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Research Assistant/Research Associate x 5 (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for up to 5 experimental postdoctoral Fellowship available from August 2017 for 24 months within a UK- and EU-funded centre exploring nanostructured materials for photonics- and bio-applications. The new ability to confine light to the nanometre scale (developed by us) gives a host of opportunities for new types of light-tracked and light-induced chemistry on tiny scales, impacting confined chemistry, quantum emitters, energy generation, and fundamentals (see We interact with outstanding theorists in Imperial College London, Harvard, and San Sebastian Spain, who you will collaborate with extensively. Working in several teams with over 40 researchers across 4 departments, you will be developing nano-optics studies of nanoparticles and nanostructures to explore and control chemical processes operating at the nanoscale. We publish at the highest impact level (Nature, Science, PNAS, etc.. in the last year), and provide strong experience and training in wide interdisciplinary science.

These projects are in (1) Plasmonic dynamics of proteins in lipid bilayers, (2) Plasmonics at the smallest scale, (3) Real-time electrochemistry with plasmonics, (4) Plasmonic sensing, and (5) Structural colour from roll-to-roll self-assembly.

Job requirements: Candidates will hold a strong physics PhD or a related discipline, with experience in optical measurements on the nanoscale and/or chemistry of nano-assembly and nano-systems. In addition to proven experimental skills the candidate should ideally have experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. They should expect to be involved in both construction of new high precision optical spectroscopy rigs using lasers as well as a variety of chemical sample preparations or synthesis. Experience in the field of plasmonics or metamaterials or soft materials would be helpful, as well as with surface-enhanced Raman scattering, depending on the positions above.

The UK NanoPhotonics Centre ( collaborates widely across the University of Cambridge including the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Physics of Medicine, Cancer Research UK, Chemical Engineering, Materials as well as many international partners, industry, with several major EU programmes. Recent publications can be seen on our website (above). Prof JJ Baumberg, FRS, is an acknowledged leader in discovering and assembling nanomaterials for novel photonics.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Prof Jeremy Baumberg (

Please quote reference KA12659 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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