Available positions

Post-doc Position

There is an opening for a Research Associate to work in the groups of Professors David Cassidy and Stephen Hogan on topics related to gravity measurements via matter-wave interferometry of helium and positronium atoms in highly excited Rydberg states.

The post will involve three main areas of research: (1) design and construction of a new (anti)matter-wave interferometer for use in experiments with helium and positronium Rydberg atoms, (2) application of this matter-wave interferometer for first measurements of acceleration due to gravity with samples in high Rydberg states, and (3) critical evaluation of the sensitivity, and refinement of this interferometry scheme for measurements of antimatter gravity with Rydberg positronium atoms.

The RA will be expected to contribute to all aspects of the experiments, and will take a leading role in planning and executing research strategies, promoting the work at international conferences and engaging in outreach activities.

This project is funded by the STFC and the position is offered for 2 years in the first instance, but may be extended subject to funding considerations.

About you

The successful applicant will have a PhD, in experimental atomic physics, physical chemistry, quantum optics or a related subject. It is desirable that the candidate will have experience with pulsed laser systems, ultra high vacuum systems, basic electronics, and programming using Python. Prior experience with positron beams is not required.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,922-£32,607 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Candidates will need to upload a CV (including a list of publications), a statement of research interests and plans (3 pages maximum), and the contact information for three references. A cover letter can be included using the “Statement in Support of your Application” section of the online form. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed to the contact details as detailed on the full UCL advert by the application deadline.

How TO Apply

Further information can be found on the UCL website, or by contacting Professor David Cassidy at d.cassidy@ucl.ac.uk.

Applications can also be submitted through the UCL website before the deadline of 27th December 2022.

Other Opportunities

If you’re interested in doing your PhD with us, wish to collaborate on a research project or do an undergraduate project with us, please feel free to get in touch.