Post Doctoral Research Associate (Laboratory Astrophysics: Characterising Amorphous Icy Particles)
Fixed Term contract for 12 months, starting not later than Oct 1st 2018
The School of Physical Sciences at the Open University, UK, invites applications for a 1-year fixed-term postdoctoral researcher in Neutron Scattering from Condensed Matter Materials. The post involves working in the Astrochemistry Group on an STFC funded project. The overarching aim of this project is to understand how ensembles of icy interstellar grains aggregate to form ‘pebbles’ in the regions around the snowline in proto-planetary disks.
You will be involved in the production and characterisation of nano- to micron-sized icy grains that will then subsequently be exploited in the aggregation studies. You will establish the bulk and surface structure of the particles, as a function of their temporal and thermal evolution, using neutron-scattering techniques at a variety of nano- and micrometre length scales, exploiting the ISIS neutron facility at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, UK.
By the time of taking up the post, you will have a PhD in Experimental Physics, Physical Chemistry or Laboratory Astrochemistry or a directly related experimental field and will be experienced in working on neutron scattering facilities, and be familiar with neutron scattering experimental data analysis. You will also have excellent communication skills and be able to evidence strong teamwork in scientific or engineering projects, as well as demonstrating an emerging track record of peer-reviewed publications in international scientific journals.
Closing date: 28th February 2018 (12 noon)
Interview date: Interviews are expected to take place between 8th and 13th March 2018
For detailed information and how to apply go to http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/post-doctoral-research-associate-laboratory-astrophysics-characterising-amorphous-icy or email STEM-Recruitment@open.ac.uk.
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