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Postdoctoral Research Assistant CMMP - QMUL18871

Department: School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Salary: £33,615 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL18871
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 20-May-2019
Closing date: 19-Jun-2019

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Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has a vacancy for 36 months for an EPSRC-funded Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Dr Anthony Phillip's group in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

The aim of the project is to study barocaloric coordination framework materials for potential application in solid-state cooling. We will use neutron scattering, alongside a suite of other characterisation methods, to explore these materials’ atomic structure and dynamics and hence the relationship between their composition and properties. The work will be done in collaboration with Dr Helen Walker (ISIS) and will involve frequent travel to national and international central facilities to perform scattering experiments.

The successful applicant will have, or be about to gain, a PhD or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or a similar subject. Experience in materials synthesis is required; experience in neutron and/or X-ray scattering techniques would be an advantage. For full details of relevant expertise, please consult the job description.

The post is full time and fixed term for 36 months, and is expected to start in late 2019. Starting salary will be £33,615 per annum inclusive of London Allowance and will incrementally increase in the two subsequent years. Benefits include 30 days’ paid annual leave, 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.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be addressed to Dr Anthony Phillips by email to

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

Enquiries about the application process should be directed to Jazmina Vaca Ortiz at When applying, please make it clear which post and School you are applying for.

To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on and search for reference QMUL18871.

The closing date for applications is 19th June 2019 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 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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