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Research Associate / Senior Research Associate in Ultralow Temperature Physics

Salary:   £29,619 to £42,155
Closing Date:   Friday 24 February 2023
Interview Date:   Tuesday 28 March 2023
Reference:  1602-22

Lancaster University's Ultralow Temperature Physics research group invites applications for a Post-doctoral Research Associate. The role is being offered as research associate (grade 6) or senior research associate (grade 7) depending on the skills and experience of the preferred candidate.  


The role will involve working with members of the group to study superfluid helium-3 experimentally. A research programme will be constructed to make maximal use of the candidate’s strengths, with examples of possible focus areas being homogeneous phase transitions and their cosmological implications, building a dark matter detector, trying to melt a time crystal, and investigating the two-dimensional microstructure of three-dimensional 3He superfluidity. 


The role holder will have access to world-class facilities which include: the cooling machines, infrastructure, instrumentation and technical support of the Ultralow Temperature group; state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities in the Quantum Technology Centre cleanrooms; and IsoLab, a new ultra-quiet controlled environment laboratory. 


The successful candidate will hold (or soon hold) a PhD in experimental condensed matter physics or a related discipline, with a strong background in studying macroscopic quantum systems.  


You will join the team on an indefinite contract. However, the role is related to a specific project lasting 18 months, beyond which extension is subject to the availability of external funding. 


The Department of Physics are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. We are also strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department. 


General information about the Department can be found here.   

For informal enquiries about this post please contact EPSRC Fellow Samuli Autti 

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We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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