Research Associate in Nano-scale Infrared Spectroscopy of Low-dimensional Materials

Job Reference : S&E-13299
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 18/02/2019
Salary : £32,236 - £39,609 Per Annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : -
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : 2 years from commencement of contract

A postdoctoral Research Associate position is available for an outstanding and ambitious materials scientist to undertake research in the field of Nano-scale Infrared Spectroscopy of Low-dimensional Materials, particularly graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, transition metal dichalcogenides and their derivatives.

You should have, or be working towards, a PhD or equivalent in materials science, physics, chemistry or nanotechnology. Expertise in infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopy and atomic-force microscopy (AFM) techniques is essential. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and leading a small research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

A Research Associate working on this project will collaborate closely with Bruker Nano Ltd., the industrial partner in the project, to employ AFM-coupled IR spectroscopy to investigate the chemical and optoelectronic properties of a range of 2-dimensional (2-D) nanomaterials. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the capabilities and versatility of the NanoIR platform in spectroscopic characterisation of 2-D materials. The Associate will work with 2-D materials such as graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, transition metal dichalcogenides and their derivatives. The Associate will also be involved in instrumentation development to further the capabilities of the NanoIR platform, such as with fluid-phase spectroscopy and inert-environment spectroscopy. The Associate will also participate in undertaking various chemical modifications of 2-D materials that will be analysed by this technique.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Aravind Vijayaraghavan


General enquiries:


Tel:      0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel:      0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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