Research Vacancies

Post-Doctoral Researcher - 2 Positions

Job Posted: 05 Apr 2019
Closing Date for Applications: 30 Jun 2019
School: Department of Physics
College: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €37,221 - €44,266 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)


Position Summary

Davis Group research concentrates upon exotic many-body states of electronic, magnetic and atomic quantum matter with a focus on direct experimental visualization or perception of the quantum phenomena. Systems under study include superconductors, Bose condensates, heavy fermions, ferromagnetic topological insulators, Dirac and Weyl semimetals, magnetic monopole fluids, quantum spin liquids and exciton fluids.

Davis Group will operate as a single research unit using a suite of complementary instruments in two ultralow vibration laboratories in the Kane Building at University College Cork (IE) and in the Beecroft Building at the University of Oxford (UK). Post-Doctoral Researchers based at UCC will carry out research at both sites.

The ideal candidate will have a combination of specialized knowledge, skills and successful experience in several of the following research areas:

  • Sub-Kelvin Refrigeration

Concepts, operation and maintenance of sub-kelvin 3He-refrigerators and 3He-4He dilution refrigerators, based on both liquid 4He and cryofree cryostats.

  • Ultra-low Vibration Techniques

Concepts, operation and maintenance of ultra-low vibration experiments, including control of mechanical, acoustic, cabling, vacuum-line, and cryogenic noise.

  • High-field Superconducting Magnets

Concepts, operation and maintenance of persistent superconducting magnets at fields up to 20 Tesla.

  • Instrument Design and Fabrication

Principles of, and experience with, scientific instrument design; project management, CAD tools, prototyping, machining, assembly, integration, testing and operation of custom built instruments.

  • Spectroscopic Imaging Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Concepts, operation and maintenance of low temperature spectroscopic imaging STM including, quasiparticle interference imaging of correlated metals, topological surface states and superconducting quasiparticles.

  • Superconducting Quantum Inference Devices & Qubits

Concepts and operation of Josephson junctions, SQUIDS and superconducting qubits.

  • Quantum Matter Theory

Knowledge and experience of contemporary theory for topological superconductors, Bose condensates, topological heavy fermions, ferromagnetic topological insulators, Dirac and Weyl semimetals, magnetic monopole fluids, quantum spin liquids and exciton fluids.

  • Data Management, Analysis & Machine Learning

Knowledge and experience in high volume image-array data acquisition and management, development of custom software and machine learning techniques for advanced image-array data analysis.


Post Duration: Two years, with option to extend for a third

Salary: €37,221-€44,266 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale) 


Key Duties and Responsibilities

This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.

The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

  • To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.
  • To gain experience in grant writing.
  • To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.
  • To become familiar with the publication process.
  • To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
  • To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.
  • To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.


  • A PhD qualification.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.


For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: JC Séamus Davis

Title: Professor of Quantum Physics

Email Address:

Telephone: 353 830392937

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to

J.C. Séamus Davis

Professor of Quantum Physics, University College Cork, IRL

Professor of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Emeritus Professor of Physics, Cornell University, NY, USA

Mobile : +1 607-220-8685 / +353-83-039-2937

Contact :


on or before the closing date June 30, 2019.

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