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Research Fellow in Experimental Nuclear Physics - Nuclear Spectroscopy and Metrology

Department of Physics

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £31,302 to £32,236 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Tuesday 23 July 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 25 August 2019
Reference:  053519

STFC-funded postdoctoral research position in EXPERIMENTAL NUCLEAR PHYSICS at the University of Surrey

Nuclear Spectroscopy and Metrology  is to support our research theme exploring the structure of heavy nuclei by gamma-ray spectroscopy and related methods at experimental facilities including GSI/FAIR; IPN-Orsay and Argonne National Laboratory as part of the FATIMA and DESPEC collaborations. The position will involve the application and utilisation of fast-timing gamma-ray spectrometric techniques using LaBr3:Ce and HPGe gamma-ray detectors. In the first instance, the successful candidate will partially within the nuclear metrology group at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) using LaBr(Ce) detector arrays to realise absolute standards of radioactive materials as part of the STFC Impact Accelerator Account held at the University of Surrey. Experience in digital data acquisition, event-by-event analysis of such data using formats such as ROOT would be an advantage for this position, which is due to start from September 2019.

The successful candidates will join an established group studying nuclei of structural and astrophysical interest at the limits of accessibility, using a full range of experimental techniques. Candidates should have a proven track record of research contributions in experimental nuclear physics. Previous experience in the relevant spectroscopic techniques and data analysis methods would be an advantage.

The Experimental Nuclear Physics group at the University of Surrey  undertake research including fundamental theoretical and experimental nuclear physics, radiation physics and applications. The PDRAs will join an established group studying isomeric and beta-unstable nuclei at the limits of experimental accessibility, nuclear structure phenomena and reactions pertinent to astrophysical scenarios using gamma-ray and charged-particle. Candidates should have a proven track record of research contributions in experimental nuclear physics. Our research also benefits from close collaboration with the Nuclear Theory Group in Surrey. For further information about the Surrey Nuclear Groups please see 

The position is available for up to 18 months in the first instance.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professors Paddy Regan (; Zsolt Podolyak ( or Wilton Catford ( 

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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,302) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£32,236).

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