University of Oxford, Department of Physics

Position ID:Oxford-Department of Physics-APTF1 [#15543, 143637]
Position Title: Associate Professor (or Professor) in Atomic and Laser Physics (High Energy Density Science)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3RH, United Kingdom [map]
Subject Area: Science Education
Appl Deadline:2020/01/10 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/11/19, finished 2020/07/12, listed until 2020/05/19)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Physics proposes to appoint an Associate Professor (or Professor) in Atomic and Laser Physics (High Energy Density Science – HEDS). The successful candidate will also be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at Trinity College. The post is available from 1st June and the appointee is required to commence in the post by 31st July 2020.

The combined University and College salary will be in the range £48,114 to £64,605 per annum, plus a housing allowance from the College of 15,000 p.a. (or college accommodation subject to availability)). An allowance of £2,804 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title. Full Professors also have access to further merit-based pay awards.

The Associate Professor will join a vigorous community of physicists exploiting high-power optical lasers and X-ray free-electron-laser (FEL) technology to create, diagnose, and understand matter at extremes of temperature and pressure, such as may be found within the interiors of planets, stars, and, for example, during inertial-confinement fusion implosions. The group at Oxford, and the CLF at STFC, have played leading roles in the development of the recently commissioned HED instrument at the European XFEL in Hamburg. The purpose of this appointment is to recruit an experimental physicist who can help exploit the UK’s significant investment in this, and other HED-relevant facilities worldwide, and to develop further our understanding of extreme states of matter. Whilst the post is for an experimentalist, the post holder will be expected to work closely with theorists, and currently several members of the department straddle the experiment-theory divide. For the first five years, there will be a partial secondment of the University component of the post to STFC’s Central Laser Facility, under arrangements described in the Further Particulars.

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in physics, or a related subject, and will have a proven record of high quality creative research in HEDS at an international level. They will be an excellent teacher at undergraduate and graduate level. They will be expected to develop a world-leading research programme addressing the fundamental challenges in our understanding of extreme states of matter, to teach at undergraduate and graduate level, and to participate in administration of both Trinity College and the Physics Department.

Further particulars, containing details of the application procedure and of the duties, may be obtained below. Enquiries about the departmental role may be made to Professor Simon Hooker at Enquiries about the college role should be addressed to

The closing date for applications is noon (UK time) on 10th January 2020. Please quote departmental reference 143637 on all correspondence. Applicants should ensure that their referees send letters to by the same deadline.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held in Oxford in the period 12 – 14th February 2020, inclusive. Applicants must be able to take up their post by 31st July 2020.

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