Postdoctoral research scientist in ultrafast laser spectroscopy: a new laser centre in Sheffield

The Faculty of Science, University of Sheffield seeks to appoint an experienced researcher to lead the building, maintaining and operating of state-of-the art ultrafast amplified laser systems for condensed phase research. The project is a joint venture of the departments of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and several Engineering departments. Our research directions include amongst others fundamental charge transport studies, organic photovoltaics, transition metal and organic photochemistry, biophysics, artificial photosynthesis, photocatalysis, and materials research. The vibrant, enthusiastic, international laser community at the University is engaged in many cross-disciplinary collaborations with the groups across the country, and world-wide (including Switzerland, Italy, Germany, USA).


The project.

Funded by the EPSRC and the Faculty of Science, the new multiuser ultrafast laser centre aims to provide advanced capabilities in femtosecond laser spectroscopy, comprising: transient absorption spectroscopy, time-resolved infrared spectroscopy (TRIR), 2D-infrared spectroscopy (2DIR), fluorescence up-conversion and time-resolved resonance Raman methods. The timescales range from sub-10 fs to microseconds; the spectral range spans UV-Vis-MidIR.


We are currently in the process of purchasing the laser system which will form the basis for the laboratory. 


The candidate:

We seek to appoint a research scientist-in-charge who will:

(i) lead building of the laboratory, with the assistance of technical staff and an experimental officer;  

(ii) ensure operation of the laboratory once built;

(iii) provide day-to-day experimental assistance supporting  cross-disciplinary science programmes in light-matter interactions.


The building and operation of the laboratory will be conducted in a close collaboration with the Laser for Science Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and overseen by an international panel of experts.


The post offers unique opportunities for wide-range collaborations and independent research in many areas of light-matter interactions.


Requirements. Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent, and some post-PhD experience in the area of laser spectroscopy, chemical dynamics, photophysics or similar.  Experience in

building laser setups using commercial amplified femtosecond lasers and OPO/OPAs, and experience in data analysis is essential. Experience in equipment control software, NOPAs and time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy will be an advantage.  


This is a full-time 3-year post in the first instance, with a start date of 01 March 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The salary is on grade 7 of the University of Sheffield scale, £29,552 to £31,342 per annum.


Informal inquiries: Dr Julia Weinstein,;

Prof Michael Towrie,


Deadline: 09 December 2014, or until the position is filled.

The job is advertise don (postdoctoral research scientist), and the university of Sheffield job vacancies website, reference number UOS009601. 

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