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External Experiments Lead Scientist – Job Ref 88

We are looking for a motivated and experienced scientist to organise and manage experiments at external, international facilities. In this newly funded role, which comes with a dedicated budget, you will be expected to rapidly grow the number of external experiments First Light Fusion funds and collaborates in. The aim of these experiments is to push forward our scientific knowledge and understanding of our target designs using conditions and/or diagnostics we cannot currently access internally.

Your role will manage, facilitate and actively participate in these experiments from end to end, including: identifying scientific questions; bidding for time; budgeting; experimental design; carrying out the experiments; analysis and reporting. This role sits within the Experimental Physics team and will work closely with the CTO and Head of Experimental Physics. You will be expected to network and utilise your own experience and that of others at First Light to make the most use of time on these facilities

Your role will also involve an aspect of facilitation. As the number of external experiments increases, it is not expected that you would be required to directly lead all efforts. Your role will include working with others in the team to help them lead their own external experimental campaigns.

Facilities we may expect to work at are ESRF, Omega, RAL, Gekko laser Osaka, Laser Megajoule, Magpie or other University laboratories.

At times where there is spare capacity from your role working on external experiments, you will work with the Experimental Team on in-house experiments.

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Please upload a covering letter / supporting statement and CV using the online application form on this page. The post will remain open until filled. Two referees should be available on request. Informal enquiries may also be addressed to:


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