Research Assistant in Magnet Design at University of Cambridge

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoc position at University of Cambridge, UK. Applications should be sent before October 17, 2018.

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work in Magnet Systems for Ultra-compact MRI.

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

A Research Assistant/Associate is sought to work on a new EPSRC project, Ultra-compact MRI Magnets. This project seeks to develop an MRI magnet charged by a superconducting flux pump. The post holder will work in the CAPE building which is part of the Electrical Engineering Division of the University of Cambridge.

The role of the successful applicant in the project is to help develop the magnet system. The magnet system uses coils wound from high temperature superconducting (HTS) tape which once magnetised produce a high magnetic field. The project will address numerous unexplored challenges in creating ultra-compact MRI magnets at high currents. The culmination of the project will be a fully superconducting prototype magnet.

There is some flexibility in the aspects of the project that the candidate will contribute to, but duties will likely include the following: Modelling of the behaviour of high temperature superconductors; Modifications to experimental test rigs for characterising coils and flux pumps; Measuring the electromagnetic properties of both conventional and superconducting materials; Assessing and measuring losses and identifying appropriate control strategies. Training can be given in certain areas.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are design, experimental, modelling skills and measurement of devices, especially at high frequency.

The applicant must have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in a relevant discipline.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2021 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter and research publications list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Sue Murkett, who is responsible for recruitment to this position, by email on


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