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The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan Bronze Award holder 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: hannah.gilbert@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.

6 funded projects available at present.

***Towards the Perfect Neck for High Pressure High Temperature Polycrystalline Diamond
( Prof Richard I Todd, Prof Peter D Nellist and from Element 6 Global Innovation Centre: Dr Roger Nilen, Dr Ed Eardley )

*/**From light to heavy: making predictions of solid-state NMR parameters truly multi-nuclear
( Prof J R Yates)

*/**Thermo-mechanical property measurement of nuclear graphites at elevated temperatures
( T J Marrow)

*/**Unconventional Computing using a Materials Science Approach
( H. Bhaskaran)

*/**Understanding battery chemistry with in-situ electron microscopy
( Dr Alex W Robertson and Prof Peter G Bruce)

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

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

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental Quantum Transport and Nanomechanics
Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 per annum

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant, to carry out fabrication and investigation of devices with electronic and mechanical degrees of freedom. This post will be under the supervision of Dr Natalia Ares and Professor Andrew Briggs. The development of quantum devices that combine both electronic and mechanical degrees of freedom has opened the door to the study of electron-phonon interactions in these devices. These interactions play a crucial role in quantum transport and the interplay between different degrees of freedom might be a key tool to access thermodynamic quantities at the nanoscale. As quantum technologies develop, thermodynamics has to scale down, and questions such as ‘How do quantum systems thermalize?’ arise. This post offers an excellent opportunity to make progress towards emerging quantum technologies through fundamental scientific discovery.

The person appointed will fabricate and test nanoelectromechanical devices, with a view to study electron/phonon interactions and non-equilibrium thermodynamics. You will also carry out experiments on electron/hole transport, nanomechanics, circuit optomechanics and circuit QED, where appropriate at cryogenic temperatures. The Research Assistant will engage and work collaboratively with others, and participate in meetings with other researchers in Oxford and elsewhere as required. You will also be responsible for planning and managing research and administrative activities, with the ability to co-ordinate all aspects of the project and to meet deadlines.

Applicants must hold a PhD/DPhil, or be near to completing a PhD/DPhil in a relevant physical science, and have an outstanding track record of research and publications, commensurate with stage in career. You will also have research experience in nanodevice fabrication and measurement, and have the ability to contribute at a high level to fundamental science of quantum nanodevices. Willingness and the ability to engage with others in collaborative research are essential for this post, as well as the ability to work independently, along with excellent organisation skills. Experience of quantum transport and/or circuit optomechanics would be desirable.

This full-time fixed-term post is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and the EPSRC for up to 31 March 2021, and is based at the Department of Materials, Parks Road, Oxford.

All applications are to be made online, and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your application.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 134940). 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=134940

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 15 June 2018, with interviews for shortlisted candidates to be held in the week commencing 25 June 2018.

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.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Quantum Control of Molecular Graphene Grade 7: £31,604 - £35,550 per annum

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to measure the coherence properties of molecular magnetic systems with donor-acceptor dyads and of molecular graphene nanostructures. The work will be carried out in the group of Professor Lapo Bogani, and the project focuses on the use of pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques at variable frequencies (X, Q and W-band) and under the presence of ns optical excitation. The candidate will be responsible for the measurements, the data treatment and the creation of novel pulse sequences for the characterization of light-induced phenomena in dyadic molecular magnets and of spin coherence in magnetic graphene nanoribbons.

Applicants should hold a PhD/DPhil, or be near completion of a PhD/DPhil in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science, or in a subject area relevant to the quantum control of molecular materials, and have excellent skills in pulsed EPR. You should have significant experience in conducting and non-conducting magnetic systems, especially graphene-based molecular systems, along with familiarity with pulsed (ns) multi-frequency laser systems. Evidence of the ability to contribute at high level to fundamental science in molecular quantum devices and their quantum control with light and microwave pulses is also essential for this role. You will also have a strong publication record (commensurate with stage in career) in peer-reviewed journals, books, or other appropriate media. Experience in cryogenics would also be advantageous.

This full-time fixed-term post is funded by the European Research Council for up to 36 months in the first instance, and is based at the Department of Materials, Parks Road, Oxford.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 135355). 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=135355

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday, 15 June 2018, with interviews for shortlisted candidates planned for week commencing on the 18 June 2018.

 

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