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Professor in Novel Methods of Particle Acceleration          

Salary range: £62,769 – £80,066

The Cockcroft Institute and the Physics Department at Lancaster University is seeking to appoint a (full) professor of physics who will lead experimental research in novel methods of particle acceleration at Lancaster and play a leading role in this research at the Cockcroft Institute, along with colleagues from the other partners (the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Strathclyde, and STFC Daresbury Laboratory). We are interested in all types of novel acceleration including plasma wakefield acceleration (laser-, electron or proton-driven) and direct laser or (laser generated) THz radiation driven acceleration in dielectric and/or photonic-bandgap structures. Access to dedicated experimental facilities will be available at Daresbury Laboratory (VELA/CLARA electron linacs & high power lasers), Strathclyde’s SCAPA labs (350/40 TW lasers), the Central Laser Facility at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and elsewhere.

The appointee will also carry out undergraduate & postgraduate teaching duties, including supervision of PhD students, in the Lancaster Physics Department and at the Cockcroft Institute. Candidates should have a PhD in accelerator physics, particle physics, plasma physics, laser science, electrical engineering or a related discipline, with an outstanding research and publications record in novel methods of particle acceleration, and demonstrable leadership qiualities.

An attractive start-up package is available to the successful applicant, including postdoctoral research associates, PhD students and a well-equiped laser laboratory in the Physics Department at Lancaster University for the exclusive use of this research group. Furthermore, the University is willing to appoint a lecturer (equivalent to an assistant professor) in the Department as soon as possible to support the research of the successful applicant.

The Cockcroft Institute, a unique collaboration between universities, STFC and industry, brings together the best accelerator scientists, engineers, educators and industrialists to conceive, design, construct and use innovative instruments of discovery and to lead the UKs participation in flagship international experiments. The Institute has been involved in the development of the UKs first Free Electron Laser (FEL) on the ALICE accelerator test facility and is contributing towards development of an ambitious FEL test facility (CLARA) to advance worldwide FEL research. It has a strong collaboration with CERN in the areas of LHC and its various upgrades and future developments in high energy accelerators, including the AWAKE experiment for proton driven plasma wake field acceleration, and with the ESS at Lund. In the last few years it has greatly expanded its activities in novel methods of particle acceleration and the production intense radiation sources. The juxtaposition of expertise in advanced accelerator concepts along with access to engineering support, conventional accelerator technology, knowledge of large-facility operation and auxiliary systems will make the Institute a focal point for future developments in this important and vibrant field. The Institute is housed in a dedicated building at the heart of Daresbury Laboratory, one of the two major national accelerator laboratories in the UK.

Lancaster University is consistently ranked amongst the top ten universities in the UK by all of the major national newspapers. The Physics Department was ranked first nationally overall in RAE2008, and it was ranked second for internationally leading publications in REF2014. The Department has over 50 academic staff (faculty) distributed across a remarkably broad range of high calibre internationally connected research groups.

Informal enquiries about the Institute may be made to the Director, Professor Peter Ratoff, . For information about the Lancaster Physics Department, please contact the Head of Department, Professor Roger Jones, .

More information about the post and details about how to apply will soon be found at . The deadline for applications is 10th July 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit the University and the Cockcroft Institute in July, and the formal interviews have been scheduled for 8th September 2017. The University and the Institute strongly desire to have the new appointee take up their post at Lancaster by January 2018 at the latest.

We are strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our Institute and Department.

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