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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL25189

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £31,613 - £38,084 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL25189
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 27-May-2021
Closing date: 26-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.

This position is for a Postdoctoral Researcher to carry out computational modelling activities on the project in collaboration with Dr Keith Butler. In particular, the activities will be focussed on: computational screening for suitable materials; development of ab initio models of the material interfaces; and scale up of models to larger length scales.

About You

Applicants should have or be about to complete a PhD in Physics, Material Science, Chemistry, or equivalent. Experience of Density Functional Theory (DFT) modelling is essential. Knowledge and experience of applying such approaches to ferroelectric materials is also highly desirable. Experience of any of the following approaches is also desirable: molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo modelling, finite element modelling and drift-diffusion simulations.

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.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. We continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), 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 26 June 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


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