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Research Assistant/Associate

New PDRA position open on enhancing superconductive transition temperature using a metalmaterials approach achieved by novel epitaxial nanocomposite.

Salary: £25,728-£38,833

Closing date: 19 September 2018

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance with the possibility of extension.

This position is for a post-doctoral Research Associate/Assistant to work in Professor Judith Driscoll's research group:

The project is funded by the Office of Naval Research. It aims to use a metamaterials approach for enhancing the superconductive transition temperature, Tc, of high temperature superconductors. The project will be a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, where the post-doctoral researcher will synthesize novel epitaxial nanocomposite thin film systems, the Naval research lab in Washington DC, where superconducting measurements will be undertaken, Towson University, where optical properties of the samples will be made, and the University of Maryland, where modelling will be undertaken.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake superconductor thin film growth by pulsed laser deposition as well as extensive materials by x-ray diffraction and basic superconducting measurements. The position is available for a relatively junior postdoc. for one year in the first instance, with the possibility of extension. The post should start between 1st November 2018 and 1 January 2019.

Candidates should have a PhD and a strong background in applied physics/materials science or closely related subject, preferably with knowledge of oxide thin film growth, superconductivity, and physical property measurements. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required to conduct with international project between 4 different partners.

Applications will also be considered from candidates who are within 3 months of submitting their thesis.  They would be recruited as an Assistant and would be promoted to Associate upon producing evidence of their PhD award.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

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Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a research statement and two letters of recommendation should be submitted in support of the application.

A list of publications should also be uploaded with your application together with your CV and covering letter. Please quote reference LJ16433 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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