Higher or Senior Research Scientist Optical Cavity and Ultra-Stable La

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National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
31500.00 - 43000.00 GBP Annual
29 Jul 2017
26 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Higher or Senior Research Scientist Optical Cavity and Ultra-Stable Laser Development
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Location: Teddington
Type: Permanent
Salary: GBP31,500 - GBP43,000
Closing date: 3rd September 2017

The UKs National Physical Laboratory sits at the intersection between scientific discovery and real world application as one of the world's top three National Measurement Institutes. Every employee at NPL is central to achieving our aim of continuing to innovate and deliver scientific excellence. Our mission is to provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK's prosperity and quality of life.

Join the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) at an exciting time of growth where you will have a great opportunity to maximise Impact from science. We are bold and visionary and we believe anything is possible at NPL.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join NPL's newly established Quantum Metrology Institute in the area of ultra-stable lasers and optical cavities. The successful candidate will play a key role in the Time and Frequency Group's ( ) effort in developing ultra-stable lasers for both space and ground-based applications, including optical atomic clocks, earth observation, and space science.

This work involves the design, modelling, and building of high-finesse optical cavity systems for laser stabilisation. You will also undertake full system evaluations by locking a laser to a cavity and comparing stability against a second system. Much of this work is collaborative and you will be liaising with our European partners. This research area is part of a wider UK quantum technologies initiative, which aims to translate quantum physics research to commercial products.

The ideal candidate will be qualified to PhD level in Physics, or a related subject, preferably with post-doctoral research experience. We are seeking an enthusiastic research physicist who is self-motivated and able to work as part of a team. Knowledge and experience of laser frequency stabilisation, optics, frequency metrology, electronic design, finite element modelling and vacuum technology would be beneficial in the role, although training can be provided. Previous experience working with ultra-stable optical cavities would be advantageous.

Please note that this role will be at either a Higher Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist level so salary on offer will be relevant to your experience levels. For more information please contact . Due to high volumes of applications only successful candidates will be contacted 10 days after the closing date.

Based in a unique, purpose-built research environment, we are located in beautiful surroundings on the edge of Bushy Park, south-west London with a host of onsite facilities. These include a subsidised cr??che, restaurant and free parking.

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