Research Assistant/Associate in Terahertz Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials and Devices

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

A position exists for a postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering (University of Cambridge) to work on a new project on terahertz spectroscopy of semiconductor nanostructures and devices. The role holder will join the Electronic and Photonic Nanomaterials group under the supervision of Dr Hannah Joyce.

The successful individual will join a new 5-year ERC-funded project (£1.3 million) that aims to engineer III-nitride nanowires and other nanomaterials through advanced spectroscopy. This project is targeting these nanomaterials towards a diverse range of applications including solar photoelectrochemical water splitting, solar cells, light emitting diodes and high frequency wireless communications.

The successful candidate will be engaged in establishing a new optical pump-terahertz probe spectroscopy system in Cambridge achieving broad bandwidth from 0.1 to 10 THz and with improved spatial resolution capabilities. This new lab is funded by the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability, through collaboration with Dr Chiara Ciccarelli (Department of Physics). The successful candidate will take a leading role in performing terahertz spectroscopy measurements on a variety of nanomaterials including semiconductor nanowires and hybrid systems. The role holder will be encouraged to optimise and lead innovations in the spectroscopy system, to design and implement new nanomaterial-based devices, and to take an active role in the day-to-day supervision of students involved in the project.

Please refer to the HR7 (Further Information sheet) for details of the key responsibilities and duties of the post.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are:

  • Experience in experimental science/engineering of materials,
  • Experience and skills in spectroscopy,
  • A track record of authoring high quality academic publications,
  • Interpersonal and leadership skills as required for interdisciplinary collaborative research project,
  • Motivation and enthusiasm for curiosity-driven research.

The successful applicant must have obtained, or be close obtaining a PhD in Electronic Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or Nanotechnology.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £25,728 - £30,688 Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload your CV (including a publications list) and a covering letter by midnight on the closing date. Additional documents that have not been requested will not be considered as part of your application.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Mrs Ann Martin: (Tel +44 (0)1223 748334).

Please quote reference NM14868 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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