Postdoctoral Research Associate in Materials Chemistry

University of Kent - School of Physical Sciences

We seek to appoint a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate for a fixed term period of 18 months and full, to join the multidisciplinary “Functional Materials Group” at University of Kent to work under the supervision of Dr Emma McCabe.

The project involves the synthesis and characterisation of new layered materials with the potential for ferroelectric properties. Candidates should have a proven track record in solid state synthesis techniques and in structural characterisation by powder diffraction and Rietveld refinement.

You will carry out structural characterisation of the materials prepared, as well as property measurements through collaborations. You will liaise with collaborators to understand how insights from density functional theory calculations on these systems complement your experimental work.

The School of Physical Sciences at University of Kent holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award and is keen to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment.

As a Postdoctoral Research Associate you will:

• Undertake research at an internationally competitive level.
• Contribute to the development of the research project, specifically:
o Synthesise layered oxides (and mixed-anion systems where appropriate).
o Structurally characterise these using diffraction techniques (both in-house and at central facilities).
o Characterise the physical properties of these materials using a range of techniques.
• 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 to be in the final stages of obtaining such a qualification.
• Experience in related inorganic materials synthesis and experience 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 potential to initiate, develop, and deliver high quality research.

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

Interviews are to be held: Week commencing 05 February 2018

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information please contact Dr Emma McCabe at

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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