Research Assistant/Associate in Nanotechnology

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) in the Department of Engineering, to work in the field of nanomaterials for energy storage. The post holder will be located in West Cambridge in the group of Michael de Volder ( at the Department of Engineering.

In this project, we aim to develop new techniques to create highly organized assemblies of nanoparticles, including carbon nanotubes and graphene. Herein we emphasize the importance of controlling the arrangement of nanoparticles at different length scales in order to create superstructures with tuneable properties. The project will follow a methodical approach, bringing together different fields of expertise ranging from macro- and microscale manufacturing, to nanoscale material self-assembly and chemical surface decoration. These materials be optimised for application in Li-Ion Batteries. Key responsibilities include taking a prominent role in conducting the research, and interacting with team members; designing, executing and analysing experiments; reporting and publishing research.

Applicants are required to have obtained (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in a field related to nanotechnology e.g. engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, or material science. Applicants should also have relevant laboratory experience, including in one or more of the following: nanoparticle synthesis, self-assembly, material characterization methods, and electrochemistry.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £25,298 - £30,175; Research Associate: £30,175 - £38,183

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance with a possibility of extension.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: 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.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and a publication list (please highlight what you think are your three best publications) in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

For specific questions about the role, please contact Michael De Volder, email: If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Maggie Harriss, email:

Please quote reference NM12784 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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