Postdoctoral Fellowship – Flux pumps

Postdoctoral Fellowship – Superconducting flux Pumps (2.5 years–fixed term)

We are seeking a qualified and highly motivated researcher to work on the study and development of kA-class superconducting ‘flux pumps’. These unusual devices are attracting international interest due to their ability to inject very large currents (>1 kA) into high-Tc superconducting coils. The successful applicant will develop new experimental techniques to image circulating supercurrents flowing within these devices, and build and explore new prototype devices.The successful applicant will have:

  • A PhD in applied physics, superconductor engineering or a related discipline, and a deep understanding of the physics of electromagnetism
  • Excellent technical skills including:
    • Instrumentation electronics for experimental data acquisition
    • Experience in mechanical design and build of cryogenic components using Solidworks (or similar CAD package)
    • Familiarity with automated data acquisition using LabView or similar software
    • Experience in cryogenic experiment design and/or mechanical prototyping
  • Ability to manage their own research within the context of a larger project Excellent oral and written communication, with an established academic publication record.
  • Practical implementation skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced environment alongside other high-performing professional researchers and postgraduate students.
  • Aptitude and willingness to learn new skills required to address difficult problems.

Funded by New Zealand’s prestigious ‘Marsden fund’, this position is a unique opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading experts in this field, who are based at the Robinson Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington. We are looking to appoint an ambitious candidate who will author multiple high-impact publications during this fellowship. The successful applicant must be prepared to perform a large variety of experimental tasks: designing and occasionally fabricating/assembling prototypes, programming, undertaking modelling and calculations, and always involving challenging problem-solving.

Contact: Jeannie Redman, Institute Manager, Robinson Research Institute,
Applications close: 31 May 2019