Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ultra-low Temperature Physics

Oxford, UK
23 Jun 2022
23 Jul 2022

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Assistant posts in Ultra-low Temperature Physics at the Department of Physics, University of Oxford. 

Both posts are available for 2 years, with a possibility of extension to 3 years. 

This project will develop an ultra-low-vibration microkelvin refrigerator for use with ultra-high-Qmechanical oscillators. 

The ideal PDRA candidate will have a combination of specialized knowledge, skills and successful experience in the following research areas:

  • Microkelvin Refrigeration;
  • 3He/4He Dilution Refrigeration;
  • High-field Superconducting Magnets;
  • Microkelvin Instrument Design and Fabrication;
  • Ultra-low Vibration Techniques;
  • Superconducting Quantum Inference Devices;
  • Ultra-high-Q Mechanical (Torsional) Oscillators;
  • Quantum State Sensing & Qubits ;
  • High-frequency Data Acquisition and Control Electronics;
  • Data Management, Analysis.

Applicants should hold a PhD in experimental ultra-low temperature physics. Demonstrated skills should include capability to design, fabricate and procure components, assemble, integrate, test and operate ultra-low temperature scientific instruments. 

They must have the ability to lead ultra-low temperature research, generating consequential and fundamental scientific discoveries, whilst managing and coordinating academic research and administrative activities of themselves and the ultra-low temperature physics research team. 

The successful candidates will be able to adapt and develop; new and existing scientific techniques plus experimental protocols to the research objectives of the project. They must also be able to test hypotheses and analyse scientific data from ultra-low temperature research instruments. 

More information about the requirements for this role can be found on the Job Description, the link to which is below. 

Supplementary Information on the Department/Research Centre and the post is available at the following URLs: 

Please direct enquiries about the role to Prof. J.C. Séamus Davis. Contact: