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Artemis Group Ultrafast Laser Scientist Industrial Placement

Didcot, Oxfordshire

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The Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world-class research group with over 100 technical and scientific staff, providing advanced research facilities for UK and international scientists.  

Artemis is the CLF’s facility for ultrafast laser and extreme ultraviolet (XUV) science, and carries out a variety of experiments from gas-phase chemistry to materials science. The facility is based on high repetition rate, tuneable laser sources and ultra-short pulses of XUV radiation, connected by vacuum beam-lines taking the pulses to interaction chambers. Experiments on Artemis aim to use XUV pulses to track the evolution of electronic states in dissociating molecules, or during phase changes in advanced materials such as graphene. 

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Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities 

A placement position working within the Artemis Group alongside staff and visiting scientists is being offered, with an emphasis on ultrafast science by using extreme ultraviolet laser pulses. Training will be provided to work with state-of-art ultrafast lasers, various optics, large-scale vacuum systems, advanced instrumental control and data analysis. Together with staff scientists and engineers, this opportunity will be helping visiting scientists and students from UK and European research groups on setting up experiments and solving problems as they occur. Working on specific projects both independently and as part of the team to help develop the facility will be included. 

In order to apply for this role you must have:  


  • At university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry  
  • Right to live and work in the UK  
  • First two years of degree course in physics, chemistry or a closely related subject, with grades corresponding to a 2:1 or higher  
  • A-level Maths or equivalent  
  • A-level Physics or equivalent  
  • GCSE English or equivalent  
  • Experimental physics, chemistry or closely related laboratory course 
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science to solve problems  
  • Understanding relevant fundamental principles from their university course  
  • Highly motivated  
  • Able to work independently  
  • Able to work as part of a team  
  • Effective communication skills 
  • Good problem-solving skills  
  • Responsible approach to health and safety  


  • A-level Chemistry or further Maths  
  • Computer programming skills  
  • Experience working in a research or laboratory environment 

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Opportunity Overview

  • October 31st, 2021
  • £20,129 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Year-long
  • Didcot, Oxfordshire
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Science

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