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Senior Research Associate/Research Associate in Theory of Cold Atoms and Long-Range Radiative Dipolar Interactions

Salary:   £27,285 to £38,832
Closing Date:   Saturday 30 September 2017
Interview Date:   Friday 13 October 2017
Reference:  A2004

Applications are invited for an EPSRC funded  Postdoctoral position in theoretical cold atom physics, at the Department of Physics, Lancaster University. Cold atomic gases cooperatively coupled with light provide a rich strongly interacting quantum many-body system. The aim of the project is to study long-range dipole-dipole interactions between the atoms and their cooperative behaviour. The light-mediated interactions can be engineered and manipulated for applications in quantum technologies and to simulate novel strongly interacting quantum systems, e.g., in the context of hybrid systems of atoms and nanophotonic structures.

A suitable candidate would be a highly motivated researcher with a PhD in Physics, or in a closely related discipline and should also have an outstanding track record of research commensurate with their stage of career. Experience in one of the following topics would be advantageous: many-body physics, cold atom physics, quantum optics, computational physics, quantum physics. Experience in providing theoretical support for experimentalists can also be beneficial, as the project includes experimental collaborators, e.g. at Institute d’Optique, Paris. 

The appointment will be for around 42 months commencing on 1 November 2017 or soon after (negotiable).

The Department of Physics at Lancaster University is 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.

For informal enquiries, including further information on the project, please contact Prof. Janne Ruostekoski Email: (internet page still based at Southampton

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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