Start the clock: A new direct method to study collisions of electronically excited molecules.
Dr M L Costen, Dr D Townsend and Prof K G McKendrick
A research associate position is available to join an exciting new chemical physics/physical chemistry project funded by the EPSRC. The position is available from the 1st June 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter for 1 year in the first instance, with the expectation of extension for up to another 3 years, subject to satisfactory performance.
The aim of this project is to apply a newly developed technique to study the dynamics of the collisions of electronically excited molecules at an unprecedented level of detail. You will design and construct a crossed-molecular beam scattering apparatus, equipped with velocity-map ion imaging. You will use this apparatus to study the collisions of electronically excited NO(A2S+) with a range of molecular colliders that are significant in atmospheric and combustion environments, but which display dramatically different quenching and reactive behaviours. Using a novel sequence of laser pulses, you will measure the inelastic scattering dynamics of NO(A2S+) at a quantum state-to-state level, determining differential scattering cross-sections and product rotational polarization. These measurements will give unprecedented insight into the forces that act during the collisions, and provide a challenge to the current state-of-the-art theoretical models.
You should have a PhD in a relevant area of Chemical Physics / Physical Chemistry. Experience with lasers and/or vacuum technology is essential.
Informal enquiries should be made to the principal investigator: Dr Matt Costen Tel +44 – (0)131 451 8197 Email: email@example.com
How to apply
Completed application forms may be returned by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Heriot-Watt University, Human Resources, Edinburgh EH14 4AS. Tel. +44 (0) 131 451 3022 (24 hours), Minicom +44 (0) 131 451 8212.
Please quote the vacancy reference no. (06/12/W) in any correspondence.
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