Postdoctoral Research Associate in Physics

£33797 - £40322 per annum
Dec 11, 2019
End of advertisement period
Jan 10, 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Associates in Materials Physics focussed on the growth and characterisation of two-dimensional materials and their derivatives with a particular emphasis on their use as energy materials. The research project forms part of the activities of the North East Centre for Energy Materials, a major EPSRC-funded initiative which brings together researchers working in energy materials at the Universities of Durham, Newcastle and Northumbria. This particular project is hosted within the Centre for Materials Physics at Durham and the lead is Dr. Michael Hunt.

The successful applicant will be expected work as part of an internationally recognized centre dedicated to the discovery, characterisation, evaluation and application of energy materials. The successful candidates will focus on: (i) the growth of two-dimensional materials by chemical vapour deposition and their characterisation by surface sensitive techniques (ii) the application of two-dimensional materials and their derivatives for future energy storage and capture devices. Considerable flexibility and independence are possible, and we particularly encourage exploration and collaboration, both within NECEM and externally.

The successful applicants will be expected to plan and carry out high-quality both individual and collaborative experimental research and to write up such research for publication in high-quality scientific journals. In addition, the applicants will be expected to work effectively with postgraduate students on related projects, thereby contributing to their development, and to contribute to the smooth running of the group. The applicants will be expected to contribute to regular group meetings through presentations of, e.g., technical aspects of their research as well as general presentations, and to present their research at conferences and workshops.

The Department of Physics is committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment. It is pledged to the Athena SWAN charter, where we hold a silver award, and has the status of IoP Juno Champion. We embrace equality and particularly welcome applications from women, black and minority ethnic candidates, and members of other groups that are under-represented in physics. Durham University provides a range of benefits including pension, flexible and/or part time working hours, shared parental leave policy and childcare provision.

The posts are full time and fixed term for 9 months.