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Research Assistant/Associate(Fixed Term)

The Optoelectronics Group of the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, has an opening for a Research Assistant/Research Associate to work on the device and materials physics of organic and hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductors. This post is part of a Synergy Grant funded by the European Research Council that is studying the physics of pure spin currents in these materials and involves a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, Imperial College, the University of Mainz and the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. The post will be based in the group of Prof. H. Sirringhaus at the Cavendish Laboratory and will focus on experimental characterisation of the charge transport and spin physics of these materials.

The role holder will help to lead a sub-group of graduate students working on the grant on various aspects of the spin physics of these materials. The successful candidate will develop and execute their own independent research projects within this remit, under the guidance of the PI, Prof. Henning Sirringhaus, as well as provide day-to-day student supervision. The role holder will also play an active role in the collaboration with our national and international project partners in London, Hitachi Cambridge, Mainz and Prague, as well as other international collaborators in Tokyo and Beijing.

Candidates should hold (or be about to complete) a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related area. The successful candidate will have experience in the field of spintronics, including ideally expertise in experimental measurements of spin injection and detection in device architectures.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded). The research assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £26,243 to £30,395. The research associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £32,236 to £39,609.

The position is available from April 2019.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

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