Research Fellow, School of Mathematics and Physics
Application closing date 05/12/2019
Salary £33,797 to £40,322 per annum.
Job category/type Research
Queen's University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.
The School has a commitment of becoming an academic home to researchers with a highly diverse cultural and professional background. It takes pride in its equal opportunity provision and in its work towards gender equality. This is demonstrated by the fact that Mathematics at Queen's was the first in the discipline to be granted a silver Athena SWAN award. We very much look forward to continuing to expand our reputation of an internationally leading academic discipline in a dynamic and vibrant research environment. We are ranked 1st in the UK for knowledge transfer partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).
Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.
This post is available from January 2020 until 30 September 2022. You will act as a post-doctoral researcher on a collaborative partnership between Notre Dame University (USA), Tyndall National Institute (Cork, Ireland) and Queen's University Belfast. The US-Ireland R&D Partnership programme "Engineering deterministic electron correlations and topological states in site-controlled III-V quantum droplets (EDTOQ)" aims to achieve deterministic quantum electron droplets (QED) designs suitable to support "large scale" development of reproducible Majorana zero modes (MZM) by fabricating highly controlled QEDs using selective area epitaxy (SAE) in the In(Ga)P/GaInP systems.
As the Research Fellow you will support the experimental part of the project, mainly characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques; requiring ample experience in sample preparation by focused ion beam (FIB) and data analysis (diffraction, chemical and strain techniques). You will also be required to actively engage and collaborate with the research fellow working on the growth aspect of the project.
The successful candidate must have:
- Hold or about to obtain a relevant PhD in electron microscopy (Thesis should currently be submitted and must be in an area highly relevant to project)
- At least 3 years relevant research experience
- Expertise in electron microscopy techniques (TEM & STEM): Diffraction and imaging techniques including HRTEM, Z-contrast, DF and BF.
- Experience in sample preparation by FIB.
- Experience in spectroscopy techniques: EDX & EELS.
- Experience with strain analysis techniques and corresponding data analysis: GPA, PPA or similar.
- Publication record appropriate to research experience