Free open Job in North, South & Central America Research Associate/Senior Research Associate at University of Cambridge

The Department of Physics, the Cavendish Laboratory, invites applications for a Senior Research Associate/ Research Associate to undertake research on next-generation atom interferometry experiments. These will be sensitive to ultra-light dark matter and new fundamental interactions, and will provide a pathway towards detecting gravitational waves from astrophysical sources in the mid-frequency band (several mHz to a few Hz), thereby opening a new window on the cosmos.

The Senior Research Associate/ Research Associate will be hosted by the Department of Physics, as part of the High Energy Physics group, and will undertake research on the MAGIS (Mid-band Atomic Gravitational wave Interferometric Sensor), 100 metre tall, atomic sensor based at Fermilab, near Chicago, USA. The Senior Research Associate/ Research Associate will also participate in the development of the UK-based AION (Atomic Interferometry Observatory Network) project.

The Senior Research Associate/ Research Associate will work on the Cambridge contributions to MAGIS, namely the readout, controls and monitoring of the interferometer, and will develop the timing and controls synchronisation with the AION project.

The ultimate goal is to establish an international network and reach its ultimate sensitivity by operating the two detectors in tandem. The Senior Research Associate/ Research Associate will also play a key role in understanding the data coming from MAGIS and the program of early physics exploitation, such as macroscopic tests of quantum mechanics and searches for ultra-light dark matter.

The post is funded by the Kavli foundation for a period of 2 years, with possibility for further funding, and will commence on 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post-holder will be based at Fermilab (Chicago USA), with some travel to Cambridge (UK).

The successful candidate will have a PhD in experimental physics, and experience in readout, controls and data-acquisition for larger scale experiments. The post-holder will be expected to i) take responsibility for thereadout, controls and monitoring of the MAGIS detector, ii) develop the timing and controls synchronization with
AION, and iii) participate in the physics exploitation of MAGIS.

Appointment will be made at Research Associate level, or, for an exceptionally well qualified candidate, at a Senior Research Associate level. In this case, additional duties would include managing research budgets and programmes and identifying sources of funding. The Research Associate salary (grade 7) falls within the range £32,816 to £40,322. The Senior Research Associate (grade 9) salary falls within the range £41,526 to £52,559.

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Informal enquiries can be addressed via email to the Head of High Energy Physics, Professor Valerie Gibson (email

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Please quote reference KA21324 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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