Post Doctoral Research Associate (Ice Aggregation Studies)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Archive Date: 
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
The Open University
Department Name: 
School of Physical Sciences
Street Line 1: 
Faculty of STEM
Street Line 2: 
The Open University
Street Line 3: 
Walton Hall
City: 
Milton Keynes
State/Province: 
Buckinghamshire
Zip/Postal: 
MK7 6AA
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Post Doctoral Research Associate (Laboratory Astrophysics: Ice Aggregation Studies)

Fixed-term contract until 31st March 2020

The School of Physical Sciences at the Open University, UK, invites applications for a fixed-term postdoctoral researcher in Laboratory Astrophysics. 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, and to establish if this process can generate gas-phase water in the same regions.

You will continue the development of a novel instrument, designed to study the aggregation of ensembles of icy grains. You will be expected to lead the day-to-day experimental work, data analysis and resulting scientific publications. The first two key experiments will focus on the aggregation of solid mm-sized icy grains, and porous-mm to cm-sized icy grains. The third experimental objective will focus on quantifying the collision induced outgassing of water. Some of the experiments will be conducted in microgravity environments in addition to the OU Astrochemistry Laboratories.

You will have a PhD in Experimental Physics, Physical Chemistry or Laboratory Astrochemistry or a  related experimental field, and will be experienced in working with at least two of the following laboratory technologies: ultra-high vacuum, mass spectroscopy, cryogenics, ultra-fast video imaging. Additionally, you will have experience of experiment development and experimental computer control and 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: February 28 2018

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-ice-aggregation-studies-14377 or email STEM-Recruitment@open.ac.uk.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$22228.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$28967.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
Salary will be paid in UK pounds sterling in the range £29,799 to £38,833 per annum
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Fiona McGavin
Title: 
Staffing Adviser
Institution/Company: 
The Open University
Department Name: 
Faculty of STEM
Street Line 1: 
Walton Hall
City: 
Milton Keynes
State/Province: 
Buckinghamshire
Zip/Postal Code: 
MK7 6AA
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Phone: 
+44 (0) 1908 858110
Email: 
STEM-Recruitment@open.ac.uk
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dr Helen Fraser
Email: 
helen.fraser@open.ac.uk