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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL25187

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £31,613 - £38,084 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL25187
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 25-May-2021
Closing date: 24-Jun-2021

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About the Role

Applications are invited for a full time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on a European Research Council funded project in the group of Dr Joe Briscoe.

The project aims to develop new routes to high efficiency solar energy conversion – both for photovoltaics (PV) and photoelectrocatalysis (PEC) – by producing nanocomposite thin films of ferroelectric and photoactive materials. Ferroelectric nanostructures will be developed that demonstrate a bulk photovoltaic effect, which will then be coupled to high efficiency light absorbers. These nanocomposites will be studied in detail using both experimental and computational techniques in order to understand and thus optimise their interactions and ultimately the device efficiency.

The main focus of this role is to explore techniques to produce ferroelectric nanostructures using solution-based synthesis and deposition, and to carry out the detailed characterisation of these materials and the nanocomposites. You will work closely with the other members of the project team and Dr Briscoe’s research group. This includes working in collaboration with a second Postdoctoral Researcher who will focus on computational modelling techniques to both predict and understand the materials and interactions that are developed and studied, as well as PhD students focused on complementary deposition and characterisation techniques.

About You

Applicants should have or be about to complete a PhD in Chemistry, Material Science, Physics, or equivalent. Experience of solution processing of materials is essential, ideally including thin film deposition. Applications should have experience of materials characterisation techniques, with a particular focus on atomic force microscopy. Knowledge and experience of ferroelectric materials is also desirable.

About the School

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with 70-80 academics and a similar number of postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students. These are supported by an administrative and technical staff team of 45. The staff and student body are international in make-up.


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 based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 3 years, with an expected start date of July 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £31,613 - £38,084 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 Dr Joe Briscoe at

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

The closing date for applications is 24 June 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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