Post-Doctoral Research Assistant/Associate

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, West Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 29th Dec 2021
  • Salary: £27,116-£40,927
  • REF: LJ29560
  • Closes: 15th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are inviting applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant/Associate (PDRA) position in the study of fundamental and applications of magnesium nanoparticles at the University of Cambridge. This project aims to combine optical spectroscopy, electron microscopy, and numerical approaches to the understanding of the behaviour of magnesium particles in thermal and catalytic applications.

The group has a strong background in nanoparticle synthesis as well as optical and electron microscopy characterization. We are looking for a Research Assistant/Associate with complementary numerical and/or experimental expertise in plasmon-induced photon absorption and decay, and with an interest in learning a diverse range of experimental spectroscopies. Candidates should have a PhD, or about to be awarded a PhD, and a strong background in physics, chemistry, or a closely related subject. Knowledge of plasmonic decay behaviour, numerical approaches to solving Maxwell’s equations, coding in matlab and/or python, and optical spectroscopy is required. Experience with electron microscopy, experimental optical approaches and code development is desirable. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.

The project is funded by the European Research Commission Grant Sustainable Plasmon-Enhanced Catalysis (SPECs). The position will be available from March 2021, with a flexible start date between March 1st 2022 and July 30th 2022.

The PDRA will be hosted by the Department of Earth Sciences and have full access to the facilities available in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years, with a 6 months probation period.

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Applications submitted in support of the application should include:

1) a curriculum vitae that includes a list of publications and presentations;

2) a short research statement (maximum 1 page) describing the applicant’s past research, future goals, and why the applicant is interested and suitable for this position and

3) two to three letters of recommendation or names of individuals to be contacted for letters of recommendation.

Questions about the position, application process and status should be directed to Dr Ringe,

Please quote reference LJ29560 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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