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Job reference: SAE-022316
Salary: Grade 6, £35,308 to £43,155 per annum, depending on relevant experience
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Science and Engineering
Location: Oxford Road
Employment type: Fixed Term
Division/Team: Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hours Per Week: 1 FTE
Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/06/2023
Contract Duration: 24 months
School/Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Job Description

Applications are invited for postdoctoral research position to work on artifical intelligence assisted search, synthesis, and characterisation of two-dimensional materials within the Condensed Matter Physics Group in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Manchester. Successful candidates will join a vibrant team of researchers who are at the forefront of research on van der Waals materials and will work on a range of projects related to use of artificial intelligence for search, synthesis, and characterisation of novel van der Waals materials.

These projects will focus on searching for novel van der Waals materials with tailored properties, based on the calculated electronic band structures of 2D materials available in various databases and scientific literature. You will be also exploring autonomous design of synthesis and characterisation experiments for 2D materials based on AI-enhanced search and understanding of scientific data. The candidates are required to hold or about to obtain PhD preferably in condensed matter physics or other relevant disciplines. We are seeking to appoint an individual with significant experience in machine learning and computational solid-state physics, and with sound understanding of two-dimensional materials and their properties. Proven proficiency in writing quality research papers is essential. Candidate should be well-organised and self-motivated with excellent communication skills. The projects are expected to lead to high impact scientific publications and datasets, technological developments and a boost in the career of the PDRA.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is committed to promoting Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Access through contributing to the University’s social responsibility agenda, demonstrating a commitment to its policies, activities and delivery of initiatives including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The Department has held JUNO Champion status since 2016 for its commitment to achieving gender equality which positively promotes inclusivity for all.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status. Appointment will be made on merit and equal opportunities data completed by applicants will not be accessible by the Recruiting Manager and panel.

Along with your application, you should submit a single file containing your CV highlighting research-related expertise and skills, list of publications, and research statement (max 3 pages).

We support applications from those returning from a career break and are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements.

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Name: Professor Artem Mishchenko


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