Fellowship at the School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, UK

Deadline: 6 September 2011
Open to: International Students with PhD in physics, chemistry, materials or geo sciences or equivalent training in research methods, practices and technology
Fellowship: The annual salary  is on a seven-point scale from £29,972 – £35,788 incremented annually.


The University of Edinburgh is over 400 years old and is one of the largest in the UK. It is Scotland’s premier research University and graded among the top British Universities in the recent national Research Assessment Exercise. You will carry out experimental work aimed at understanding the behaviour and properties of elements and simple materials under extreme conditions, in particular at very high pressures and a wide temperature range. You will be based in CSEC, which is adjacent to the School of Physics, and have access to the in-house optical and x-ray facilities as well as to Diamond and ISIS at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and ESRF and ILL in Grenoble. Working principally with Dr Gregoryanz, you will participate in a programme to overcome these challenges and to make a detailed investigation of these systems at pressures well beyond 1 MBar. You will develop advanced diamond anvils using modern technologies in conjunction with improved diamond anvil cell preparation techniques to compress samples to these very high pressures and to carry out measurements of optical properties. You will be improving the existing and developing new techniques to carry out in-situ high-temperature measurements. Besides optical properties you will use x-ray scattering and transport properties measurements to study simple systems at extreme conditions. The position will be primarily to work with Dr Eugene Gregoryanz, but will also involve strong liaisons both with other experimentalists of the extreme conditions group (Prof Malcolm McMahon) and with computational modellers in Edinburgh (Prof Ackland) and with overseas collaborators.


  • PhD in physics, chemistry, materials or geo sciences or equivalent training in research methods, practices and technology.
  • Imagination, scientific flair and a willingness and ability to work closely with other members of the group are also important.


The post is planned to start on the 1st October 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment is for 24 months with possibility to extend to additional 24 months depending on performance. The prerequisites listed above are commensurate with appointment at Grade UE07 of the recently agreed National JNCHES pay structure. The annual salary for this Grade is on a seven-point scale from £29,972 – £35,788 incremented annually.


Students are encouraged to apply online. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a c.v.

Otherwise if you want to apply by post to complete the application process you need to complete the (i) Application Form, including a statement addressing how your application meets the Person Specification (ii) Additional Personal Information Form, (iii) Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form, and (iv) Rehabilitation of Offenders Form. Please also include a brief CV. Please return the Application form and all enclosures (except the equal opportunities form) to Mrs Doreen Hamilton,SchoolofPhysics,Universityof Edinburgh, JCMB King’s Buildings,Mayfield Road,EdinburghEH9 3JZby the closing date of 6th September 2011. Return the equal opportunities form in the separate prepaid envelope.

Please then arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Doreen Hamilton at d.hamilton@ed.ac.uk or at the mailing address given above. Please ask your referees to quote the job reference number in these letters of recommendation and all related correspondence.


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