|Title:||Research Associate AION Project|
|Location:||Imperial Coll., London|
|Contact:||Prof Oliver Buchmueller|
Research Associate AION Project
High Energy Physics Group, Department of Physics
South Kensington Campus with international travel
Salary range: £40,215 - £47,579 per annum
Fixed Term: two years in the first instance available from 1st February 2021
The High Energy Physics Group at Imperial College London invites applications for a Research Associate position. The primary focus will be on the novel Atom Interferometer Observatory and Network (AION) project (website, paper), where the Group has major responsibilities in building a new Ultracold Strontium Laboratory at Imperial and to perform essential research and development of the underlying Strontium atom interferometry.
The AION project was recently funded by EPSRC and STFC via the Quantum Technology for Fundamental Science (QTFP) call. This programme will deliver deployable quantum technology to study dark matter and gravitational waves by constructing 10m and 100m scale instruments, paving the way for a km-scale facility, and eventually a space based detector.
The institutions involved in AION are: University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London (lead), Kings College London, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford, and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. In addition, the project is in partnership with UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Timing, Birmingham, UK, the MAGIS Collaboration, US and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, US.
The post will be based primarily in London, with work also taking place at other AION sites in the UK and MAGIS in the US. The London experiment will focus on the challenge of minimising atom shot noise, through the fast creation of large, cold, squeezed samples of Sr. The proposed experimental methods include: (1) cavity-based quantum nondemolition measurement to create squeezed states, using high, near-uniform atom-cavity cooperativity to approach the limits of unitary squeezing; (2) the continuous preparation of large samples of ultracold Sr, replacing time-separated cooling stages by stages separated in space or by internal atomic state.
You will build on the High Energy Physics and Quantum Optics and Laser Science Groups’ significant existing experience as well as the diverse expertise in the AION collaboration to help produce independent and original research, to build the new Ultra-Cold Strontium Laboratory, and to support the work and management of the AION work package hosted at Imperial.
You will hold a PhD in Experimental Physics or have an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.
You must have the following essential criteria:
· A strong background in experimental atomic, molecular and optical physics
· Technical knowledge of CW laser systems and the control of laser light
· Experience in leadership or evidence of future leadership potential
· A strong research record with clearly defined individual contributions
· Experience in taking initiative and/or developing own ideas independently
In addition, it would be desirable if you had:
· Experience working with cold atoms or molecules
· Experience in simulation of experiments
· A strong background in data analysis methods
· A strong background in the construction of new apparatus
· Experience using cold atoms for precision measurement (e.g. interferometry/clocks) or in cavity QED systems
· Experience with ultra-high vacuum systems and mechanical design
· Experience with analog electronics, RF electronics, and control loops
· Experience with laser frequency stabilisation
· Experience with data acquisition hardware and software
- Experience of working in the environment of a large international science collaboration
*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.
Applications can be made online via our website. Please go to www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search for NAT00820.
The Imperial College High Energy Physics Group has a strong ongoing experimental programme encompassing the T2K, Super-Kamiokande and future Hyper-Kamiokande experiments in Japan; the future neutrino oscillation experiment DUNE at Fermilab and SURF in the USA; the search for sterile neutrinos with SoLid in Belgium; the search for charged lepton flavour violation with COMET in Japan; the CMS and LHCb experiments at the LHC; the search for dark matter with the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment in the USA; the MICE experiment in the UK; the Atom Interferometer Observatory and Network (AION) project in the UK and the USA; SHiP and SuperNEMO activities and the development of future experiments. There are also significant accelerator, phenomenology and Grid computing programmes.
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