Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Transmission Electron Microscopy

University of Oxford - Department of Engineering Science

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Hofmann group at the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. This post, funded by European Research Council starting grant “AtoFun”, has a fixed-term of 3 years.

The goal is to develop new Transmission Electron Microscopy techniques to probe the complex defect structures formed during the irradiation of materials for future fusion reactors. The successful applicant will develop new weak beam dark field approaches to image ion-irradiation-induced defects in 3D. S/he will combine these with image simulations to determine defect nature and develop methods to allow direct comparisons of TEM observations with coherent X-ray diffraction results and theoretical predictions. S/he will use these new tools to study irradiation damage both in situ and post ion implantation.

You will hold a PhD/DPhil (or be near completion) in material science/physics/engineering or a closely related subject, together with relevant experience. Applicants should have experience of transmission electron diffraction measurements, with a proven ability to develop new analysis software. A strong publication record, excellent communication skills, self-motivation and a willingness to travel for experiments abroad are also essential.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Felix Hofmann (

You will be required to upload a supporting statement (describing how your research interests, past experience and future plans fit the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Applications must be received before 12.00 midday on 22 March 2017.

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