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Research Associate on Atomically Thin Capillaries (2 Posts Available)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-017900

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/01/2022

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: From 1 March 2022 for 12 months, with a possibility of extension for another year

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Two research associate positions are available for outstanding and ambitious physicists, chemists, materials scientists or engineers to join Dr Radha Boya’s team in the University of Manchester, working on atomic scale capillaries. 

Our group interests are 2D materials, atomically thin capillaries and membranes. For more of group’s research, please see the group webpage and recent publications therein ( We are a part of condensed matter physics group in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Manchester. The successful candidate will join a vibrant team of researchers, who have been at the forefront of 2D materials research since the discovery of graphene in 2004, and will work on a series of projects relating to graphene and other 2D materials, funded by the ERC, EPSRC and a range of other international funders.

The posts are available immediately for a period of up to 12 months with a possibility of a further year’s extension, and will focus on the investigation of the fundamental of molecular transport through capillaries made from 2D materials and heterostructures which will lead to technological development of 2D materials devices.

The successful candidate/s will hold a PhD or equivalent in experimental condensed matter physics or materials science. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in molecular permeation/ionic conductance measurements and fabrication of heterostructures from 2D materials. Applicants will have substantial knowledge and experience of fabricating devices based on 2D materials and be able to perform sensitive electrical and electrochemical measurements.  Experience of working with patch clamp amplifiers, electrical source meters is desirable, as is excellent technical ability across a range of fabrication and characterisation facilities. Candidates should also be well-organised and self-motivated with excellent communication skills. A strong publication record in internationally peer-reviewed journals is essential.

Along with your application, you should submit a single file containing your CV, list of publications, and research statement (max 2 pages).

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.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department 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:

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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: Radha Boya

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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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