Job Opening at the University of Cambridge, Department of Physics

News > Announcements | August 16th, 2023

Job title: Ultra-Low Temperature High Magnetic Field Instrument Scientist (AMCS - VERSMAG Instrument Scientist)

Department/Location: Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

The Department of Physics, University of Cambridge is seeking an ultra-low temperature high magnetic field (VERSMAG) Instrument Scientist to lead activity in the Advanced Materials Characterisation Suite (AMCS) in the Maxwell Centre. The AMCS offers a range of custom measurements in state-of-the-art research facilities to a broad user community, with the support of a team of instrument scientists and research laboratory technicians. At the apex of the AMCS facility is the new bespoke VERSMAG measurement system reaching 10 mK and 22 T using the Oxford Instruments KelvinoxTLM design,and offering users a range of advanced experimental capabilities unavailable anywhere else in the world.

We are seeking a passionate and highly experienced professional in high magnetic field and cryogenic measurements to be responsible for the installation, operation and development of the VERSMAG measurement system. The successful candidate will design, operate and constantly improve technologically advanced instrumentation, cryogenics, electronics, and user-interface software for users to perform one-of-a-kind measurements under ultra-low temperature and high magnetic field conditions in the bespoke VERSMAG system. Customised measurement techniques to be developed by the successful candidate for user experiments in the VERSMAG will include electrical, thermal, magnetic, structural properties measurements at extraordinarily high levels of experimental sensitivity.

Together with the many other advanced shared research facilities in the Maxwell Centre, the Cavendish National Facility, the Royce@Cambridge, and the wider West Cambridge Campus, the AMCS with its flagship VERSMAG measurement system, forms part of a comprehensive platform for interdisciplinary research partnerships between various departments in the Schools of Physical Sciences and Technology in offering internationally leading measurement facilities to a broad user base. The VERSMAG Instrument Scientist will be at the forefront of this expansive collaboration. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing technical and scientific support in the use of the VERSMAG measurement system to a broad base of AMCS users, and will lead the continued technical and strategic development of the VERSMAG measurement system.

Candidate qualifications include a first degree / Masters / level 7 vocational qualification in a scientific or engineering discipline, with post-graduate or equivalent experience in conducting measurements at milliKelvin temperatures using dilution refrigerators and cryomagnets. Candidates must have experience and specialist knowledge in operating and troubleshooting dilution refrigerators especially in high magnetic field environments, involving the use of vacuum technology, bespoke electronics and customised data acquisition. Candidates must have experience with computer aided design (CAD) and building custom measurement techniques and probes, electronic circuit-design and analysis to develop bespoke electronics, and preparing delicate wiring and connections on experimental probes ¿ essential skills required in order to reach the highest levels of sensitivity and lowest noise levels in challenging cryogenic and high magnetic field environments. Excellent communication and organisational skills are desirable for working with a broad user base.

Salary: £39,592-£52,841

Reference: KA37225

Closing date: 31 August 2023

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