University of Oxford, Department of Physics

Position ID:Oxford-Department of Physics-PDRA1 [#26966, 169982]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Extreme Laboratory Astrophysics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3RH, United Kingdom [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics / Theoretical Astrophysics
Appl Deadline: (posted 2024/01/08, listed until 0000/00/00)
Position Description:    

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) position in Extreme Laboratory Astrophysics. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2.5 years. The PDRA will lead a new approach to the understanding of extreme astrophysics (Blazars’ Jets and Gamma Ray Bursts) using laboratory experiments performed at large accelerators’ facilities such as CERN, SLAC and Laboratory Nazionali di Frascati (INFN, Italy). The basic idea is that of generating ultra-relativistic beams of electrons and positrons and then observe their propagation through an ambient plasma. We are interested at the formation of instabilities as well as the self-generation of magnetic fields and the corresponding synchrotron and inverse Compton scattering processes. The PDRA will lead a team of scientists in experiments aimed at studying the detailed micro-physics of these astrophysical objects – providing data that cannot be obtained from satellite observations, or too difficult to calculate given the limitations in spatial and temporal and resolution scales that computer simulation can nowadays achieve. In addition, the PDRA will also explore the interaction of high-intensity laser beams with particle beams to study the most extreme astrophysical environment in the laboratory. We expect the successful candidate to be involved in the planning, execution and analysis of experiments at accelerator facilities and high power laser facilities. They will also perform data analysis (with appropriate computational methods) and interact with the theory team for the understanding of the results. We also expect Machine Learning techniques to be used/deployed in the data analysis. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach. This may include lecturing, small group teaching, and tutoring of undergraduates and graduate students. Applicants should hold a PhD, or be close to completion in physics or a related field and have a strong background in plasma physics. Candidates are expected to be able to work in a multidisciplinary environment. Please direct enquiries about the role to Prof and Prof

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