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Research Associate - Natural Polymers Assembly for Complex Photonic Structures (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to work within the group of Dr. Silvia Vignolini at the Department of Chemistry. The position will be focused on the design, optimization and fabrication of nanostructured coatings and complex photonic structures using natural polymers, such as cellulose.

The project is largely interdisciplinary and the successful applicant is expected to work closely with colleagues in different disciplines, have excellent communications skills (oral and writing) and the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

Applicants should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in physics chemistry or material science with clear experience of colloidal chemistry and self-assembly. A clear demonstration of a deep knowledge and understating of polymer chemistry, manufacturing of films and coatings is required. Expertise in or cellulose nanocrystals assembly and functionalization would be advantageous.

The position is available immediately. 

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), a covering letter and publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. 

For queries relating to your application or the application process, please contact Harriet Kerridge (email:

Please quote reference MA13890 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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