Research Fellow in Radiation Detection Instrumentation Ref 6329

School/department: MPS / Physics and Astronomy
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 1 year, initially
Reference: 6329
Salary: Grade 7 starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time or
             Grade 8 starting at £42,149 to £50,296 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 23 August 2021
Closing date: 20 September 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: ASAP

This advert was recently posted on 09 July 2021 – Previous Applicants need not apply.

Job description

We are seeking a highly motivated, capable, and goal-orientated post-doctoral researcher at the Grade 7 or Grade 8 level to join the Space Research Group at University of Sussex.  The successful candidate will play a major role in the development of novel high performance instrumentation for radiation detection in extreme environments.  It is hoped that the successful candidate will become a long-term member of the research group.

The primary purpose of this role is to design and develop a photon counting semiconductor X‑ray fluorescence spectrometer to be deployed in the ocean for elemental analysis of materials on the seabed.  Whilst the initial instrument development and deployment is targeted at commercial marine environments on Earth, the potential exists for future deployment of such instrumentation on future space science missions to extra-terrestrial oceans e.g. those of Europa. 

The successful appointee will be required to work productively with industrial and governmental partners in the oil, mineral, and mining, and defence and national security sectors.

The initial stage of the project is focused on the mechanical, electronic, and radiation design of the X-ray spectrometer.

The Space Research Group is based in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.  The research group conducts fundamental and applied research on topics of relevance to Space Science, Defence, National Security, Nuclear, Optoelectronics, and Semiconductor Physics and Engineering.  As well as being focused on high quality academic outputs, the group is engaged in the economic development of its research for space and terrestrial purposes.

Please include a full CV and covering letter with your application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Anna M. Barnett by Email at

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 110.00KB] and fill in all sections.

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