University of Cambridge

Job Opportunities


Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 22 months in the first instance.

This position is for a post-doctoral Research Associate to work in Professor Judith Driscoll's research group

The work will be conducted on developing materials and devices for micro-solid oxide fuel cells. Portable power (~1-20 W) for small electronic devices is a high value added market in Europe and several different technologies are being explored. In theory, micro-solid oxide fuel cells (micro-SOFCs) have the highest specific energy per unit mass ( and much faster recharging times compared to other portable power systems being researched today. However, they are currently limited by their high operation temperature of >~500°C, and the standard substrate, Si, is not ideal. This project will explore fabrication of micro-SOFCs using flexible metallic Ni-based substrates on which will be grown epitaxial thin film ionic and cathodic layers comprised of vertically aligned nanocomposite thin films, having much enhanced ionic transport and oxygen reduction rates, respectively.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake substrate processing and thin film growth by pulsed laser deposition. The project will also involve extensive materials by x-ray diffraction and electrochemical measurements.

The position is available for up to 22 months from 1st September 2018.

Candidates should have a PhD and a strong background in applied physics/materials science or closely related subject, preferably with knowledge of thin film growth and electrochemical measurements.

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.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a research statement and two letters of recommendation should be submitted in support of the application.

A list of publications should also be uploaded with your application.

Please quote reference LJ15442 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

Apply online