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Postdoc opportunity

Job Description
Post-doctoral Research Associate

Grade 7 – Scale point 41

Salary Range
£31,604 – £38,833
West Cambridge

This position is for a post-doctoral Research Associate to work in Professor Judith Driscoll’s research group –

The work will be conducted on developing materials and devices for micro-solid oxide fuel cells. Portable power (~1-20 W) for small electronic devices is a high value added market in Europe and several different technologies are being explored. In theory, micro-solid oxide fuel cells (micro-SOFCs) have the highest specific energy per unit mass ( and much faster recharging times compared to other portable power systems being researched today. However, they are currently limited by their high operation temperature of >~500°C, and the standard substrate, Si, is not ideal. This project will explore fabrication of micro-SOFCs using flexible metallic Ni-based substrates on which will be grown epitaxial thin film ionic and cathodic layers comprised of vertically aligned nanocomposite thin films, having much enhanced ionic transport and oxygen reduction rates, respectively.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake substrate processing and thin film growth by pulsed laser deposition. The project will also involve extensive materials by x-ray diffraction and electrochemical measurements.

The position is available for up to 22 months from 1st September 2018
Candidates should have a PhD and a strong background in applied physics/materials science or closely related subject, preferably with knowledge of thin film growth and electrochemical measurements.

Please apply here:

Look under "Research jobs" and search for the reference: LJ15442

A list of publications should also be uploaded with your application and CV and covering letter.

The closing date for applications is 10 June 2018.

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Interesting visit to Seoul, Anseong, Hangzhou, Souzhou and Shanghai.

May 10, 2018

On her Far East visit, Prof. Driscoll first had a very interesting visit to our sponsor, Sunam and she also attended the Chinese Chemical Society Meeting.

APL Materials Conference, 10-12 April 2018

Apr 14, 2018

Successful APL Materials Conference on 'Interfaces in Energy Materials'

Kroll Prize

Apr 04, 2018

Judith is very pleased to be notified that she is to be the IOM3 Kroll Prize recipient in 2018, following in the footsteps of former notable recipients from her dept. (Prof. Fray and Best and Dr. Kumar).

Alumnus Donation to Driscoll group

Apr 04, 2018

We are very happy to report that Dr. Bill Welland has made a further donation to support the research in the Driscoll group. Having such unattributed funds is most welcome and needed. Hence, we are very grateful to Bill for his generosity and for his interest in our work.

Science Festival and Ice Cream

Mar 24, 2018

Judith, her group and other members of the Materials Science dept. take part in the annual Cambridge Science Festival. We are very grateful to Trinity College for sponsoring the event.

New funding from The Office of Naval Research Global

Mar 16, 2018

We are pleased to announce funding from The Office of Naval Research Global for a 3 yr. funded program for a postdoc to work on Nanostructured Metamaterials for High-Tc Superconductivity.

Prof. Driscoll attends the COST TO BE Spring meeting in San Feliu

Mar 12, 2018

She talks about the prospects and challenges of ALD for complex Oxides, with co-author Dr. Napari. The talk is based on a paper they have written for the '2018 Oxide Technology Roadmap'

Dr. Ady Suwardi passed his PhD thesis

Mar 09, 2018


Dr. Mari Napari in COST Action HERALD Workshop

Mar 01, 2018

Dr. Mari Napari attended the COST Action HERALD Workshop in ICMAB Barcelona aimed for early career investigators (ECI) working in the field of ALD to create competitive proposals for joint, EU-funded research projects.

Prof. Driscoll visits Ras Al Khamiah, UAE

Feb 17, 2018

Prof. Driscoll attended the 10th meeting of IWAM. The meeting was in honour of Prof. Millie Dresselhaus who attended the meeting for many years.

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