 or £38,969 to £46,300 (depending on experience and inclusive of potential annual allowances)
Grade: UKRI-D or UKRI-E (depending on experience)
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time (Part time to a minimum of 80% or job share at 50% by two candidates would be considered)
Closing Date: 1st September 2020
The RAL Space's Quantum Sensors Group within the Imaging Systems Division was setup in 2014 to position STFC in the forefront of the Quantum Sensor for Space technology development. In particular, due to the foreseeable developing market, to build "in-house" capabilities for space applications of Atomic Interferometers, Clocks, and other related Quantum Technologies. The group has setup a Cold Atoms laboratory, is running a number of projects, and is now willing to expand to be able to further develop the capabilities. Therefore, RAL Space is looking for an experienced Cold Atom/Quantum Optics physicist to contribute, among other projects, to the development and commissioning of the RAL Space Cold Atom Chip and to an Atom Interferometer and their optimization for space applications.
Your responsibilities would be to:
Design and documentation of technologies and experimental facilities relating cold atom interferometers, atomic clocks, and other quantum sensors
Contribute to the establishment of partnerships with research institutes, universities and industry in the field of quantum sensors
Contribute to project reviews, design reviews, and progress meetings, within the UK and abroad
Lead on the writing of specifications, test plans, test reports and other documentation as required
Lead in (Band E) and/or contribute (Band D) to proposal preparation and costing
Take responsibility for the effective management of risk and safety measures (Band E)
Interact with external customers/suppliers during visits
Report to the Quantum Sensors Group Leader, the Imaging Systems Division Head, Divisional Group Leaders, and senior project staff as appropriate.
UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.
The following criteria are will be assessed at the Short-listing (S), Interview (I) or both (S&I) stages of the recruitment process.
Degree in Physics, Engineering or equivalent experience (S)
Ph.D. in Cold Atom Physics or Experimental Quantum Optics for Band E (S)
Demonstrable postgraduate experience in the area of Experimental Atomic Physics or Quantum Optics for Band D (S)
Excellent written, oral and presentational skills (S & I)
Experience presenting at conferences or workshops (S)
Good PC literacy skills; Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint being essential (S)
Inventive and lateral thinking (I)
Excellent attention to detail (S&I)
Good Quality Cover Letter (S)
Highly self-motivated (I)
Able to work individually and as part of a team (I)
Excellent verbal communications skills including the ability to explain technical concepts effectively (I)
Experience in computer programming (Matlab, Python, or other programming languages) (S & I)
Experience managing small teams ( for Band E) (S&I)
Project Management experience (for Band E) (S&I).
Experience with experimental manipulation of cold atom gases, atom laser cooling techniques, laser spectroscopy (S)
Knowledge of cold atom physics, Bose-Einstein condensates, quantum sensors (S&I)
Knowledge of the use of analytical and modelling tools (Matlab, Mathematica, etc) (S)
Knowledge of CAD tools (Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, etc) (S)
Knowledge of programing experiment control systems. (S)
Experience dealing with external suppliers and customer (S)
Experience in proposal preparation and costing (for Band E) (S&I).
UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.
To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.
Polaris House is located next to Swindon Train Station and has excellent public transport links. Limited parking subject to waiting list (Swindon site only).
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.
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