Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Bulk Superconductors for Biomedical Applications

University of Oxford - Department of Materials

We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with specialist knowledge in powder processing and the characterisation of materials by XRD and SEM techniques. This post will involve working under the supervision of Professor Susie Speller on the development of new powder processing strategies, to optimise the trapped field performance of MgB2 bulk superconductors for operation at liquid neon temperature (27K).

This post is fixed-term for up to 3 years.

You will work closely with project partners to build a compact demonstrator magnet using the new bulk MgB2 materials, with the aim of performing in-vitro magnetic drug targeting experiments with collaborators at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Oxford. Processing of bulk MgB2 in more complex geometries will also be explored for potential application in limb-scale and pre-clinical MRI and desktop NMR.

You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil (or be close to completion), together with appropriate experience. You will also have previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations. Experience in TEM analysis, and understanding of superconducting properties and materials, would be desirable.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 24 August 2017. Interviews are currently scheduled for 26 September 2017.

The Department of Materials has been awarded departmental Bronze Athena SWAN status in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women. Job applications are particularly welcome from women and from black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Closing Date: 24-AUG-2017 12:00

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