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Research Fellow in Experimental Nuclear Physics

Department of Physics

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £38,017 per annum
Fixed Term - 30/09/2024
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Thursday 10 June 2021
Closing Date:  Monday 26 July 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  032521

A postdoctoral research position in the field of experimental nuclear physics is available at the University of Surrey.  The position will support a programme of nuclear structure, funded under a recent STFC consolidated grant award.

The programme of work is aimed to contribute to the understanding of the behaviour of heavy neutron-rich nuclei under extreme conditions through exploitation of the new generation of exotic-beam facilities. It will focus on investigating the structural properties of nuclei, which are key to understanding both shell-gap persistence and r-process nucleosynthesis. It will explore phenomena such as prolate-oblate shape evolution and K-isomerism, which are highly sensitive to the details of nuclear models. Objectives include understanding the evolution of collective nuclear properties such as quadrupole and triaxial deformations with increasing neutron number, and probing the limits of effective shell-model interactions for neutron-rich nuclei.

The postdoctoral researcher’s responsibility will include the technical organisation of overseas experiments, setting up complex detector arrangements and maintaining the STFC funded LaBr3 fast-timing FATIMA array and associated electronics. The position will involve work with radioactive rare isotope beams at laboratories including GSI/FAIR, CERN/ISOLDE, RIKEN etc. The candidate will be encouraged in the development of their own research programme.

The successful candidate will be an integral member of the experimental nuclear physics group and will be involved in the activities aimed to study the structure of heavy neutron-rich nuclei.  They will join an established group studying isomeric and beta-unstable nuclei at the limits of experimental accessibility, using gamma-ray, charged-particle and storage-ring techniques. Candidates should have a proven track record of research contributions in experimental nuclear physics.

Informal enquiries about this vacancy can be made to Professor Zsolt Podolyák (,  Professor Paddy Regan ( and Professor Alison Bruce (

The position is fixed term for 3 years.

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