Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Advanced Characterisation of 2D Materials

University of Oxford

Oxford, South East England, United Kingdom

Salary: Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

Reporting to Professor Nicole Grobert, you will be a member of the Nanomaterials by Design team, an international, welcoming, and productive research group working on the tailored manufacturing of nanomaterials with end-user applications in mind. You will be responsible for your own grant funded research project within a discrete area of a wider research programme.


The EcoUltra2D project focuses on the fundamental and applied studies ultrasonic exfoliation mechanisms used to produce graphene and other 2D materials and the optimisation of processing parameters. The aim of EcoUltra2D is the development of an eco-friendly and scalable technology without the use of harmful and aggressive reagents. Experiments employing advanced characterisation of cavitation parameters, most advanced in situ and ex situ analysis of exfoliated materials accompanied by modelling, and further testing functional properties of the EcoUltra2D materials will be performed in collaboration with Brunel University, Oxford Brookes University, and the University of Hull. The project is supported by a number of industrial partners.


This post is fixed-term until 28 February 2021, and is funded through the EPSRC Grant EcoUltra2D on the ‘Sustainable and industrially scalable ultrasonic liquid phase exfoliation technologies for manufacturing 2D advanced functional materials’


We are looking for someone who is keen to collaborate with their own and other research groups and with the drive and passion to move the field forward. You will have the opportunity to work with renowned experts, learning from and supporting the leaders in this field. You will be specifically responsible for the advanced characterisation of exfoliated 2D materials produced by the EcoUltra2D project partners and in-house. You will collaborate with researchers in participating institutions and interact with other researchers in the Nanomaterials by Design team and engineers based at collaborating industry partners. You will have a PhD degree or equivalent in materials science, physics, chemistry or another related scientific or engineering discipline, and should have a strong background in experimental research. Expertise in processing and advanced 2D materials are key selection criteria. You will hold a PhD (or be close to completion) relevant to the subject (Physics, Chemistry, Material Science) and will be self-motivated, able to plan and deliver a research project. You will have a background in advanced nanomaterials characterisation, e.g. expertise in the advanced characterisation / microanalysis of 2D nanomaterials, including HRTEM, HAADF STEM, EELS, EDX, Raman, SEM, FTIR, TGA, and complementary means, and expertise in the manufacturing and processing of nanomaterials, especially 2D.


All applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.


The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 15 March 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 19 March 2019 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: University of Oxford-itox_ac-139364

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