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.

10 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)

*/**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 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.

Microelectronics Fabrication and Testing Engineer
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,434 to £34,233 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 117444

We wish to appoint a highly motivated engineer to develop fabrication processes and fabricate devices of unusual or novel geometries, resulting in a prototype display device. This is a highly focussed commercial development opportunity.

Applicants should by the start date have a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics or a related field or relevant industrial experience and demonstrate evidence of their ability to participate in highly technical discussions in the general area of electronic device and circuit development both with research colleagues and industrialists. Candidates should also have expertise with fabrication processes, device and nano fabrication techniques (including, but not limited to, e-beam lithography, optical lithography, RIE, characterisation techniques such as SEM and thin film deposition).

We wish to appoint to this 12-month post as soon as possible, and preference will be given to candidates who can give an early start date.

The closing date for applications is midday on 20 April 2015 with interviews currently planned for early May.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 117444). 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=117444

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.

Coordinator for Templeton World Charity Foundation Projects and Themes
Grade 8 / Salary: £38,511 to £45,954 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 117863

We have a vacancy for a high level coordinator with a degree and a doctorate in the natural sciences, or such fields as theology, philosophy, or the social sciences, together with knowledge and experience of funding agencies and grant making processes. The person appointed will work with Professor Briggs in a team led by Dr Bonnie Poon Zahl to formulate funding strategies and to develop proposals from researchers around the world for grants from Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF), in the general area of new spiritual information through science.

The largest core funding area of TWCF is research, education and other outreaches about basic understanding of ultimate reality governing the universe and humanity’s place in it, and the application of these discoveries to bring about widened meaning and purpose. In addition, TWCF supports research and programmes in other areas including individual freedom and free markets, genius and genetics, voluntary family planning, and character virtue development.

Although the core of the work will be performed in Oxford, there may be requirements to travel to meetings anywhere in the world, including Nassau in the Bahamas, either alone or with Professor Briggs or others. An essential skill is writing to a high standard based on analysis of complex documents. The post is funded through a contract between TWCF and the University of Oxford, and is available from 1 July 2015, for appointment until 30 June 2020.

The closing date for applications is midday on 6 May 2015 with interviews currently planned for 28 May 2015.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 117863). 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=117863

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.

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

Academic Staff Positions

Academic Job

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Support Staff Jobs

Support Job

Technical Laboratory Manager, Centre for Applied Superconductivity
Grade 6 / Salary: £27,057 to £32,277 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 117587

We wish to appoint to a new technical post to establish and run a new laboratory funded by investment from the Oxfordshire Local Economic Partnership. This post is funded for 5 years in the first instance and is available immediately.

You will be responsible for assisting in planning and running the Centre for Applied Superconductivity Materials Laboratory, including ensuring efficient and safe operation of equipment, training of student and external users, managing the maintenance and repair of vacuum and other equipment and working with research groups to design and construct specialist facilities.

We are looking for candidates who have significant engineering and technical experience, ideally with relevant HNC/degree level training and qualifications. You will need to have sufficient specialist knowledge in the area of high vacuum systems to support this equipment on a daily basis. Good communication skills are also important in this post as you will be expected to train users of the CfAS equipment as well as liaising with members of the department at all levels. NEBOSH qualifications will be an advantage.

The closing date for applications is midday on 23 April 2015 with interviews currently planned for 8 May 2015.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 177587 ). 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=177587

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 similar posts in the Department.

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