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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.
1 funded projects available at present.
*Defect engineering in diamond for magnetic field imaging and gradiometry
( Prof Jason Smith and Prof Martin Booth, Dept of Engineering Science)
New projects are added from time-to-time, so please review the list regularly.
Laboratory Manager, Quantum Nanodevices
Grade 6 / Salary in the range: £27,328 – £32,600 per annum
We are looking for a Laboratory Manager to ensure the smooth operation of the Quantum Nanotechnologies Laboratory. You will possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the area of cryogenic systems, microwave electronics, and lasers to support the experimental facilities on a daily basis. The position is available for a fixed-Term for up to five years. You will be responsible for operating, maintaining and repairing equipment in the laboratory. You will provide training and practical supervision of external users, students and other researchers, and be responsible for ensuring there is a strong safety culture in the laboratory.
You will have significant engineering and technical expertise and experience, ideally supported by relevant HNC/degree level training in Engineering or a related area. Good communication skills are also essential, including the ability to train all levels of users in the use of this specialised equipment, and to write training and other manuals. Ability to start by January 2017 would be desirable.
The Department of Materials is actively promoting the provision of a family friendly working environment and together with the University of Oxford recognises the demands of work/life balance. Therefore for this project we encourage applications from candidates who wish either to hold these positions on a full time, or part time basis or need flexibility in their working hours and will discuss these opportunities with shortlisted applicants at interview.
The closing date for applications is midday on 31 October 2016.
Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 125429 ). 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=125429
Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Materials Chemistry and Energy Storage (up to three posts)
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,738 - £34,576 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 125482
We are seeking to appoint up to three Postdoctoral Research Assistants, supervised by Professor Peter Bruce, Wolfson Professor of Materials Science. You will have expertise in at least one of the following: solid state chemistry, synthesis of nanostructured materials, energy research, materials chemistry, electrochemistry, surface science, or spectroscopy. These full-time posts are fixed-term for up to three years. You will develop research objectives/proposals and plan and manage research in one of the following areas:
1. The discovery and investigation of new compounds with application as electrodes in lithium and sodium batteries for energy storage. An interest in solid state chemistry or materials chemistry (synthesis and characterization using a wide range of techniques) is required.
2. The synthesis and investigation of solid state electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries. An interest in solid state chemistry or materials chemistry (synthesis and characterization using a wide range of techniques) is required.
3. To investigate the electrochemistry of Li-O2 cells. Unlocking the performance of this potentially transformational energy storage technology requires an understanding of the fundamental electrochemical processes, e.g. O2 reduction.
You will have a good first degree and a completed doctorate (by the start date) in a relevant area. You will have excellent oral and written communication skills, along with a strong record of journal publication or other output record commensurate with experience.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 26 October 2016.
Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 125482 ). 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=125482
Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Electron Microscopy of Carbon Nanodevices
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,738 - £34,576 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 125488
A postdoctoral research appointment in electron microscopy of molecular quantum devices is available for a fixed-term of up to 2 years. This full time post will be under the supervision of Professors Andrew Briggs and Jamie Warner. The person appointed will undertake AC-TEM of the graphene nanogaps, including imaging their edge termination, and detailed characterisation of the attachment of anchor groups to the graphene (both non-covalent and covalent).
A breakthrough in the development of single-molecule transistors has come with the development of nanogaps in graphene for electrodes, leading to unprecedented stability and reproducibility of devices. There is now an urgent need to characterise the atomic detail of the electrodes and the attachment of the molecular anchor groups, including in situ dynamic effects of current. This full-time post offers an excellent opportunity to make progress towards emerging quantum technologies through fundamental scientific discovery.
By the start date applicants must have completed a doctorate in a relevant physical science and have an outstanding track record of research and publications, commensurate with stage in career. Applicants will have research experience in high resolution aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy of materials such as graphene. Willingness and ability to engage with others in collaborative research is essential for this post. Availability to start on or before 9 January 2017 would be desirable.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 20 October 2016.
Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 125488 ). 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=125488
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