Research Associate: Advanced Self-Powered sensor units in Intense Radiation Environments: ASPIRE

University of Bristol - School of Physics

This research aims to develop a device based on harvesting the beta emissions from C-14 undergoing radioactive decay and converting it to electrical current within a diamond-based device. Within this device, radioactive C-14 diamond would be sandwiched with layers of nano-crystalline diamond. This research post offers the opportunity to become involved in this exciting and expanding project, to cover particular aspects of the betavoltaic, ambient gamma voltaic and sensor devices alongside device prototyping and deployment. During the initial 12 month period the principal focus of this research post will focus on the incorporation of a beta emitting radioisotope in diamond to develop a betavoltaic device and to investigate manipulation of the diamond’s dopant composition and physical structure to enhance the nuclear-electric conversion efficiency in an ambient gamma voltaic device. Dependent on the progress and performance of the chosen candidate, there is the possibility of extension for further years where the developed devices would be advanced up the technology readiness level (TRL)

You will have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in Physics, Electronic Engineering or a related Engineering subject and have a good understanding in the design, development and building of devices.

Although you will be based at the Interface Analysis Centre, School of Physics, University of Bristol, work will also use facilities at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (KURRI) in Japan and the Medical Research Council in Harwell, UK. Travel to Cumbria, UK will also be required.

This is a full-time open-ended role with funding for two years

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Neil Fox, neil.fox@bristol.ac.uk or Professor TB Scott, t.b.scott@bristol.ac.uk

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

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