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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.

2 funded projects available at present.

Engineering nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamond using laser writing
( Jason Smith (Materials) with Patrick Salter and Martin Booth (Engineering Science))

Micromechanical Studies of Fatigue in Superalloys
( Prof Angus J Wilkinson and Dr Jicheng Gong)

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 Researcher in the Synthesis of Molecular Graphenoids
Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

A research post in the synthesis of molecular graphene nanosystems is available immediately, for a fixed-term of 24 months. The post will be developed in the framework of an ERC project, under the supervision of Professor Lapo Bogani. The postholder will explore the chemistry of molecular graphenoids and graphene nanoribbons that contain magnetic spin centres. The systems will prompt the exploration, within the ERC project, via time-resolved spectroscopy and integration into single-molecule electronic devices connected across graphene nanogaps.

A breakthrough in the development of graphene nanosystems has come with the design and synthesis of molecular graphenoids, where atomic control over the structure is possible. This opens up the possibility of investigating long-sought magnetic properties and understanding the electronic behaviour of related devices. This purpose will necessitate non-trivial synthetic advances: using magnetic side-functionalization of nanoribbons; by integrating the chemistry of graphenoids with the coordination chemistry of transition metals and rare-earths. This full-time post offers the opportunity to establish the synthetic pathways for magnetic graphenoids, and to create the first libraries towards emerging quantum technologies. It is thus an opportunity to develop a novel area of chemistry, and investigate fundamental structure-properties links.

Applicants must have a doctorate in synthetic chemistry (or be near completion) and have an outstanding track record of research and publications, commensurate with stage in career. Applicants will have research experience in creating graphene nanoribbons or polycyclic aromatic molecules via wet chemistry synthetic procedures. Experience of coordination chemistry is desirable but not of primary importance. Willingness and ability to engage with others in collaborative research is essential for this post, as interaction with groups in Germany is planned.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Monday 29 July 2019.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Silicon Solar Cells
Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

Working as part of the Semiconductor and Silicon Photovoltaics group at the University of Oxford (which aims to investigate methods for improving the performance of silicon solar cells) you will be responsible for the investigation and optimisation of novel methods for texturing silicon, and their integration into solar cell manufacturing. It is expected that you will make extensive use of solar cell processing and characterisation techniques, in addition to the use of the prototype gas-phase apparatus. Electrical, optical and morphological characterisation will be conducted using techniques such as photoconductance, reflectance spectrometry, SEM, AFM and Electron Beam Induced Current. This project will involve working with partners at the University of Southampton. The role will also involve the publication and dissemination of results through journal papers and conference presentations, as well as developing new grant proposals for future work. Responsibilities will also include involvement with other projects in the research group in terms of day-to-day supervision of students and support in developing the research.

This post is fixed-term for up to 18 months with the possibility of extension.

With a relevant PhD (or near to completion), together with relevant experience in the field of silicon based solar cells you will be self-motivated, able to plan and deliver a research project and have a strong publication record. Ideally you will have experience with electrical and optical characterisation of silicon devices and experience working in a semiconductor clean room.

All applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 30 July 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 13 August 2019 and you must be available on that date either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Surface Science for Solid State Li and Na Batteries
Grade 7: Salary in the range £32,236 - £33,199 p.a.

The role is to contribute to the Solid State Metal Anode Battery (SOLBAT) project funded through the Faraday Institute. The postholder will perform research to understand the wetting behaviour of Li and Na on oxide substrates using UHV surface science techniques including scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. You will be a member of the Surface Nanoscience Research Group, report to Professor Martin Castell, and will be an active member of the SOLBAT research community. The post is available for up to 6 months, with a fixed end date of 29 February 2020.

With a background in UHV scanning tunneling microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the behaviour of metal wetting on oxide substrates you will be self-motivated and able to plan and deliver a research project. You will have a relevant PhD (or be near completion) together with relevant experience in the field of UHV surface science.

Working in collaboration with the wider community of SOLBAT researchers and as part of the Surface Nanoscience group we are working on the wetting behaviour of Li and Na on oxide cathode materials.

All applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 1 August 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials in the middle of August and you must be available, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantitative (S)TEM and Phasing Methods (2 posts)
Grade 7: Salary in the range £32,236 - £35,211 p.a.

We are looking to recruit two postdoctoral researchers to support a major European project (ESTEEM3) which runs until December 2022. The successful applicants will work on the development of advanced (scanning) transmission electron microscopy quantification and phasing methods, particularly under low dose conditions. They will also provide experimental support to users who have been awarded time under the EASTEEM3 transnational access scheme. This is an exciting opportunity to interact with a wide range of research projects.

With a background in electron microscopy you will be self-motivated, able to plan and deliver a research project. You will have a PhD a relevant discipline and experience in aberration corrected electron microscopy and phasing methods.

You will develop image quantification and phasing methods including ptychography and exit wavefunction retrieval in the (scanning) transmission electron microscope reconstruction in the TEM for a range of materials, with an emphasis on applying these under low dose conditions.

All applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 30 August 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 1 October 2019 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

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