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Research Associate

University of Glasgow - College of Science and Engineering - School of Engineering

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £36,382 to £40,927 per annum (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 9th November 2021
Job Ref: 069849

The James Watt School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow has a postdoctoral position available working on the 2 year EPSRC funded project. Probing the States of Single Molecules for Sensing and Multi-value Memory Applications


The vision of the project is to use silicon nanodevices to probe which state an electron is occupying on a single molecule to demonstrate flash memories that are an order of magnitude smaller than present devices. The previous work of the team developed Si nanowire devices down to 32 atoms in diameter (  and demonstrated the first molecular flash memories with long retention times using many molecules (Nature 515, 545 (2014)). The new research project the successful candidate will work on aims to scale this approach down to being able to probe and control single molecules. The present project also aims to go far further and investigate multi-state memories and the quantum interactions between a few molecules.

The project is led by Prof Douglas Paul in Engineering and will involve the micro- and nano-fabrication of silicon devices in the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre. The job requires expertise in the fabrication of nanoscale devices using electron beam lithography, dry etch, deposition, thermal processing and electronic device characterisation. The Glasgow cleanroom hosts £35M of state-of-the-art process tools and metrology and is run by a dedicated technical staff of 23 people. The successful candidate will collaborate with a team of 5 academics and 2 other postdoctoral researchers across the Schools of Engineering and Chemistry will complementary skills in device simulation, molecular simulation and molecular synthesis to deliver molecular flash memories.

 The position presents an exciting opportunity for someone to work in a vibrant multi-disciplinary environment and work in a team of scientists and engineers with complementary skills to develop new research ideas and foster their own independence.

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