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Experimental Post-doctoral Researcher

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Durham University, UK

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to pursue experimental research in the field of laser cooling and quantum degenerate gases within the Durham Atomic and Molecular Physics group. The position is associated with the development of a new research project funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) to study the formation, dynamics and quantum reflection of bright-matter wave solitons formed during the collapse of attractive Bose-Einstein condensates. Initially for 24 months, the position may subsequently be extended for a further 22 months.

Prospective candidates must have a Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics and will be expected to display the initiative and creativity required to lead the development of a new experimental apparatus to produce Bose-Einstein condensates of rubidium-85 in an optical dipole trap suitable for the bright matter-wave soliton experiments. Experience of magnetic and optical trapping of ultracold atomic gases is therefore highly advantageous. The ability to work in a small team and to assist in the supervision of graduate students is essential.

Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Simon L. Cornish (E-mail: for further information.

Dr. Simon L. Cornish
Royal Society University Research Fellow