Quantum Sensors Research Scientist

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RAL Space, STFC - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus​, Didcot, OX11 0QX, UK
31 August, 2018


RAL Space
STFC - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus​
Didcot OX11 0QX
United Kingdom

Brief Description

  • Salary: £30,357 - £41,988
  • Grade: RC-D or RC-E (depending on experience and qualifications)
  • Contract Type: Open-Ended
  • Hours: Full Time (would consider splitting the post between 2 part-time staff at 50% of full time each).
  • Closing Date: 31st August 2018



About us
The Quantum Sensors Group within the RAL Space Imaging Systems Division was established in 2014 to position STFC at the forefront of the development of quantum sensor technologies for space applications. The foreseeable and considerable growth in the quantum sector called for an in-house capability in the engineering and space-qualification of technologies for space applications of quantum atomic interferometers, clocks and emerging secure communications techniques. The group has established a Cold Atoms laboratory, enjoys an increasing portfolio of project work and now needs to expand to be meet growing project demands and to further develop our capabilities.

About the role
RAL Space is looking for an experienced Cold Atom/Quantum Optics Physicist to contribute to our increasing project portfolio, initially in the development and commissioning of the RAL Space Atom Interferometer and its optimisation for space applications. 

Your duties will be as follow:

  • design and documentation of technologies and experimental facilities relating cold atom interferometers, atomic clocks and other quantum sensors
  • contribute to the establishment of partnerships with research institutes, universities and industry in the field of quantum sensors
  • contribute to project reviews, design reviews and progress meetings, within the UK and abroad
  • write specifications, test plans, test reports and other documentation as required
  • lead in and/or contribute to proposal preparation and costing
  • interact with external customers/suppliers during visits
  • report to the Quantum Sensors Group Leader, the Imaging Systems Division Head, Divisional Group Leaders and senior project staff as appropriate.

Organization Description
UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

For further details visit http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc245888_8448.aspx or contact tristan [dot] valenzuela [at] stfc [dot] ac [dot] uk