Research Associate (Advanced Molecular Beam Epitaxy for Semiconductor)

Cardiff University

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position funded by the Ser Cymru Chair in Advanced Materials and Devices1 associated with the Institute for Compound Semiconductors2 (ICS) at Cardiff University. The role will develop advanced epitaxial methods and nanoscale materials for integrated optoelectronic devices in support of Ser Cymru projects and partners. The Ser Cymru research laboratory includes >£4M equipment investment to include two-interlocked molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems, one metal-organic chemical vapour deposition system (MOCVD), a well-equipped optoelectronics characterization laboratory and a new £500K quantum technology laboratory. The group has full access to the ICS state-of-the art fabrication facilities. Several posts are currently available in epitaxial materials, quantum and optoelectronic devices.

The envisioned research MBE methods are associated with quantum materials, lattice-mismatched epitaxy and nanostructures. Example collaborative projects include device engineering for quantum technology, infrared devices and quantum-dot-based lasers. This work will focus specifically on arsenic- (As) and antimony (Sb) based compound materials for near-term applications with relevance to industrial collaborators in within UK and EU. However, independent research aligned with the Ser Cymru and ICS activity are highly encouraged.

Candidates will have a PhD in physics, engineering or materials science with emphasis in advanced III-V MBE in III-As and -Sb materials. Please note that substantial hands-on expertise specifically in MBE of either III-As or III-Sb compounds is absolutely essential. Experience in quantum materials, strain-engineering, lattice-mismatched materials are highly desired. Additional skills associated with materials characterization, fabrication or devices are also desired. You will have a strong research record demonstrated through publications in high quality academic journals; experience participating in research proposals and research/industry-based groups with proven ability to network effectively with academics and outside academia.

Please submit with your completed application and your full CV. We also require a statement of research interests and career goals (2 pages max).

We encourage informal enquiries about the project, which can be made to Professor Diana Huffaker at Further information on the area of research can be found at or For more information about working at Cardiff University contact Glesni Lloyd on

This full-time post is fixed term for 2 years.

Date advert posted: Thursday, 22 February 2018

Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds. We strongly welcome female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group, as they are underrepresented in our School. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time.

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