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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,243 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th October 2018
Closes: 19th November 2018
Job Ref: LJ17040

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Grade 5 £26,243-£30,395

Grade 7 £30,395-39,609

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the University of Cambridge as part of a project led by Professor Rachel Oliver focused on the installation and development of a time resolved cathodoluminescence (TRCL) system at the University of Cambridge. (The TRCL system has been funded by the EPSRC via a Strategic Equipment Grant.  

The overall aim of the project is to establish a UK capability in variable temperature and picosecond time resolved cathodoluminescence (TRCL) imaging and spectroscopy which will provide new insights into the nanoscale properties of light emitting materials and enable novel applications. A commercial TRCL system has been ordered, comprising a bespoke scanning electron microscope (SEM) designed as a platform for variable temperature CL with liquid helium (LHe) cooling. The system will provide state-of-the art collection efficiency and spectral and spatial resolution for continuous wave (CW) CL at wavelengths from the ultra-violet to the infrared and also TRCL with a time resolution down to 10 ps based on the use of a streak camera.

The post-doctoral researcher will be involved in the installation of the new system and the development of extended capability in the time-resolved mode. They will be embedded within the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride, a world-leading facility for the development and application of wide-bandgap semiconductors, however, they will also interact with researchers from across the UK, working on a range of cutting edge materials including 2D materials, hybrid perovskites and plasmonic nanostructures. The role involves developing new applications of the system, training users of the system from inside and outside of the University of Cambridge and assisting with the management of the system as a small research facility. Engagement in promotion of the TRCL capability to the broader UK community and leading and participating in the writing of journal papers on a wide range of CL-related topics is required.

Whilst an ideal candidate will have specific experience of TRCL, we also welcome applications from candidates with experience of time-resolved spectroscopy in other contexts. Experience of the construction or development of sophisticated experimental systems is vital whilst experience of SEM is desirable. The successful candidate will have or about to be awarded a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. materials science, physics, engineering) and will have a track record of publication in peer-reviewed international journals, together with good communication skills and experience of both team-based and independent working. 

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.

Further information can be obtained from Professor RA Oliver:

Please quote reference LJ17040 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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