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Postdoctoral Researcher (KTP Associate) - QMUL24711

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £34,220 - £36,098 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL24711
Location: Multiple Sites
Date posted: 24-Mar-2021
Closing date: 22-Apr-2021

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About the Role

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) help businesses improve their competitiveness through partnership with an academic institution.

Queen Mary University of London and Paragraf Ltd. have a KTP project to develop organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products on graphene. This project will combine Paragraf’s unique technology for graphene deposition directly onto semiconductor wafers, with advanced OLED deposition technology and skills QMUL.

The researcher will split their time between QMUL and Paragraf and will have supervisors at both organisations. The role is at the interface between academia and industry and will use the knowledge base at QMUL to develop products on Paragraf’s graphene platform.

About You

The candidate must hold a relevant PhD in physics, materials science or a relevant discipline.

Experience is required in at least one of the following areas:

-             OLED fabrication

-             Thin film deposition

-             Graphene processing

The candidate must be willing to work close to a commercial environment, be adaptable and prepared to work to tight deadlines.

About the School of Physics and Astronomy

The successful candidate will join a collaborative team combining researchers from the School of Physics and Astronomy (SPA) and the School of Engineering and Materials Sciences working on graphene and organic electronics. Much of the research will be conducted in the organic electronics clean-room facility in SPA.

About Paragraf

Paragraf is a young but already successful Cambridge start-up built on ground-breaking advancements in graphene-based electronics technologies. Our company mission is to deliver significantly improved, more accessible technologies in application spaces ranging from medical science through to green, renewable energy, bringing the benefits of graphene to all.  We are searching for people who are driven by the idea of achieving what is currently out of reach, passionate about delivering science and technology that will enrich society.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is split between QMUL’s Mile End Campus in London and Paragraf Ltd. site in Cambridgeshire. It is a full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 30 months, with an expected start date of 1st May 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4, spinal point 27-29, of £34,220 - £36,098 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof William Gillin at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 22nd April 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held within 2 weeks of the closing date.


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