Research Fellow in Electrochemistry & Crystal Growth (81307-127)

Fixed-Term Full-time contract for 3 years (with the possibility of extension subject to funding).

This position represents an exciting opportunity to join a major new programme involving a consortium of groups whose objective is to develop new ways to control crystallisation by combining cutting-edge experiment and modelling to understand the mechanisms that determine how inorganic crystals nucleate and grow. The consortium on Crystallisation in the real world: delivering control through theory & experiment is funded by a significant EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Programme Grant for five years, and involves the Universities of Warwick, Leeds, Sheffield and UCL, together with international and industry partners.

The research position at the University of Warwick will primarily develop and apply nanoscale techniques and electrochemical methods as new approaches to understanding how surfaces direct nucleation and growth, including the role of additives. These studies will ultimately enable us to design smart surfaces that inhibit crystallisation (of importance in the scaling of oil wells, catheters, heating systems) or promote crystallisation (dental implants, surface coatings). The experimental studies will be pursued in tandem with complementary modelling work performed by research fellows at the University of Sheffield and UCL.

The research will be directed by Prof Patrick Unwin of University of Warwick Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group (, which is renowned for its work on the development and application of innovative experimental techniques. This project will build on an impressive infrastructure that is available to measure ion fluxes at interfaces, including scanning ion conductance microscopy and nanoscale electrochemical probes, and in-situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) to investigate dynamic surface processes.

You will be a highly motivated person with experience in one or more of the following and an ability to develop expertise in the others: scanned probe microscopy (e.g. in-situ AFM or electrochemical probe microscopy), surface chemistry, crystal growth studies, electrochemical methods, finite element method modelling (COMSOL), and LabVIEW programming (instrument development).

To join our interdisciplinary and highly regarded team you will be an enthusiastic and committed person. It is essential that you are able to work both independently and as part of a large team across multiple institutions and disciplines. You will therefore need to have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience of presenting your work to both national and international audiences. The consortium has an excellent track record of publications in top quality journals. You will have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant area of Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science (or relevant discipline).

If you have any enquiries about the position, please contact Professor Patrick Unwin:

The University of Warwick offers an excellent relocation package. To assess whether you may be entitled, please see details on the following page

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,936) and promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,799).

Athena SWAN Silver Award

We are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. Both the Department of Chemistry and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN silver awards, a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme.

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing the 5th February 2018.

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.