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Research Assistant/Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for two 3 year Post-Doctoral Research associate positions to support development and application of Scanning Helium Microscopy (SHeM), an exciting new form of microscopy that has been developed in Cambridge.

SHeM involves scanning a helium atom microprobe over a sample surface, and collecting atoms scattered in a particular direction, which form the contrast within the image. Helium microscopy has many advantages as it is completely inert and exclusively surface sensitive. The technique has great potential for imaging many challenging materials and devices, including organic electronics, polymers and composites.

We are looking for highly motivated, bright and enthusiastic individuals who will take a leading role in the SHeM project. The post-holder will be based in the Surface, Microstructure & Fracture group at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and will engage closely with the existing SHeM team, both within Cambridge and internationally. They will be expected to contribute to the development of new SHeM instrumentation as well as to proactively drive application of the technique to new areas of research. The successful candidate will also be expected to support short term experimental visitors to the SHeM laboratory, and should be willing to undertake a supervisory role in the projects of junior researchers, from idea generation to experimental execution. A proven track record of high quality research, scientific publication and presentation at international conferences is essential.

The candidate should have a PhD in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science or a related discipline. Experience in molecular beams, surface physics, ultra-high vacuum instrument development and/or scanning microscopy would be an advantage.

Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, he/she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD). The higher Research Associate salary will be backdated to the submission date of their thesis.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years 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.

Informal enquires can be addressed via email to Dr Andrew Jardine (

Please quote reference KA13233 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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