Postdoctoral researcher position at the University of Edinburgh

There is an opening for a 2 year (in the first instance) appointment as a postdoctoral researcher with the nuclear physics group of the University of Edinburgh. The successful candidate will be based in Edinburgh and carry out experiments at the Jefferson Lab facility in the USA ( and the MAMI microtron facility in Mainz, Germany ( The candidate will play a key role in realizing the science from our experiments at these facilities, which exploit electromagnetic beams to improve our understanding of strongly interacting matter.

Our research covers topics in both nuclear and hadron physics. Recent research includes accurate determination of neutron skins and measurements to establish the excitation spectrum of the nucleon. Further details of our research are available on the group webpages ( We are looking to appoint a dynamic physicist and there will be good opportunities to develop further new proposals at these facilities.

The Edinburgh group are spokespersons on future experiments exploiting the forward tagger at CLAS12 at the upgraded Jefferson Lab. You would be expected to contribute significantly to this future program including to the design and construction of new equipment.

Previous postdoctoral experience in nuclear or hadron physics is desirable although exceptional researchers at an earlier stage will be considered.

The closing date for applications is 7th August 2012. The post can start as early as 1st Sept 2012 but will remain open until a suitably qualified candidate is found. The salary range for the post is £30,122 to £35,938 dependent on experience.

The Edinburgh nuclear group is diverse and includes research in nuclear astrophysics, direct dark matter searches and the application of laser plasma accelerated beams. The University of Edinburgh was ranked in the top 20 of world universities for the recent QS survey in 2011. The University is a member of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (

To apply please go to the link below:

Informal inquiries about the position are welcome and should be directed to Dr Daniel Watts (