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The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan Bronze Award holder (http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/gender/athenaswan/) and is fully committed to engaging in the principles of Equality and Diversity. We strive to create a positive environment for all of our staff, students and visitors. We value our people highly, encouraging development and nurturing talent. By recruiting the best people and providing a stimulating and collaborative workplace, we continue to build upon our position as one of world’s leading materials research and teaching institutions.

Please see the lists below for the current vacancies. If you require further information on staff vacancies, please contact the HR Manger: tom.lake@materials.ox.ac.uk. For further information on research studentships, please contact the secretary to the Director of Graduate Studies: graduate.studies@materials.ox.ac.uk.

Oxford University is an Equal Opportunities Employer. For more information about pay and conditions see the Oxford University staff page.

 

Research Studentships

Studentship

Please see the postgraduate section of the website for a full list of projects currently available.

Projects listed below carry their own funding (subject to contract with the sponsor), so finance in the form of a stipend and payment of fees is available to the successful candidate. However, eligibility for funding is in some cases restricted by the applicant's country of legal residence: below and in the detailed description of funded projects we use the term 'citizen' in respect of this country.

4 funded projects available at present.

*/**Exploring low energy excitations with electron microscopy
( Dr R J Nicholls, Prof J R Yates, Prof P D Nellist)

*/**X-ray video imaging and machine learning to understand alloy solidification
( Prof Patrick Grant / Dr Enzo Liotti)

*Putting spins into carbon nanostructures
( Dr L. Bogani and Professor G. A. D. Briggs)

Flash Sintering of Non-Oxide Ceramics for Armour
( R I Todd, R Livesey (Dstl))

New projects are added from time-to-time, so please review the list regularly.

Please see the postgraduate section of the website for a full list of projects currently available.

Academic and Research Staff

Research Job

Two postdoctoral research appointments in the fabrication and investigation of molecular quantum devices are available, each for a fixed-term of 36 months. The posts will be under the supervision of Professor Andrew Briggs and his colleagues. The persons appointed will fabricate and test single-molecule electronic devices connected across graphene nanogaps, including characterisation of charge transport behaviour at a range of temperatures (20 mK, 4 K, 77 K and 298 K).

A breakthrough in the development of single-molecule transistors has come with the development of nanogaps in graphene for electrodes, leading to unprecedented stability and reproducibility of devices. There is now an urgent need to understand the electronic behaviour of these devices in greater detail, particularly: (i) in the presence of a temperature gradient; (ii) in devices fabricated from larger molecules (5–20 nm) or nanoribbons. These full-time posts offer an excellent opportunity to make progress towards emerging quantum technologies through fundamental scientific discovery.

By the start date applicants must have completed a doctorate in a relevant physical science and have an outstanding track record of research and publications, commensurate with stage in career. Applicants will have research experience in investigating charge transport through nanodevices. Experience of low temperature charge-transport experiments is desirable. Willingness and ability to engage with others in collaborative research is essential for this post. Availability to start on or before 1 January 2018 would be desirable.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 25 October 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 130944 ). To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=130944

The Department of Materials has been awarded departmental Bronze Athena SWAN status in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women. Job applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Laboratory Manager, Quantum Nanodevices
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £31,604 – £38,833 per annum

We are looking for a Laboratory Manager to ensure the smooth operation of the Quantum Nanotechnologies Laboratory. You will possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the area of cryogenic systems, microwave electronics, and nanofabrication to support the experimental facilities on a daily basis. The position is available for a fixed-term to 31 December 2021.

You will be responsible for operating, maintaining and repairing equipment in the laboratory. You will provide training and practical supervision of external users, students and other researchers, and be responsible for ensuring there is a strong safety culture in the laboratory. You will provide ongoing support to research projects in the Quantum Nanomaterials Laboratory.

You will have significant engineering and technical expertise and experience, ideally supported by a postgraduate degree in Physics, Materials Science, Engineering or a related area. Good communication skills are also essential, including the ability to train all levels of users in the use of this specialised equipment, and to write training and other manuals. Ability to start by January 2018 would be desirable.

The closing date for applications is midday on 30 October 2017

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 131081 ). To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=131081

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The Department of Materials is actively promoting the provision of a family friendly working environment and together with the University of Oxford recognises the demands of work/life balance. Therefore for this project we encourage applications from candidates who wish either to hold these positions on a full time, or part time basis or need flexibility in their working hours and will discuss these opportunities with shortlisted applicants at interview.

Also see http://www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/

Administrative and Technical Staff Jobs

Support Job

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