Physics: Astrophysics, Physics: Atomic and Molecular, Physics: Mathematical
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The Research Associate will conduct ultracold atomic physics research with Prof. Nathan Lundblad of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Prof. Lundblad’s field of research is ultracold atomic physics, particularly the study of Bose-Einstein condensates in tailored potentials (e.g. optical lattices or dressed magnetic traps). Research with Prof. Lundblad would be carried out through participation in the NASA CAL program to place an ultracold atomic physics experiment aboard the International Space Station, and through a fully-equipped BEC lab at Bates College. This position offers the opportunity for the applicant to become involved in the educational life of the Bates College Department of Physics and Astronomy through mentorship of undergraduate students, guidance of senior thesis and summer research projects, guest lectures, and department events. The initial term of the position is one year, with potential extensions pending additional funding.
The key accountabilities include:
Lab responsibilities including the regular monitoring of essential laboratory equipment as well as its periodic maintenance.
Research includes preparing and modeling ultracold atomic physics experiments.
Collecting and analyzing data as appropriate.
Assisting in manuscript preparation and grant reporting requirements as appropriate.
Supervision of semester lab assistants.
Preparing presentations for conferences.
Representing the lab and the work of the lab at conferences.
Other research duties as needed.
This role requires a Doctorate in Physics or a related field, ABD will be considered. A successful candidate for the position must have:
Strong background in experimental physics as associated with graduate or postdoc work in the field.
Some familiarity with Mathematica or similar, Labview or related control implementations, and a formal language such as Python.
Experience in ultracold atomic physics is ideal, and experience in relevant areas of laser and atomic physics technique is highly desirable.
Ability to exercise judgement within defined laboratory practices and techniques.
Exceptional communication (written, verbal and presentation) skills.
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships. Must be flexible, collaborative and have a positive attitude.
Ability to work with a high level of independence and handle multiple research priorities.
Ability to work as part of a research team.
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information.
Exceptional organizational and critical thinking skills, lab notebook practices and attention to detail are essential.
Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings, and other non-traditional schedules as needed or required.
Successful completion of a criminal background check.
Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, 9% retirement contribution with potential for an additional 3% match, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. This position requires successful completion of a pre-employment background screening. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. (References will not be contacted without your permission.)
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