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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, West Cambridge

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,243 to £39,609 see advert text
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Closes: 19th October 2018
Job Ref: LJ16718


Grade 5: £26,243-£30,395

Grade 7: £32,236-£39,609

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance, with a 6 months probation period and the possibility of extension.

This position is for a Research Associate/Assistant to work in Dr Emilie Ringe's research group:

The goal of this project is to explore the synthesis and functionalization of Earth-abundant plasmonic nanostructures, in the first instance based on Mg, for applications in photocatalysis. The syntheses required involve air-free reduction of reactive metals as well as their functionalization with metals and metal oxides; this will be performed using the PI's air-free synthesis apparatus and glovebox, and supported by the PI's optical setup and the department's state-of-the-art electron microscopy suite. The project is funded by the European Research Commission.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake synthesis and characterisation of nanoscale multimetallic nanostructures. The position is available from January 1st, 2019.

Candidates should have a PhD, or about to be awarded a PhD, and a strong background in chemistry/materials science or closely related subject. Knowledge of nanoscale chemical synthesis including that of non-noble metals, solution-based metal or metal oxide coating, and extensive experience in bulk and single particle optical spectroscopy are required. Experience with electron microscopy image analysis and optical hyperspectral approaches are desirable. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.

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.

Applications to include a covering letter, curriculum vitae with a list of publications and presentations, a short research statement and the details of two referees.

Please quote reference LJ16718 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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