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.

2 funded projects available at present.

*/** Characterisation of Crack Growth Effects in Nickel-Based Superalloys
( R C Reed, P Bagot and M Moody)

*/**An atomic clock based on endohedral fullerenes
( E A Laird / G A D Briggs / J Mol)

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 Applied Theory for Quantum Optimisation and Machine Learning
Grade 7: Salary in the range £30,434 - £33,242 p.a.. / Vacancy ID: 114417

A three-year postdoctoral research position on Quantum Optimisation and Machine Learning is available immediately. The successful applicant will join a new project jointly led by Oxford University, Nokia and Lockheed Martin. We welcome applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from computer science to quantum physics.

The post will be held in Oxford’s Quantum and Nanotechnology Theory group qunat.org led by Professor Simon Benjamin, part of the University’s integrated quantum science community which includes over 200 researchers (see OxfordQuantum.org) . The overarching aim of the project is to understand the potential for quantum technology to enhance optimisation and machine learning tasks, and the project will engage with the Oxford’s Machine Learning Research Group led by Professor Steve Roberts. A key technology to evaluate is adiabatic quantum annealing (for example the D-Wave family of devices), and there will also be opportunities to explore other emerging technologies in Oxford including molecular and nanoelectronic systems. Further information on the project is available at QuOpaL.com.

While it would be an advantage for an applicant to have expertise in both quantum science and optimisation / machine learning, this is not a requirement provided that the applicant is genuinely enthusiastic to master those aspects where he or she currently lacks a complete skill set. Applicants should have, by the start date, a doctorate relevant to one of these fields. The applicant should also have excellent communication skills, be highly self-motivated, and be willing to travel for short periods to work with collaborators worldwide as required. The full selection criteria are listed in the job description.

The closing date for applications is midday on 1 September 2014 with interviews currently planned for 24 September 2014.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 114417). 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=114417

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 (two posts)
Grade 8 / Salary: £38,511 to £45,954 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 114118

We have a vacancy for two high level coordinators to provide academic analysis of topics suitable for development into funding themes consistent with the aims of Sir John Templeton in the general area of new spiritual information through science. The persons appointed will work with Professor Briggs to formulate funding themes and to develop proposals from researchers around the world for grants from the Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF). Applicants will have an excellent degree and a doctorate in a subject relevant to TWCF grant making, such as natural or social sciences, or theology or philosophy, together with knowledge and experience of funding agencies and grant making processes. An essential skill is writing to a high standard based on analysis of complex documents.

The largest core funding area of this major philanthropic funding agency is research, education and other outreaches about basic understanding of 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 Freedom and Free Enterprise and Character 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. The posts are funded through a contract between TWCF and the University of Oxford, and are available immediately for appointment until 30 June 2015, with a likelihood of continuation beyond that date.

The closing date for applications is midday on 8 September 2014 with interviews currently planned for 19 September 2014.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 114118). 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=114118

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.

Energy Research Co-ordinator
Grade 7 / Salary: £30,434 - £37,394 p.a. Vacancy ID: 114571

We are seeking to recruit a new Energy Research Co-ordinator to be based in Oxford Materials working with Professor Peter G Bruce, FRS and eight other academics within the UK Energy Storage Consortium. The successful candidate will be expected to organise meetings of the consortium, manage the £5m budget, understand the research being undertaken and be able to present the research to external stakeholders, standing in for Professor Bruce when necessary. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to write reports, keep clear and accurate records and interact well with other admin staff both at Oxford and elsewhere.

Applicants should have an aptitude for managing and controlling the finance of a project, have the ability to prioritise and a PhD (completed before starting in post) in a related science or engineering subject. Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential. For full details of the post and selection criteria, please see the job description.

The closing date for applications is midday on 15 September 2014.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 114571). 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=114571

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 advanced in situ electron microscopy of nanostructured materials
Grade 7 / Salary in the range £30,434 to £33,242 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 114796

We have the opportunity for a postdoctoral research assistant with previous experience of in situ properties testing of nanomaterials in conjunction with analytical microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, high-angle annular dark field microscopy to join Professor Nicole Grobert’s group working on a project entitled ‘Dedicated growth of novel 1-dimensional materials for merging nanotechnological applications’ (DEDIGROWTH). The researcher will conduct in situ experiments and explore the properties of in-house produced nanomaterials using dedicated in situ holders in conjunction with the newly installed state-of-the-art high-resolution analytical transmission electron microscope (JEOL ARM200-F) featuring 100mm2 Centurion EDX detector and Gatan GIF Quantum 965 ER featuring Dual EELS and EFTEM capabilities.

The project is funded by the European Research Council, and the post is available immediately for up to 14 months (end date 31 January 2016).

The successful candidate will have (by the start date) a PhD in either physics or materials science, preferably in the area of electron microscopy, and expertise in one or more of the areas described above. They should also demonstrate the ability and motivation to manage their research project, have excellent communication skills, a strong publication record and enjoy working collaboratively and co-operatively with colleagues in the Grobert group as well as collaborators in the UK and overseas.

The closing date for applications is midday on 25 September 2014 with interviews currently planned for 10 October 2014.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 114796). 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=114796

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.

SuperSTEM Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,434 to £34,233 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 114770

A SuperSTEM Staff Scientist post is available to provide research leadership and user support at the SuperSTEM Laboratory, the EPSRC UK National Facility for Aberration-Corrected Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM): http://www.superstem.com. Based at the STFC Daresbury Laboratory, the post will be associated with the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford which is, along with Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, one of the managing universities of the SuperSTEM Laboratory.

The SuperSTEM Staff Scientist will undertake and lead aspects of research associated with aberration-corrected STEM machines, providing user support, contributing to the development of techniques and research funding applications, responsible for aspects of equipment maintenance and development, and undertaking administration and teaching as required. The post is available immediately for up to 24 months. Applicants should have a PhD in Physics, Materials, Engineering, Biology or a related field, or equivalent experience, with significant post-doctoral research experience in advanced electron microscopy.

The closing date for applications is midday on 24 September 2014 with interviews currently planned for 15 October 2014.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 114770). 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=114770

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.

ERC Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the application of in situ reaction monitoring devices
(Part-time) Grade 7 / Salary pro rata to £30,434 to £37,394 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 114795

We have the opportunity to appoint a part-time (50%) design and development engineer or technologist who can lead the technical development and application of a new in situ monitoring probe to map the chemical environment in nanomaterials reactors such as chemical vapour deposition. He/she will liaise with ISIS Innovation and industrial partners and conduct some market research. Furthermore, it is envisaged that prototype of the in situ probe is further developed and made suitable for other means of production technologies. The post holder will join Professor Nicole Grobert’s group working on a project entitled ‘Dedicated growth of novel 1-dimensional materials for merging nanotechnological applications’ (DEDIGROWTH), and will have experience in the design of dedicated gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and corresponding data acquisition and processing, chemical vapour deposition techniques and standard nanomaterials characterisation and manufacturing methods.

The project is funded by the European Research Council, and the post is available immediately for up to 16 months (end date 31 January 2016).

The successful candidate will have (by the start date) a PhD in materials science or a closely related subject and have hands on experience in the areas of nanomaterials production, in situ diagnostics, equipment design and/or mass spectroscopy and/or analytical techniques. He/she should also demonstrate the ability and motivation to manage his/her research project, have excellent communication skills, a strong publication record and enjoy working collaboratively and co-operatively with colleagues in the Grobert group as well as collaborators in the UK and overseas.

The closing date for applications is midday on Thursday 25 September 2014 with interviews currently planned for 10 October 2014.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 114795). 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=114795

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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Academic Staff Positions

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Support Staff Jobs

Support Job

Personal Assistant to the Professor of Nanomaterials
Grade 5 / Salary: £24,057 - £28,695 p.a. / Job Ref No: 114709

We have an immediate vacancy for a dynamic and enthusiastic Personal Assistant to Professor Andrew Briggs, Professor of Nanomaterials, to support a project to draw up research proposals to the Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF). These will be in the general area of the development of new spiritual information through science. This is a short-term PA post, to 30 June 2015, with a likelihood of continuation beyond that date.

You will be literate, numerate and well-organised and have a high level of competence in IT skills, including word-processing, e-mail, databases and spreadsheets. Previous PA experience and associated professional skills are essential. Audio-typing and a confident telephone manner are highly desirable, together with a high standard of written English. You will need to be self-motivated and tactful, and used to working with a wide range of people at all levels. You will be able to prioritise your workload as appropriate, produce accurate work with minimal supervision, and exercise considerable responsibility in drafting emails and letters and in diary management. Experience of working in a university environment, or workplace of comparable complexity, would be an advantage.

The closing date for applications is midday on 3 September 2014 with interviews currently planned for 15 September 2014.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 114709). 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=114709

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/