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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

The Molecular Engineering group of the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate to work on Dye anchoring in dye-sensitized solar cells, using X-ray and neutron reflectometry as primary tools.

We are looking for a highly motivated, bright and enthusiastic candidate with a strong background X-ray and/or neutron reflectometry or diffraction techniques. The ideal candidate should have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or a related area, and an excellent publication record. Experience with the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cells would be an advantage.

The post will be jointly supported by the University of Cambridge and The Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering, ANSTO, Australia, where the role holder will reside for the duration of the project. The Research Associate will receive local supervision of Prof Garry McIntyre and Dr Stephen Holt from ANSTO, and remote supervision of Dr Jacqueline Cole, Head of the Molecular Engineering Group at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.

ANSTO, is one of Australia's foremost scientific research and development organisations, focused on delivering the benefits of nuclear science to the Australian community. Based near Sydney, ANSTO operates the 20 MW OPAL Reactor along with its current suite of 15 instruments, and its team of scientists at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering is the leading group of neutron scatterers in the Southern Hemisphere. The appointee will use the dedicated X-ray reflectometry instrumentation, which supports these neutron facilities, for most of their experiments and complementary neutron reflectometry where appropriate. For more information about The Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering, please see their website:

Molecular Engineering at the University of Cambridge is a joint initiative between the Departments of Physics and Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, in partnership with STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK. Our overarching goal is to develop new materials for sustainable energy applications via molecular engineering. This expressly notions product design at the molecular scale, embracing rational molecular design concepts to tailor a material to meet a specific need in device technology. Our "design-to-device" approach uses a wide variety of experimental, computational and data science techniques to realize this goal. This includes X¿ray and neutron diffraction, reflectometry and spectroscopy, electrochemistry, density-functional theory and large-scale data-mining.

For more information about Molecular Engineering at the University of Cambridge, please see their website: Informal scientific enquiries about the posts are available by referring to the Molecular Engineering research group website ( or contacting Dr Jacqueline Cole whose contact details lie therein. Further administrative enquiries can be obtained from

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2018 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.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), publication list, a short statement of current research interests and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. In addition, you should arrange for at least two recommendation letters to be sent prior to the deadline.

Please quote reference KA13247 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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