Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher - MoSaiQC - Physics and Astronomy

United Kingdom
£39,073 per annum
Sep 25, 2020
Oct 23, 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: Fixed salary of £39,073 per annum for the duration of the contract, additional allowances may be available depending on circumstances

Band/Grade: Grade 7

Hours: Full-time

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 36 months

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Closing Date: 23 October 2020

There are no restrictions on applicants' nationality, however:
  • Applicants must, at the time of recruitment, have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date that you obtained the degree that would entitle you to embark on a PhD;
  • At the time of recruitment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment under the MoSaiQC project. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

The successful applicant is expected to register for a PhD degree. Applicants should complete an application form, provide an up-to-date CV and letter of motivation, together with the names of two scientific referees.

Role Purpose

The unprecedented control over cold atoms has resulted in extremely precise measurement of time and frequencies. In our lab, we work on enabling concepts through to asking very fundamental questions at the cutting edge of science. We have Marie-Sklodowska Curie Fellowship/PhD positions within the EU-ITN-MoSaiQC ( ) aimed to train a cohort of young scientists at the frontiers of physics. These Fellows, will work on cutting edge projects developing novel concepts relevant to metrology and fundamental science. They will have access to our state-of-the art labs and will also benefit from the European Collaborations as well as from our direct link to the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology ( ).

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • 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 supervision of a project leader
  • 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 and contribute to writing bids
  • Operate within area of specialism
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • Contribute to generating funding
  • Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar

Person Specification
  • First degree in physics and normally, a higher degree relevant to research area or equivalent qualifications
  • Experience in cold atoms and optical lattice clocks
  • 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 to Dr Yeshpal Singh,

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