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.

6 funded projects available at present.

*/**/*** Multiscale mechanical characterisation of ceramics for understanding ceramic armour materials
( R.I. Todd and N. Petrinic (Dept. of Engineering Science))

*/**/***Three projects on the materials chemistry and electrochemistry of lithium-air, lithium-ion and 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**)

*/**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 Inorganic Synthesis for Molecular Quantum Nanotechnologies
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,434 to £32,277 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 117974

A postdoctoral position is available immediately, for up to 24 months, to undertake experimental research on the synthesis and characterization of rare-earth based magnetic molecular systems. Applicants will have research experience in the synthesis of molecular magnets based on rare-earths (possibly under controlled conditions such as glove box and schlenk line), single-crystal and powder X-ray crystallography and magnetic measurements at cryogenic temperatures and their interpretation. Knowledge of the optical emission properties of these systems, fabrication and nanocharacterisation (ESM or TEM) and pulsed magnetic resonance of electron and nuclear spins are interesting pluses. Candidates should show a strong command of English language and experience in organizing and writing papers for top-ranking journals. The post is part of a multidisciplinary project Optical Control of Quantum Molecules, led by Dr Lapo Bogani, of programme Molecular Quantum Devices, led by Prof. Andrew Briggs. The research line is to be developed in collaboration with Prof. Harry Anderson (Chemistry Department).

The post is funded by the European Union via an ERC-StG. The research is in collaboration with the departments of Physics and Chemistry. It offers an excellent opportunity to develop practical technologies based on synthetizing multifunctional magnetic materials, controlling optical and magnetic quantum states, and understanding the behaviour of molecular spins in electronic devices. The key challenge is to create tailored rare-earth based molecules to understand the interplay of electronic and spin degrees of freedom in molecular spintronics.

By the start date applicants must have completed a doctorate in a relevant area of chemical science. We shall be looking for an outstanding track record of research and publications, and in particular about first authorship in top-ranking journals, commensurate with the stage in career. Please see the job description for full details and selection criteria.

The closing date for applications is midday on 27 May 2015 with interviews currently planned for 8 June 2015.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 117974 ). 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=117974

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.

OMCS-Keysight Showcase Laboratory Analyst
Grade 6 / Salary: £27,057 to £32,277 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 118101

Applications are invited for a postgraduate/doctoral position to run the OMCS-Keysight Showcase Laboratory for materials characterisation. The post is available now for up to 3 years duration.

OMCS has agreed with Keysight to showcase and demonstrate the company’s state-of-the-art nano-mechanical testing equipment and scanning probe and electron microscopes in the Department of Materials at the Begbroke Science Park site. Reporting to the Manager of OMCS, the post holder will help deliver a high quality, responsive analytical service to both internal and external customers and provide user training supporting research. The post holder will also be expected to work closely with Keysight and demonstrate their equipment to potential customers on and off site and provide technical applications support and development to Keysight.

Applicants must have a good degree or equivalent qualification in Material Science, Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Biophysics or a related field. They must demonstrate an aptitude for, or experience in, working with sophisticated laboratory instrumentation such as scanning probe or electron microscopy or nanoindentation. They must have excellent communication skills, including the ability to converse with customers, research scientists and other members of the Department both orally and in writing. Experience of training or teaching would be an advantage as well as a proven ability to manage workloads within the delivery objectives of OMCS and Keysight. Training in the operation of Keysight equipment will be provided. The post would suit someone with an interest in working at the academic/industry interface.

The closing date for applications is midday on 18 June 2015 with interviews currently planned for the week beginning 6 July 2015.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 118101 ). 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=118101

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.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Electrochemical Gas Sensor Development
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,434 to £33,242 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 118194

Professor Martin Castell is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join his Surface Nanoscience Group to work on the development of a high sensitivity electrochemical sensor of low concentrations of analytes in the gas phase. Applicants should have expertise in the area of gas phase electrochemical sensing. Experience in the following areas is also an advantage: UHV instrumentation and processing, electrochemical device design and manufacture, conducting polymer deposition, signal processing, and surface characterisation via SEM and AFM. The appointment is for up to 24 months starting on a date that is mutually agreeable from 1 August 2015 onwards.

Applicants should have a good first degree and a completed doctorate (by the start date) in Physics, Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry or a related area. The EPSRC grant that will support this position is a venture involving collaboration between the Oxford Materials, Physics, and Engineering departments, as well as the Universities of Exeter and Southampton.

The closing date for applications is midday on 26 June 2015 with interviews (skype interviews for overseas applicants) currently planned for 21 July. Informal questions concerning this post and the project may be addressed to Professor Castell (martin.castell@materials.ox.ac.uk).

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 118194 ). 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=118194

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 NanoSIMS analysis of oxidation mechanisms in zirconium alloys
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,434 to £34,233 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 118282

Applications are invited from postdoctoral research assistants with expertise in operating a high resolution SIMS instrument to fill a post funded by the EPSRC grant award “Corrosion and hydrogen pick-up mechanisms in zirconium nuclear fuel cladding alloys in active environments”. The main aim of the project is to use high resolution analytical techniques to study the key mechanisms involved in the oxidation of zirconium alloys in nuclear pressurised water reactors and the pickup of hydrogen during this aqueous corrosion process.

We have in previous work developed new sample preparation techniques and new analytical protocols for the detailed analyses of what is happening at the rate-determining metal/oxide interface at different stages of the oxidation process. It is these techniques that we now intend to apply to zirconium samples from real reactor environments where neutron damage may alter many of the key mechanisms, with the aim of suggesting how these alloys can be designed to give better degradation performance in service. Samples will be provided by our industrial partners, Westinghouse and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.

The post, which is for a fixed term of up to 36 months, is available from 1 July 2015. By the start date, applicants should have a good first degree and completed PhD in Physics, Materials, Engineering, Chemistry or a related field. Experience with operating a high resolution SIMS instrument (preferably a Cameca NanoSIMS) and a good understanding of its principles of operation and evidence of a publication and research track record are both important prerequisites.

The closing date for applications is midday on 10 June 2015 with interviews currently planned for 22 June 2015.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 118282 ). 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=118282

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 Semiconductor Materials for Solar Cells
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,434 to £34,233 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 118435

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to undertake experimental research on the electrical properties of defects in multicrystalline silicon with application to solar cells. The project aims to improve the efficiency of mc-Si solar cells by the development of novel gettering processes and better understanding the electrical activity of impurities at individual defects, mainly dislocations, before and after gettering and passivation processes. The post is available from September 2015 for 3 years.

This post is part of an EPSRC funded project entitled “SuperSilicon PV: extending the limits of material performance” (grant EP/M024911/1). The post holder will work under the supervision of Professor Peter Wilshaw. You will also be required to build strong working relationships with associated researchers at the University of Manchester and the University of Warwick, and other academic and industrial project partners. This project is based in the Semiconductor and Silicon Photovoltaics Group with strong collaboration with the Atom Probe Group. You will use facilities at the Begbroke semiconductor clean room, use a state of the art “auto-EBIC” system in collaboration with Oxford Instruments and apply electrical characterisation methods. You will be closely involved with the assessment of the material using transmission electron microscopy, advanced FIB (focused ion beam) and APT (atom probe tomography) techniques. This will enable “atom by atom” analyses on individual dislocations whose electrical properties you will have modified and electrically characterised. The project is in collaboration with a UK multicrystalline silicon manufacturer, PV Crystalox, who will supply silicon material processed under different conditions.

By the start date applicants must have completed a doctorate (or equivalent) in Materials Science, Physics, a relevant Engineering discipline or another relevant subject. You will be able to demonstrate experience of experimental research in materials science, materials physics or materials engineering. Prior experience of working on silicon materials for photovoltaics would be an advantage. Materials characterisation experience relevant to semiconductor materials is essential, and this may include (but is not limited to) the use of techniques such as minority carrier lifetime measurements, IV, four-point-probe, or other related techniques. Additional experience in more general materials characterisation techniques (e.g. SEM, TEM, EBSD, EBIC) would be an advantage, but is not essential. Please see the job description for full details and selection criteria.

As well as the technical skills outlined above you must be able to evidence a developing research profile and the ability to publish high quality research papers. You will have strong data analysis skills and excellent general IT skills for writing technical papers and presentations. You will be able to demonstrate that you are an excellent communicator with experience of giving effective technical research presentations.

The closing date for applications is midday on 22 June 2015 with interviews currently planned for mid-July 2015.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 118435). 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=118435

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

OMCS-Keysight Showcase Laboratory Analyst
Grade 6 / Salary: £27,057 to £32,277 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 118101

Applications are invited for a postgraduate/doctoral position to run the OMCS-Keysight Showcase Laboratory for materials characterisation. The post is available now for up to 3 years duration.

OMCS has agreed with Keysight to showcase and demonstrate the company’s state-of-the-art nano-mechanical testing equipment and scanning probe and electron microscopes in the Department of Materials at the Begbroke Science Park site. Reporting to the Manager of OMCS, the post holder will help deliver a high quality, responsive analytical service to both internal and external customers and provide user training supporting research. The post holder will also be expected to work closely with Keysight and demonstrate their equipment to potential customers on and off site and provide technical applications support and development to Keysight.

Applicants must have a good degree or equivalent qualification in Material Science, Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Biophysics or a related field. They must demonstrate an aptitude for, or experience in, working with sophisticated laboratory instrumentation such as scanning probe or electron microscopy or nanoindentation. They must have excellent communication skills, including the ability to converse with customers, research scientists and other members of the Department both orally and in writing. Experience of training or teaching would be an advantage as well as a proven ability to manage workloads within the delivery objectives of OMCS and Keysight. Training in the operation of Keysight equipment will be provided. The post would suit someone with an interest in working at the academic/industry interface.

The closing date for applications is midday on 18 June 2015 with interviews currently planned for the week beginning 6 July 2015.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 118101 ). 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=118101

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.

Finance Officer (Begbroke) (Part-Time – 50%)
Grade 4 / Salary pro rata to: £20,781 to £24,057 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 118350

Applications are invited for a Finance Officer/Administrative Assistant to work with Oxford Materials Characterisation Service (OMCS) – a small dynamic team offering commercial services to industry for the Department of Materials. The position is part-time (50% FTE); available immediately and permanent (dependent on continuing OMCS income).

Applicants should be articulate, literate and numerate with an interest in working in a small science driven team delivering support for commercial services, including raising invoices, processing orders, raising requisitions and producing basic financial reports. Some knowledge of customer relationship management and financial system software would be an advantage but full training will be provided. Applicants should have very good communication skills and an ability to interface with our customers. They should be able to work independently and as part of a team, and be able to prioritise and work to deadlines. The post would suit a well organised self-motivated individual with an interest in developing their career in finance and administration.

The closing date for applications is midday on 19 June 2015 with interviews currently planned for 14 July 2015.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 118350 ). 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=118350

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/