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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

The post should ideally start between 1st January 2021 and 1st March 2021.

This position is for a Research Assistant/Associate to work in Professor Judith Driscoll's research group,, to undertake research on ferroelectric HfO2 thin films made by advanced, pulsed laser deposition. The position is funded by funded by Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake experimental research in a team environment, working under the supervision of Professor Driscoll, alongside other research groups within the University of Cambridge collaborating on this topic. This includes: Di Martino's group (, and Flewitt's group (, where electrical characterization will be performed, and the Samsung research laboratory in Korea, where specialised devices will be synthesised and measured.

Experience is required in the thin film materials and electrical and ferroelectric characterisation of thin films. The ideal candidate will have experience in more than one of the following areas: oxide thin film growth using RHEED, basic thin film device patterning, materials characterisation by a variety of methods, electrical device characterisation, device engineering.

Other responsibilities include: - Liaising with the other researchers and academics in Cambridge involved in this work - Work with researchers in the Engineering Department on device fabrication and characterisation - Liaising with Samsung on progress and on their device measurements - Collaborate with colleagues from different disciplines - Analysing and interpreting the results of own research and generating original ideas based on outcomes - Design and conduct a coherent set of experiments and record their outcome - Conducting literature and database searches - Writing up results of own research - Assisting with meeting organisation - Leading and contributing to the production of research reports and publications - Presenting information on research progress and outcomes to internal and external contacts, both academic and industrial

Experience Criteria: Applicants should have or about to obtain a PhD and a strong background in applied physics/materials science or closely related subject with experience in the following areas: oxide thin film growth by pulsed laser deposition, thin film device fabrication, electrical device testing, materials characterisation. Effective written communication skills and the ability to plan and organise independently are essential.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department/institution/Faculty/School/University.

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Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a covering letter and a publication list.

Informal enquiries should be sent to Professor Judith Driscoll by email

Please quote reference LJ24872 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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