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Senior Research Scientist in the Chemical Synthesis of 2D Materials for Opto-Electronics

Oxford University (Suzhou) Science & Technology Co. Ltd. - Nanotechnology and Functional Materials

Location: Suzhou - China
Salary: A competitive remuneration package will apply
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th October 2018
Closes: 15th December 2018
Job Ref: 6011-2018-1

Job description and selection criteria

Research topic: Chemical Synthesis of 2D Materials for Opto-Electronics

Reporting to: Professor Jamie Warner

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Contract type: Fixed-term (2 years), with the possibility of extension.

Start date: 1 January, 2019

The role

Semiconducting 2D monolayer materials, such as transition metal dichalcogenides, offer new opportunities in ultrathin transparent opto-electronics, such as photodetectors and light emitting devices. To realize large area devices the 2D materials will be grown by chemical vapour deposition (CVD). The post holder will work on developing methods for the large area growth of 2D materials such as monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides, graphene, and hBN. The research will develop methods for wafer scale production with control over doping, layer number, alloying, layer stacking. The epitaxial growth of vertical stacked heterostructures will be pursued for enhanced opto-electronic device performance. 

The post holder is expected to work effectively with other members of a team under the supervision of Professor Jamie Warner to solve challenges in the broad field of large area transparent optoelectronics using all 2D materials. 

The post holder will be expected to perform research in this area with the guidance and supervision of the host academic team. They will publish high quality papers based on the research results, and be capable of producing first drafts of papers independently. Opportunities for IP will be pursued in collaboration with Oxford University Innovation Ltd. There will be opportunities throughout to supervise the work of graduate research students.


  • Chemical vapour deposition (CVD) growth of 2D materials and their characterization
  • Development of new CVD growth apparatus and methods.
  • Fabrication and characterization of opto-electronic devices based on all 2D materials.
  • Manage own academic research and administrative activities.
  • Adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols
  • Test hypotheses and analyse scientific data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining working hypotheses as appropriate
  • Contribute ideas for new research projects
  • Develop ideas for generating research income, and present detailed research proposals.
  • Collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports and journal articles and occasionally present papers and posters
  • Use specialist scientific equipment in a laboratory environment
  • Represent the research group at external meetings/seminars
  • Carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups

Selection criteria 


  • Hold a relevant PhD/Dphil, together with relevant experience
  • Able to demonstrate expertise in the chemical vapour deposition growth and characterization of 2D materials.
  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes
  • Ability to manage own academic research and associated activities
  • Previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations
  • Ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings 


  • Experience of independently managing a discrete area of a research project
  • Experience of actively collaborating in the development of research articles for publication 

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