The AWAKE project is always looking for new collaborators to strengthen and complete the team.


Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the John Adams Institute: AWAKE project

Particle Physics, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the John Adams Institute: AWAKE project. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 24 months, with the possibility of extension for 12 months. This project AWAKE Run 2 aims to demonstrate the sustained acceleration of high-quality electron beams.

In Run 2 the electrons will be injected into the stable plasma wakefield after the saturation of the proton beam self-modulation (currently proposed by splitting the plasma cell into two). As a first step it is proposed to use the 20 MeV electron beam for injection studies into the 2nd plasma cell. Feasibility studies of such a new injection region in a modified area need to be done, including tracking studies with space charge effects and imperfections. The injection region needs to be designed, taking into consideration the installation of additional diagnostics, a complex plasma cell system, the experience gained during the Run 1 operation, and the limits of the current electron beam line. Any new equipment needs to be specified, and the production, installation and commissioning of the modified beamline followed up. In a second step a high energy electron beam at the order of 100 MeV has to be studied, including matching the source and line parameters, taking account of focusing and steering at the plasma cell, diagnostics, stability, reproducibility, operability, and civil engineering constraints.

The JAI has recognised expertise in beam dynamics, instrumentation, and feedback and control of beams at advanced particle accelerators. We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the team working on the AWAKE electron beamline. This person will ideally be based at CERN and become an associated member of the personnel within the TE-ABT Group.

The successful candidate will: perform electron-beam tracking studies with space charge effects and imperfections and feasibility studies, and design the new AWAKE electron injection region; specify any new equipment for the modified injection beamline; coordinate the production, installation and commissioning of the modified beamline; study a higher-energy injection beamline of the order of 100 MeV. In addition the successful candidate will be expected to take a lead role in the publication and presentation of results and to support the work of other team members.

Applicants should hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD/DPhil in accelerator physics, particle physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in beam dynamics. Previous experience in the field of electron beamlines will be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, plan and independently execute research activities, and work in a team. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please read the “Person Specification and Job Description” before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a Curriculum Vita, a description of research experience and interests and the names and addresses of three referees as part of your online application. In addition you should arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent to: by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters.

Informal enquiries about this post may be made to:

Only applications received promptly by 12.00 noon on 4 March 2019 can be considered.

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Mrs Sue Geddes
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01865 273353
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