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Postdoc in Exp. Particle Acceleration, with High Power Lasers

Experimental Particle Acceleration with High Power Lasers
University of Oxford, UK
18 December 2015
2 years with possible extension to 3.5 years
Grade 7: £30,434 - £37,394 p.a. (pay award pending)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental Particle Acceleration with High Power Lasers. The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 2 years with possible extension to 3.5 years.

The origin of high-energy cosmic rays still remains a mystery, a century after their discovery. Although several different processes and astrophysical sites may be implicated, there is a consensus that diffusive shock acceleration in supernova remnants accelerates the bulk of Galactic hadronic cosmic rays, up to hundreds of TeV in energy. This project aims at providing a new route towards the understanding of cosmic ray acceleration via laboratory experiments using high powered lasers (including the largest ones in the world, notably the National Ignition Facility in California). The successful candidate will lead the planning and execution of experiments as well as analysis of the data using both numerical and analytical methods. He/she may also be involved in studying the role of turbulence in producing the observed synchrotron radiation in young supernova remnants.

Successful PDRA candidates will hold (or be about to complete) a PhD/DPhil in Physics, or a closely related field and have a strong background in plasma and laser physics. Previous experience in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics will be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellent skills in plasma diagnostics (both optical and X-rays and/or particles), as well as data analysis capabilities.

The postholder will have the opportunity to engage in teaching at Oxford.

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