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Research Associate in van der Waals materials (2 positions available)
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-015790

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/11/2020

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Condensed Matter

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 24 months from start date

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral research positions 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 physics and chemistry of 2D materials and van der Waals heterostructures, funded by ERC Consolidator Grant.

The two posts are available from 24 months (with the possibility of extension for further 12 months) and will focus on the investigation of chemical and physical interactions between 2D crystals in van der Waals materials, and their interactions with liquid phases.

The successful candidates will hold or be about to obtain a PhD (or equivalent) in the relevant field. For post 1, preference will be given to applicants with strong expertise in AFM-based near-field scanning optical microscopy and spectroscopy. For post 2, applicants with strong expertise in (micro)electrochemistry will be preferred. Expertise in instrumentation development, experiment control and data acquisition is a plus. Proven proficiency in writing quality research papers is essential. Candidates should be well-organised and self-motivated with excellent communication skills.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

​​​​​​​Blended working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr. Artem Mishchenko.


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Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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