Research Fellow in Interfacial Chemistry and Electrochemistry Nanoscience (81307-028)

University of Warwick – Department of Chemistry

Fixed-Term Full-time contract for 2 years with the possibility of extension subject to funding

This is an exciting opportunity to join a major new programme involving a consortium of leading UK research groups whose objective is to develop new ways to control crystallisation by combining cutting-edge experiment and modelling. 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 collaborators in the USA, continental Europe and Australia, and industry partners.

The research position at the University of Warwick will develop and apply nanoscale techniques and electrochemical methods as new approaches to understanding how surfaces and interfaces direct the nucleation and growth of inorganic crystals. These studies will ultimately enable us to design smart surfaces that inhibit or promote crystallisation. The experimental studies will be pursued in tandem with complementary modelling work performed by research fellows at the University of Sheffield and UCL, and there will be interactions with the University of Leeds on high resolution TEM (including liquid-cell TEM) and microfluidic techniques.

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

You will be a highly motivated person with experience in some or all of the following areas and an ability to quickly develop expertise in the others: scanned probe microscopy (e.g. in-situ AFM and/or electrochemical probe microscopy), nanopipette techniques, surface chemistry methods, various other microscopies (e.g. confocal fluorescence, Raman, TEM and SEM), crystal growth studies, electrochemical methods, finite element method modelling (COMSOL) and MATLAB programming (data analysis routines). Experience or a willingness to engage in LabVIEW programming (instrument development) is also welcome.

To join our interdisciplinary and highly regarded team you will be an enthusiastic and committed person, with imaginative ideas and a passion for science. 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. For recent publications from the Warwick group see:

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 to be held week commencing 2 April 2018 or soon thereafter.

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.