Research Associate/Fellow (fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Physics & Astronomy

Location: University Park

Salary: £26,495 to £33,518 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29,799 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

We have recently been awarded funds by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to investigate the fluorescence of two-dimensional supramolecular arrays with a particular emphasis on the influence of in-plane molecular ordering and host-guest interactions on emission energy and lifetimes. The work will be performed in collaboration with academics in the School of Chemistry (Champness, George and Besley) who will provide new synthetic targets and theoretical support for this experimental programme. The supramolecular layers must be formed on insulating surface to avoid fluorescence quenching. Our current activity is focussed on the use of exfoliated boron nitride flakes as substrates and an important part of this project is the use of ambient atomic force microscopy (AFM) to acquire images with molecular resolution to determine the relative placement of adsorbed molecules. We plan to extend these studies to include other insulating substrates, the fluorescence of supramolecular heterostructures and the application of host-guest interactions to molecular sensing. We now wish to recruit a postdoctoral research associate who will be responsible for the formation of the supramolecular layers and their structural characterisation using AFM, and optical studies of fluorescence using a cryostat coupled to an optical microscopy. The successful candidate should have extensive experience of the use of AFM under ambient conditions, including the acquisition of images with lattice resolution. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates with additional experience in one or more related areas such as Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence/photoluminescence spectroscopy, cryogenic techniques.

The post holder will work within a group of approximately six researchers including academics in the Schools of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry together with postdocs and PhD students whose combined expertise spans scanning probe microscopy, chemical synthesis, two-dimensional materials and nanofabrication. The post holder will be encouraged to develop collaborations within this group to develop original lines of research activity related to the fluorescence of two-dimensional supramolecular arrays.

The successful candidate should have either been awarded a PhD in physics, materials science, chemistry or a relevant discipline, or have submitted their PhD thesis prior to the commencement of the appointment.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Peter Beton, email: peter.beton@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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