Research Fellow in Compact Cold Atom Gravity Gradiometry - School of Physics and Astronomy

United Kingdom
£30,942.00 - £42,792.00
Sep 20, 2020
Oct 18, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Position Details

Area: School of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792

Band/Grade: Grade 7

Hours: Full time

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 12 months

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Closing Date: 18 October 2020

Role Purpose

We are developing portable cold atom based gravity sensing systems. The project is focused on the realisation of borehole deployable gravity sensors and demonstrating their potential benefits in a range of application areas, such as geophysical monitoring and carbon capture and storage. This requires the systems to operate at exceptional precision, while also being sufficiently compact and robust that they can be used in realistic environments.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist in the delivery of research relating to cold atom based gravity and gravity gradient sensing
  • Conduct own and original research
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under the supervision of the Project Leader
  • Collaborate with industry partners both while working on their premises and at the University of Birmingham
  • Collect research data, this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Scope of the Role
  • Work within specified research grants and projects
  • Operate within area of specialism
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • Contribute to generating funding
  • Collaborate with Industry partners.

Person Specification
  • First degree in area of specialism and normally, a higher degree relevant to research area or equivalent qualifications
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Mike Holynski;

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