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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Physics

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th September 2021
Closes: 27th September 2021
Job Ref: KA28057

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position investigating dynamically crosslinked elastomers and their mechanical actuation at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge). The aim of the project is to develop new materials for sustainable plastics applications.

The successful candidate will join the BSS research group, working with Professor Eugene M. Terentjev ( We are looking for an experienced physicist/device engineer with a PhD in Physics, Materials Science or Engineering to lead the laboratory effort designing and constructing the new devices utilising dynamic networks. Experience in liquid-crystalline elastomers, and/or nano-cellulose is a significant bonus.

Key duties and responsibilities expected from the successful candidate will include, but not be limited to, conducting individual and collaborative projects, assisting in the supervision of student projects, building internal and external contacts and planning the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate. For further information regarding duties and responsibilities of this role please see the Further Particulars.

The work will be funded by the ERC Advanced grant 786659: "Active Polymers for Renewable Functional Actuators". The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible after November 2021.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the HR Co-ordinator by email:

Informal enquiries can be addressed via email quoting reference KA28057 to Professor Eugene Terentjev (

Please quote reference KA28057 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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