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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL12527

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £32,956 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL12527
Date posted: 21-Aug-2017
Closing date: 19-Sep-2017

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Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has a vacancy for 36 months for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant, in the The School of Physics and Astronomy as a result of a successful EPSRC grant under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. A second position funded under the same project is available in the School of Engineering and Materials Science, advertised

The aim of the project is to develop and investigate low cost functional carbon materials to be used as negative electrodes in Na-ion batteries. Under the supervision of Dr Alan Drew and Prof Martin Dove, with overall project guidance from Prof. Magdalena Titirici, the successful candidate will characterise the morphology, pore structure, defects, local structure and ion diffusion of the carbon electrodes using a range of techniques, including X-ray and Neutron total scattering, quasi-inelastic neutron scattering, x-ray and neutron diffraction, muon spin rotation and NMR. In particular, the Na storage mechanisms and ion diffusion are of critical importance.

All applicants should have, or be about to gain, a PhD or equivalent in Materials Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics or equivalent subject. Experience in appropriate research techniques relevant position are required, as outlined in the job description.

Each post is full time and fixed term for 36 months, and is expected to start in October 2017. The starting salary for each post will be £32,956 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. (Benefits include 30 days paid annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan).

Additional Information

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

There is a third 36 month position available at the University of Surrey under the same funded project within the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering (CPE), advertised separately.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof. Magdalena Titirici by email to

Further details about the School of Engineering and Materials Science, QMUL, can found at

Further details about the School of Physics and Astronomy, QMUL, can found at

Further details about the Department of Chemical Process Engineering, at Surrey, can found at

Enquiries about the application process should be directed to . When applying, please make it clear which post and department/school you are applying for.

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The closing date for applications is 19th September 2017 and interviews are anticipated to be held very shortly thereafter.

The School of Physics and Astronomy are proud to hold IoP JUNO Champion status and Athena SWAN silver status and have a number of supportive policies in place to facilitate a diverse and inclusive working environment within the school (see for details). The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award. We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

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