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The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is the UK’s provider of large scale inter-disciplinary research infrastructures and their supporting technologies, which enable UK researchers to investigate the world we live in and understand the building blocks of the universe.
Full Time Fixed Term for Two Years
Up to £26,610 – £37,534 dependent on skills and experience
Based at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
The Central Laser Facility has a vacancy within the Experimental Science Group based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to develop high brightness laser driven X-ray sources. The vacancy is a 2 year fixed term post funded through the Centre for Advanced Laser Technology Group (CALTA) to examine and develop potential X-ray sources for imaging applications requiring high penetration. The Vulcan and Gemini lasers can deliver ultra-high intensity interactions, which produce bursts of highly energetic electrons. As these electrons propagate through matter they radiate bright beams of 0.1-2 MeV X-rays in a highly directional cone.
This post will involve both modelling (using PIC and Monte-Carlo simulation packages) and conducting full experimental investigations with both the Vulcan and Gemini laser systems to determine the optimum conditions for producing such penetrating beams. As well as optimising the source, detector developments concentrating on producing high quality images in terms of resolution, contrast and sensitivity will also be undertaken. The candidate should have a history of research in this field, preferably with a PhD in this or a related subject area.
Applications are handled by the RCUK Shared Services Centre; to apply please click on the 'Apply Now' button to visit our job board, quoting reference IRC62488.
Closing date: 20 August 2012
STFC is an equal opportunity employer and promotes diversity in its workforce. We are particularly keen to consider applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce and we are positive about disability.