Research Fellow in Condensed Matter Physics

London Centre for Nanotechnology

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 11th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £36,770 - £44,388 per annum
  • REF: 1880287
  • Closes: 05th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The London Centre for Nanotechnology has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to work on epitaxial ferroelectric and antiferroelectric oxide heterostructures.

The position is financed by the FET Open project TSAR ( This project has received funding from the European Unions Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N 766726. The aim of the project is to investigate nanoscale ferroelectricity and antiferroelectricity in epitaxial oxide films and multilayers, and to develop proof-of-principle devices based on these materials. The postholder will be involved in the deposition and structural and electrical characterisation of high quality epitaxial thin films and heterostructures, fabrication of devices and analysis and interpretation of the experimental data. The postholder will also collaborate closely with partners of the TSAR consortium.

This position is funded for 24 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful applicant will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, or related discipline, and expertise in nanoscale (anti)ferroelectricity. Experience with physical vapour deposition of epitaxial thin films and thin film characterisation techniques (X-ray diffraction, scanning probe microscopy, electrical characterization) is desirable.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B 32,217 – 33,958 per annum including London Allowance with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Denise Ottley,, at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, or 17-19 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH, for advice.

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Professor Pavlo Zubko,

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We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

5 Dec 2021

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