31/07/2019

Post-doctoral fellowship in laser-polarization and beta-detected NMR at CERN-ISOLDE and UNIGE


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    CERN and UNIGE
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Chemistry
    Engineering
    Physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    26/08/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Switzerland › Geneva
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2019

Within an ERC Grant hosted at CERN and UNIGE, we are looking for a hands-on experimental physicist or engineer to work at the recently built laser polarization and beta-detected NMR setups at the ISOLDE facility [1] at CERN. The experimental setup is devoted to a wide research programme using spin-polarized radioactive and stable beams [2], including fundamental physics [3], nuclear structure [6], and beta-NMR studies in liquid biology [4,5, and in the future also material science.

The post-doctoral researcher will be responsible for the ongoing upgrades to the beamline and will oversee the experiments to be performed with the improved beamline. These cover the final design and commissioning of an offline ion source and its use to laser-polarize stable nuclei, preparation of the setups to detect the degree of polarization offline, and help with commissioning a superconducting NMR magnet. In the 2nd year the post-doc will be responsible for the beta-asymmetry measurements and beta-NMR studies using short lived isotopes.

[1] M. J G Borge and K. Blaum, J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 45 (2018) 010301

[2] M. Kowalska et al., J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 44 (2017) 084005

[3] W. Gins et al., Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A 925 (2019) 24; W. Gins, PHD Thesis, KU Leuven 2019, http://cds.cern.ch/record/2654181?ln=en

[4] A. Jancsco et al., J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 44 (2017) 064003 (25pp)

[5] M. Kowalska et al., CERN-INTC-2017-071 ; INTC-P-521 and CERN-INTC-2018-019 ; INTC-P-521-ADD-1

[6] M. Madurga et al., CERN-INTC-2017-089 ; INTC-I-204

Benefits

2-year (initially) post-doctoral contract with the University of Geneva, with most of the working time at CERN-ISOLDE. Stimulating working environment both at UNIGE and at CERN-ISOLDE within a team consisting of several PhD students, a post-doc and two senior scientists. Regular interactions with other ISOLDE and UNIGE teams. Competitive salary and access to state-of-the art experimental facilities. Equal-opportunity environment independent of gender or origin.

Selection process

Interested candidates should send a short CV, motivation letter, description of relevant past experience (each as 1-2 pdf pages), and names of two persons who might be contacted for references to prof. Magdalena Kowalska at Magdalena.kowalska@unige.ch or kowalska@cern.ch. Further questions concerning the position can be directed to these emails, as well.

Additional comments

The starting date is fall 2019: september to november

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Physics
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Chemistry
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Physics: PhD or equivalent
    Engineering: PhD or equivalent
    Chemistry: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Experience in working with and maintaining experimental setups, knowledge of vacuum technologies.

Desirable: knowledge of ion source design or alternatively laser operation.

Of avantage: basic knowledge about NMR, magnet operation and RF technology.

Very good communication skills. Capability to supervise students and take responsibility for an experimental setup. Good knowledge of English.

Map Information

Job Work Location Personal Assistance locations
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
CERN and UNIGE
Switzerland
Geneva

EURAXESS offer ID: 433263

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