Post-doctoral Research Associate - Ferroelectric, Ferroelastic and Multiferroic Materials

University of Cambridge - Department of Earth Sciences

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the University of Cambridge funded by a grant from EPSRC to Prof. Michael Carpenter in a collaborative venture with colleagues from Queen's University, Belfast, the University of Warwick and the University of St. Andrews on "Ferroelectric, ferroelastic and multiferroic domain walls: a new horizon in nanoscale functional materials". The experimental part of this project in Cambridge involves investigation of the elastic properties of small samples as simultaneous functions of temperature and magnetic field, primarily using unique facilities for Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS). The RUS technique allows elastic and anelastic properties of single crystal and ceramic samples to be determined over wide temperature intervals and in a magnetic field up to 14 Teslas. The scientific objectives are to investigate the role of elastic strain and strain relaxation dynamics associated with phase transitions in bulk samples and the dynamics of strain related domain walls within them.

Familiarity with the specific research involved is not a prerequisite but prior experience of phase transitions and/or of magnetic materials would be an advantage. The successful candidate will either have a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. materials physics, solid state chemistry, engineering) and will have a track record of publication in peer-reviewed international journals, together with good communication skills for presenting results at international meetings.

The starting date is flexible, but will ideally be close to 1 January 2018.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/14329. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Further information can be obtained from Prof. M.A.Carpenter mc43@esc.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference LB12729 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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