Postdoctoral Research Associate in Materials Chemistry

University of Kent - School of Physical Sciences

A Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position is available in the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent.

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to join the multi-disciplinary environment of the Functional Materials Group to pursue work in inorganic materials chemistry under the supervision of Dr Paul Saines. The project involves designing and synthesising new inorganic-organic perovskites and characterising their crystal structures and ferroelectric and magnetic properties. Its primary aim is to create new families of relaxor ferroelectric hybrids with useful piezoelectric properties.

You will work on the synthesis of these materials, which combine organic and inorganic cations into a hybrid framework via one-step approaches. They will then characterise them using a range of techniques including powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction, SQUID magnetometry and impedance spectroscopy using facilities available in house. Advanced structural characterisation, requiring the use of central facilities e.g. synchrotrons or neutron scattering facilities, will be utilised as required by the project.

As a Postdoctoral Research Associate you will:

  • Undertake research at an internationally competitive level.
  • Contribute to the development of the research project, specifically: Synthesise inorganic-organic frameworks, structurally characterise these using a combination of single crystal and powder diffraction, primarily using X-rays and characterise the physical properties of these materials using a range of techniques including SQUID magnetometry, impedance spectroscopy and electric field polarisation measurements.
  • Disseminate research results through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

To succeed in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in Chemistry or related relevant discipline/ or be in the final stages of obtaining such a qualification.
  • Experience in related inorganic materials synthesis and of structural refinement of diffraction data from inorganic materials.
  • The ability to carry out research independently and the willingness to travel to central facility experiments and for conferences.

The School of Physical Sciences (SPS), situated in the Ingram building within the Canterbury Campus, is part of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Kent, and currently offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Physics, Chemistry, and Forensic Sciences. In the last few years, it has received around £10m in investment from the university to refurbish the Ingram building, including new research laboratories and equipment, comprising four diffractometers, NMR, SEM, Raman microscopes, magnetometers, and other spectroscopic equipment.

Closing date for applications: 18 December 2017

Interviews are to be held: 15 January 2018

Please click on the apply button below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information and for informal enquires contact Dr Paul Saines quoting ref number: STM0855

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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