Research Assistant/Associate

Department of Physics

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 16th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £26,715-£40,322
  • REF: KA25727
  • Closes: 19th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We invite applicants for a Research Assistant/Research Associate at the University of Cambridge to work on a new ERC Proof-of-Concept project entitled ‘Stable perovskite scintillators for medical imaging (PEROVSCI)’ ( The goal of the project is to develop scalable prototype halide perovskite scintillator devices suitable for commercialisation. The project is based in the group of Dr. Sam Stranks within the Departments of Physics and Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology (

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate to drive the scalable development of halide perovskite scintillator materials, performance characterisation, the construction and characterisation of X-ray detector devices, and the enhancement of their device performance and stability through materials and photonics developments. Experience in halide perovskite device fabrication and characterisation, and utilising halide perovskites for ionizing radiation detection is essential. Experience in scalable fabrication techniques and an interest in entrepreneurship and translating research from the lab to a commercial product is highly desirable. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in the commercial pursuits.

The successful applicant for this position will have obtained (or be close to obtaining) a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering or a related area. A proven track record of scientific publication and presentation at international conferences is essential. In addition to working independently, the successful candidate should also work well in a team and help to promote a collaborative environment, interacting frequently with others in the project team (Ph.D. students, PDRAs, and academic staff, industrial collaborators). Excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills are also required. Entrepreneurship experience is desired but not essential.

We particularly encourage those candidates typically underrepresented in the STEM area to apply.

Closing date for applications is 19th March 2021, and interviews will be conducted remotely shortly after. The position is available from 1 May 2021 or soon after.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Sam Stranks ( or Miguel Anaya (

Please quote reference KA25727 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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