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Senior Laser Scientist – Amplification Systems

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Didcot, United Kingdom
Employer Description

Senior Laser Scientist – Amplification Systems

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory


£38,318 - £54,308 per annum

Full Time – Part Time minimum 30 hours per week

Fixed Term - Band E 3 years or Band F 5 years

Candidates will be appointed at Band E or Band F, depending on skills and experience


About Us

As part of UK Research and Innovation, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations and operates at a number of sites within the UK, including RAL and many more around the world. RAL is home to about 1,200 staff that work with a community of more than 10,000 scientists and engineers mainly from the research sector, which spans the scientific spectrum including energy, security, materials healthcare, life-sciences and the environment to address important challenges facing society.

What we Offer

STFC is an award-winning employer and RAL is a superb place to work – there is pioneering work going on all around the site and the environment, facilities and conditions are excellent.  RAL has a real buzz and the people working here have a profound sense of pride in what they achieve. 

Alongside an excellent working environment and comprehensive continued professional development STFC offer’s a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional career average defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies. Full details can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

Job Description

About You

Educated to PhD level in Physics (or with equivalent experience) you will be experienced in the operation and development of laser systems as well as in scientific instrument development and design. You should have a track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals and an ability to see novel solution to problems. 

We are looking for a Laser Scientist with extensive knowledge and experience of designing laser amplifiers, and ideally have experience of short pulse amplification and characterisation techniques, along with an understanding of the impact of amplifier design on contrast, wave front and phase errors, which can affect output pulse duration, and methods to control these. 

You might be experienced in the management or people and/or projects, in which case we would be keen to hear from you for the more senior opportunity. A full person specification can be found on our website.

Job Requirements

About the role

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is one of the world’s leading laser centres, providing scientists mainly from the UK and continental Europe with access to an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology.

The CLF is building a new laser centre - the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC) and is seeking new team members to help to build this and to contribute to our existing facilities. EPAC is an £81M facility that will use lasers developed by our team to drive new types of novel particle and radiation beams that can be applied to a wide range of problems in science and industry.

We are looking for a Senior Laser Scientist to develop a high energy, high pulse rate (10 Hz) titanium-sapphire (Ti:Sa) amplifier system for the EPAC facility. This final power amplifier will take the stretched seed pulse from the EPAC Front End and amplify this with particular focus on preserving the bandwidth of the generated pulses, and managing thermal effects associated with operation at high average power.

Your responsibilities will be to:

  • Contribute to the optical and mechanical design of the amplifier and multi-pass extraction scheme.
  • Contribute to the optical and performance modelling of the amplifier to ensure it meets the required specification.
  • Contribute to the design, selection, and testing of optical components.
  • Contribute to development of novel pumping schemes.
  • Contribute to the construction, alignment and commissioning of amplifier system and beam transportation stages.
  • Contribute to the development of laser diagnostics and automated control systems.

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000. 

The closing date for applications is 16th February 2020.

13 January 2020
12 February 2020
38318 – 54308
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors
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