Vacancies

Please see the lists below for the current vacancies. It is possible that more up-to-date information is available from posts@materials.ox.ac.uk or the secretary to the Director of Graduate Studies, graduate.studies@materials.ox.ac.uk.

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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.

11 funded projects available at present.

*/** Persistent mode superconducting joints
( S.C. Speller, C. Johnston, C.R.M Grovenor and M’hamed Lakrimi)

*/**/***Three projects on the materials chemistry and electrochemistry of lithium-air, lithium-ion & sodium-ion batteries, and Li-ion solid electrolytes
( Prof Peter G Bruce (Wolfson Chair in Materials, Departments of Materials and Chemistry))

*/**Defects in diamond as spin qubits in quantum networks
( Professor Jason Smith)

*/**Effects of strain rates, loading directions and fatigue on impact behaviour of Polycrystalline Diamond Cutters
( Professor Richard Todd, Professor Clive Siviour*, Dr Mandar Thakare**)

*/**Fuel retention in plasma facing materials of the JET ITER-like wall
( Prof S Lozano-Perez and Dr Anna Widdowson (CCFE))

*/**Improved Efficiency Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells
( Prof P R Wilshaw)

*/**Microscale and ultrafast high cycle fatigue testing
( A J Wilkinson)

*/**Safety and Reliability of Reactor Pressure Vessel Steels
( Professor Michael Moody, Dr Paul Bagot and Professor George Smith, FRS)

*/**Slip Band – Grain Boundary Interactions in Ti alloys
( A J Wilkinson)

*/**Spectroscopy and modelling of catalyst nanoparticles
( Dr R J Nicholls, Dr D Ozkaya*, Dr M Schuster*, Prof P D Nellist (*Johnson Matthey))

*/**Ultra strong and ultra light carbon nanomaterials inorganic composite materials
( Professor N. Grobert, Professor R.I. Todd)

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.

Post-doctoral Research Vacancies

Research Job

Postdoctoral research assistant in atom probe characterisation of nuclear materials
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,434 to £32,277 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 116973

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in atom probe characterisation of nuclear materials, working on a collaborative project with partners in the USA and at the University of Manchester to investigate the utility of ion irradiation as a proxy for neutron irradiation in the study of the effects of radiation damage on the structure and properties of nuclear materials. The project is funded in the UK by the EPSRC, and in the USA by the DoE. The researcher at Oxford is to undertake atom probe tomography (APT) characterisation in the study of ion- and neutron irradiated steels and other alloys. Specimens for APT analysis will be prepared via focussed ion beam (FIB) techniques. APT analysis will be in parallel with complementary characterisation studies of radiation damage and deformation, undertaken both at Oxford and by collaborating partners. The post is available immediately for up to 22 months’ duration.

Applicants must have (by the start date) a doctorate in materials science, physics or a related area. Proven skills in atom probe tomography and/or focussed-ion-beam specimen preparation is essential. Expertise in some or all of SEM, TEM, radiation damage in materials, and experience in working with radioactive materials would be desirable. Excellent communication skills, and willingness and ability to travel to work with collaborators in the UK and the USA, are required.

The closing date for applications is midday on Monday 9 March 2015 with interviews currently planned for 24 March 2015.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 116973). 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=116973

The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan silver award holder. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Post-doctoral research associate in fast pixelated detectors for scanning transmission electron microscopy
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,434 to £33,242 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 117029

Applications are invited for two fixed-term (up to 36 months) postdoctoral positions (one at Glasgow and one at Oxford) in research associated with using fast pixelated detectors in STEM.

The overarching aim of the project is to use fast pixelated detectors to record the intensity as a function of scattering angle in the detector plane of a STEM, which is effectively a diffraction pattern. By recording each two-dimensional diffraction pattern as a function of probe position in a two-dimensional scan, a four-dimensional data set can be recorded that is the ultimate STEM imaging experiment. Such a rich dataset contains information about the phase shift that results from transmission, about the composition of the sample, the strain in the sample and the three-dimensional ordering in the sample. We propose to develop the methods to record this 4D data set, using fast pixelated detectors, and by developing an optimised direct-detection system, together with the methods to process such datasets to enable physically useful measurements to be made. Application areas include imaging of soft materials, detection of fields and charge transfer, separation of strain and compositional information, and measurement of three-dimensional crystallographic ordering.

The posts have been created through the funding by the EPSRC of a joint project between The Universities of Glasgow and Oxford on developing methods and applications associated with pixelated detectors in aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy.

The posts are available from 1 April 2015. By the start date, applicants should have a good first degree and completed PhD in Physics, Materials, Engineering, Chemistry or a related field. They should have experience with operating a STEM and a good understanding of its principles of operation, a high level of expertise in the theory of electron scattering and image formation in the electron microscope, and excellent IT skills including the use of electron microscopy specific software packages and an ability to write code using a suitable high-level language.

The closing date for applications is midday on 11 March 2015 with interviews currently planned for 24 March 2015 (in Glasgow). It is important that candidates submit applications to both Oxford and Glasgow (these can be identical applications) if they wish to be considered for both posts. Please see http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/jobs/ for details specific to the Glasgow post, including how to apply for it.

Applications for the Oxford post are to be made online (vacancy reference 117029). 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=117029

The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan silver award holder. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Fullerene Chemistry for Organic Electronics
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,434 to £33,242 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 116976

We seek a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in synthesis of materials and advanced characterisation techniques in endohedral fullerene chemistry for organic electronics. The post, available immediately, is for up to 17 months.

The SMARTONICS project involves 18 academic institutions and technology companies from five European countries conducting research into the synthesis of smart materials and the development of technologies for the fabrication of pilot lines where cost-efficient devices for OE applications (OPVs, OLEDs, sensors etc) will be manufactured.

Supervised by Dr K Porfyrakis, the work will involve synthesis of fullerenes (including endohedral fullerenes) and their chemical functionalization to improve their electron accepting properties for use in organic electronics. You will be responsible for synthesis and purification of materials and for their spectroscopic characterization via techniques such as NMR, ESR, UV-Vis absorption and MS. You will functionalise various fullerenes with functional groups improving their electronic properties and their miscibility with host matrices such as polymers.

Applicants should have, by the start date, a PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a closely related subject. Proven skills in the chemical functionalization of fullerenes, and expertise in advanced characterization techniques such as NMR and/or ESR are necessary. Excellent communication skills, ability to work collaboratively within a group and willingness to travel for short periods to work with collaborators in Europe are required.

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 13 March 2015 with interviews currently planned for 30 March 2015.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 116976). 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=116976

The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan silver award holder. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

 

DEPARTMENT OF MATERIALS and UK Centre for NETWORKED QUANTUM INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in “Optically Networked Quantum Spin Registers in Diamond”
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,434 to £32,277 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 116667

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position in the field of “Optically Networked Quantum Spin Registers”, part of the new Oxford University-led UK Hub in Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT).

The post holder will be responsible for building demonstrators of optically networked spin registers using nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamond coupled to tunable microcavities. This project is a major element of the NQIT goal to realise solid state nodes for scalable quantum networks, supervised by Professor Jason Smith (Dept of Materials). You will be part of a broader team focused on diamond quantum technologies, including groups at Oxford (Walmsley, Nunn), Cambridge (Atature), Warwick (Newton, Morley), and Strathclyde (Gu, Watson, Dawson). You will also work collaboratively with colleagues from several scientific disciplines within the wider NQIT Programme. The post is available immediately, initially until 30 November 2016.

Candidates should have an outstanding track record of research commensurate with their stage of career, with a doctorate in physics, materials science, chemistry, engineering or related discipline. They should have a sound grasp of quantum mechanics, optics and atomic/molecular/solid state physics, and practical experience in optical microscopy, spectroscopy or laser science. Experience with experiments in cavity QED or in diamond spin registers is desirable.

The closing date for applications is midday on 13 March 2015 with interviews currently planned for the week beginning 6 April 2015. Informal enquiries (not applications) may be directed to jason.smith@materials.ox.ac.uk.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 116667). 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=116667

The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan silver award holder. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Phase Change Materials/Nanomanufacturing/NEMS (two posts) Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,434 to £34,233 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 116626

Professor Harish Bhaskaran is seeking to recruit two Postdoctoral Research Associates, to join his Advanced Nanoscale Engineering Group working within the Nanomanufacturing, NEMS and Phase Change Positions areas of research. The appointments are for up to 24 months starting as soon as possible.

Candidates are expected to have excellent interpersonal and experimental skills in one or more of the following areas - either photonics and optoelectronic devices fabrication and testing, nanoscale jet printing based device manufacturing, development of a range of phase change materials-based devices and systems, or design, fabrication and ultrasensitive measurements of nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS).

Applicants should have a good first degree and a completed doctorate (by the start date) in Physics, Engineering, Materials Science or a related area, preferably in the areas of NEMS, Photonics or Optoelectronics, phase change materials or atomic force microscopy.

The closing date for applications is midday on 23 March 2015 with Skype interviews currently planned for late March. Informal questions concerning these posts and the project may be addressed to Professor Bhaskaran (harish.bhaskaran@materials.ox.ac.uk).

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 116626). 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=116626

The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan silver award holder. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Foundations of Quantum Reality
Grade 7 / Salary: £30,434 to £37,394 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 117217

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position testing maximally psi-epistemic theories of reality. Applicants will have research experience in relating the mathematical and philosophical foundations of quantum theory to practical experimental tests. The post is available immediately for up to 12 months’ duration.

The aim of the project is to put philosophical questions about the nature of the physical world to the test of experiments performed in the laboratory. The project is funded by Templeton Religion Trust. The person appointed, working with Professor Andrew Briggs (Department of Materials Science) and Dr Owen Maroney (Faculty of Philosophy), will develop theoretical understanding of practical tests of quantum contextuality proofs, pre- and post-selection paradoxes, the Leggett-Garg inequalities and psi-epistemic no-go theorems. The project is in collaboration with the University of New South Wales, where Dr Stephanie Simmons and Professor Andrea Morello will use a single phosphorus atom in a silicon nanoelectronic device to test a no-go theorem concerning the reality of the quantum state.

By the start date applicants must have completed a relevant doctorate in physical science or philosophy, and have an outstanding track record of research and publications, commensurate with the stage in career. Willingness and ability to engage with others in deeper theoretical and philosophical questions is essential for this post.

The closing date for applications is midday on 1 April 2015 with interviews currently planned for 27 April 2015.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 117217). 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=117217

The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan silver award holder. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

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