Infrastructure build: 22nd August 2013

The design stage is over, most of the equipment and infrastructure has been ordered and some delivered. We are now installing the infrastructure! Below are some pictures of the installation progress.

The laser cabin, being fitted out with electrical services. The scaffolding inside is to hold up the roof, so that the engineers installing he air-conditioner units do not fall through it!

Inside the cabin, with the electrical engineers at work.

A support for one of the mirror boxes, which is part of laser beamline between the laser cabin and spectrometer.

Simon Waller, one of the design engineers, next to the HiFi spectrometer demonstrating where the mirror box support will be situated.

Koji Yokayama inspecting the HiFi area

Welcome to Dr Koji Yokayama

I am delighted to write that Dr Koji Yokayama has joined the MuSES project as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He will be responsible for designing, commissioning and running the laser spectroscopy facility on HiFi, as well as providing support to muon experiments involving laser excitation. Joining us from the RIKEN facility, Japan, where he was responsible for building and maintaining the RIKEN laser in the RIKEN-RAL facility at ISIS (used for materials and low energy muon research), he has the ideal experience to work on the MuSES project.

Research Fellow in Photo-Excited Muon Spin Spectroscopy

Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
School of Physics and Astronomy
Queen Mary University of London
ISIS Muon Group
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

The Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (CCMMP) at Queen Mary University of London has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on photo-excited muon spin spectroscopy, as part of the MuSES project to be funded by the European Research Council.

The initial stage of the project is to design, build and commission a high-power laser system for the HiFi spectrometer at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK. After successful completion of this stage, understanding the fundamental physics of photo-excited states probed with muons is a priority. Finally, the project will apply the technique to a number of different organic materials to understand important electron dynamics, including excitonic and biological processes.

The successful applicant will be based permanently at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and be an active member of the ISIS Muon Group and be the Laser Safety Officer for the ISIS muon laser systems. In addition to the research set out in the MuSES project, the successful applicant will offer user support for experiments involving laser excited muon spectroscopy of materials, in particular on the HiFI and Argus muon spectrometers.

Applicants should have, or be about to gain, a PhD in experimental physics with considerable laser experience, being able to demonstrate fundamental understanding of laser physics as well as practical experience in building, maintaining and tuning a laser system. Muon spin spectroscopy experience would be an advantage, but not essential.

The post is a full time fixed term appointment funded by the European Research Council for 5 years and is due to start 1st October 2012. The salary will be in the range of  £30,500 – £33,944 per annum and be according to qualifications, skills and experience. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Alan Drew by email to or on +44 (0)20 7882 3435.

Application deadline is the 12th September 2012 and instructions for applying can be found at:

Information on the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source can be found at:


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