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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL21027

Department: School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Salary: £34,220 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL21027
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 10-Jan-2020
Closing date: 29-Feb-2020

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Applications are invited for a 13 months Postdoctoral Research Assistant position on Laboratory Astrochemistry. 

The role will involve the laboratory study of the physics and chemistry that drive the molecular complexity observed in space by designing and performing state-of-the-art experiments in the wide spectroscopic range between VUV and THz. The candidate is expected to apply for beamtime at leading European research facilities such as FELIX Laboratory in the Netherlands (, ISA-ASTRID2 in Denmark ( and ATOMKI in Hungary (, where ultra-high vacuum end-stations dedicated to the study of interstellar and Solar System ices are currently developed and led by Dr. S. Ioppolo and collaborators. The project also involves supporting external users of the end-stations during and in preparation of their beamtime. The applicant will therefore be involved in numerous international collaborations leading to publications in top peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings in the interdisciplinary field of astrochemistry. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop skills in laboratory surface and Astro science.

This post is supported by the Royal Society. The candidate will be based in the Antennas & Electromagnetic Research Group at Queen Mary University of London, working in close collaboration with a team comprising staff from QMUL ( and Prof. dr. H. Linnartz’s laboratory group (, University of Leiden, the Netherlands.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent) in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy or a related disciplines. Practical hands-on experience with laboratory ice experiments, hands-on experience with ultra-high vacuum laboratory equipment as well as experience with photon, electron, ion irradiation of ices is essential for this position. Experience with VUV-UV-Vis, IR, THz spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, experience at large research facilities and programming experience in one or more of: Python, LabVIEW, MATLAB would be desirable, as would having familiarity with ultra-fast laser systems.

This is a full-time fixed term post for 13 months starting 1 February 2020 or as soon as feasible after this date. The starting salary will be £34,220 per annum inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme. 

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Sergio Ioppolo (

To apply, please click the link below.

The School of EECS holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered member of WISE. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

Candidates are kindly requested to upload documents totaling no more than 10 pages. Please note large documents, e.g., PhD thesis/Research papers, are not forwarded to the interview panel.

The closing date for applications is 29 February 2020.  Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


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