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Lecturers (Four posts) in Experimental Cold Atom Physics

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Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre, Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham, UK

Four permanent academic posts at the Lecturer level are available in the newly formed Midlands Ultra cold Atom Research Centre (MUARC) in the Schools of Physics and Astronomy at the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham. These appointments (two at each University) are part of a £9m EPSRC/HEFCE-funded Science and Innovation Award to establish MUARC as a world-class centre for cold atom research. The Centre is also supported by the Midlands Physics Alliance, a new strategic partnership between the Universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, and Warwick.


MUARC will focus on interdisciplinary research at the interface between cold atom, condensed matter, and optical physics. It will build on, and integrate with, our large established programmes in condensed matter physics, nanoscience, and cold atom/condensed matter theory – thus producing a step change in the UK's capacity for research innovation across these fields. Experimental work within the Centre will initially be undertaken by six permanent academic staff, including the recently-appointed Professor Kai Bongs (Birmingham) and Peter Krüger (Nottingham).


Ultra cold atom experimentalists are now required with a proven track record for internationally-leading work in areas including, but not limited to: bosonic and fermionic quantum gases, strongly correlated systems, long-range interactions (e.g. Rydberg atoms, ion-neutral mixtures, dipolar gases, molecules), atom-surface interactions, quantum measurement, atom-photon interfaces, and the applications of quantum gases (interferometers, sensors, quantum information processing). The focus of the Birmingham and Nottingham nodes of the centre will be on optical lattice and atom chip based experiments, respectively.


Proven ability to lead experimental projects, both independently and in collaboration, and to work closely with theoretical colleagues, is highly desirable. The successful candidates will play a key role in establishing and shaping MUARC.  They will be expected to contribute effectively to teaching in the two Schools, which were both rated Excellent by the Quality Assurance Agency.  Candidates must have a PhD in experimental Physics.

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