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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Post-doctoral research associate position open for application

Fixed-term: until February 28 2022 with expectation that this will extend up to February 27 2023.

This position is for a post-doctoral Research Associate to work in Prof Judith Driscoll, Dr Siân Dutton and Prof Clare Grey's research groups in Materials Science, Physics and Chemistry departments, to undertake research on epitaxial oxide thin film cathode materials by pulsed laser deposition, researching both new materials and different orientations of existing materials, some interfaced with lithium electrolytes. The person will manage and use the new PLD/sputter/ evaporation system: (A: Battery module). He/she will also measure the physical properties by a range of methods, including X-ray diffraction, ionic conductivity, C-V measurements, and magnetic measurements, and will collaborate with others on electron microscopy and NMR. He/she will be expected to do experimental research in a team environment, working under the supervision of Prof Driscoll and Dr Dutton. You will contribute to an exciting new Faraday Institution funded project on the development of cathode materials for next generation lithium ion batteries - FutureCat.

Experience is required in the thin film materials growth, structural characterisation of thin films and electrochemical measurements. The ideal candidate will have experience in more than one of these areas.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Liaising with colleagues from different disciplines, both in the UK and abroad, collaborating with colleagues from different disciplines outside the University within the FutureCat consortia, across the Faraday Institution, and with other researchers in the UK and abroad
  • Analysing and interpreting the results of own research and generating original ideas based on outcomes
  • Designing and conducting a coherent set of experiments and record their outcome
  • Conducting literature and database searches
  • Writing up results of own research
  • 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 a PhD and a strong background in applied physics/materials science/chemistry or closely related subject with experience in more than one of the following areas: thin film growth, materials characterisation, electrochemical measurements of thin film devices. Effective written communication skills and the ability to plan and organise independently are essential.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

Please refer any queries to Professor Judith Driscoll or Dr Sian Dutton by email

Please quote reference LJ21656 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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