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Position: Research Fellow - Fundamental Physics - Quantum Metrology
Institution: European Space Agency
Department: Technology, Engineering and Quality
Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands
Duties: The successful candidate will carry out research in the field of fundamental physics, with a focus on quantum metrology. Areas of research are partly chosen by the successful candidate based on his/her own expert judgements and insight into trends and developments, partly chosen by the team as to follow strategic directions of the Agency
Requirements: A degree in physics, mathematics or equivalent; PhD (completed before take up of duty) in Physics, subject of the thesis being relevant to the description of the tasks outlined above; ability for and interest in prospective interdisciplinary research; aptitude to contextualise specialised areas of research and quickly assess their potential with respect to other domains and applications; academic networking to add functioning links to universities and research institutes; ability to work in a team, while being able to work individually regarding his/her own personal research plans and directions
   
Text: ) is looking for a highly motivated young researcher in the field of Fundamental Physics Duties and Tasks theoretical or experimental discoveries in physics for their potential application and use in space systems; Follow and monitor the progress of research in are as of physics of interest to the team in order to derive and report strategic trends; Team The Advanced Concepts Team (ACT) is a group of research fellows (post docs) and young graduates fields and aim at an academic career. Its task is to monitor, perform and foster research on advanced space systems, innovative concepts and working with academia and operates as a truly interdisciplinary team bound to high scientific standards. Via its research, the team acts as a cross departmental pathfinder to explore novel, potentially promising areas for ESA and the space sector, ranging from applied to basic fundamental research topics. An important task of the team is to communicate scientific trends and results, as inpu to the strategic planning of the Agency The Research Field Fundamental physics research within the ACT is broadly defined; spanning topics from condensed matter and optics, through to gravitational and high energy physics and astronomy. For this position there is a focus on including quantum information, optics and metrology and the application of quantum effects to technology and material design as well as to other fields of physics e.g. relativistic quantum metrology. ) as well as on the overall research of the ACT and the main activities lines of ESA. Specificities of Research Fellowships in the Advanced Concepts Team The position of R esearch ellow at ESAs Advanced Concepts Team is similar to a regular academic P ost placement however with a few notable key differences: ACT RFs have no teaching obligations owever, they will likely be involved in the mentoring of oung raduate rainees and stag aires (student interns) within the team As the team does not have a professor like position, ACT RFs are academically more independent than most post docs This implies more freedom but also more responsibility for their research direc tions and approaches. ACT RF are joining a diverse, changing and interdisciplinary research team embedded in a large space ACT RFs need to actively reach out to other disciplines, to bring in their competences to interdisciplinary research projects and to encourage other researchers to join them in their core research projects (research at the intersections of disciplines). ACT RFs need to communi cate their expertise and research results internally and externally, including potential implications and importance for ESAs long term strategy. Who can apply Required Qualifications The programme is open to suitably qualified women and men. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. The Research Fellow Programme is open to nationals of the following states: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, Slovenia as an Associate Member or Canada as a Cooperating State, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS). Applicants must have obtained: a degree in physics, mathematics or equivalent; PhD (completed before take up of duty) in Physics , subject of the thesis being relevan t to the description of the tasks outlined above Additional Requirements: ability for and interest in prospective interdisciplinary research; aptitude to contextualise specialised areas of research and quickly assess their potential with respect to other domains and applications; academic networking to add functioning links to universities and research institutes; ability to work in a team, while being able to work individually regarding his/her own personal research plans and directions; natural curiosi ty and a passion for new subjects and research areas; good methodo logical and organisation skills; pplicants must be fluent in English and/or French, working languages of the Agency. A good prof iciency in English is required. Application Process and Deadlines Please fill in the online application form attaching to it, in one document only, your CV, motivation letter and your research proposal. Candidates m ust also arrange for up to three letters of reference to be sent by e mail, before the deadline, to temp.htr@esa.int mentioned in the subject of the email. Applications satisfying the general conditions for eligibility and submitted by 6 July 2017 , will be evaluated and successful applicants will be invited for an interview. All applications will be considered until the available post is filled. A first round of interview s is expected to take place in July 2017 timeframe, with the option of pre screening interviews via videoconference. Interested candidates are highly encouraged to visit the teams website: http://www.esa.int/act as well as the ESA website: http://www.esa.int/ If you have questions about the Research Fellowship in the Advanced Concepts Team, please write an email to act@esa.int
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