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Research Associate - Optical Properties of Natural Materials (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £27,929 to £42,155
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th November 2022
Closes: 21st December 2022
Job Ref: MA34345

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to work within the group of Prof. Silvia Vignolini at the Department of Chemistry in the Bio-inspired photonic group. The position will be focused on developing new optical tools to study how different living organisms build symbiotic interactions for light management and to investigate light-matter interaction in bio-inspired bionic and living materials, within the remit of her recently awarded ERC Consolidator BiTe. 

The PRDA will be expected to study optical properties of a large variety of photonic structures ranging from micro to macro algae, to artificial photonic material and random structures.

The succesful candidate will have a PhD in Physics/Engineering with a strong background in nano-photonics, light matter interaction.  They will be expected to be able to program, interface equipment, and master experimental techniques like microscopy and spectroscopy.

Candidates with experience in modeling light-matter interaction are strongly favoured: in particular we encourage applicants with experience in ray tracing optics and/or finite element (FE) and finite time domain (FDTD).

The position is available immediately. 

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For queries relating to your application or the application process, please contact Jasmine Mitchell via email on jw2166@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference MA34345 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN silver award for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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