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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL18956

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £33,615 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL18956
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 06-Jun-2019
Closing date: 06-Jul-2019

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About us

Queen Mary is one of London and the UK’s leading research-focused universities. With over 20,000 students, it is among the largest of the colleges of the University of London. Queen Mary’s 4,000 staff teach and research across a wide range of subjects in Science and Engineering, the Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, and Medicine and Dentistry.

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with approximately 70 academic staff and 45 postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students. Circa 40 administrative and technical staff support the staff and students. The staff and student body are international in make-up. The School holds a departmental-level Bronze Athena SWAN award and is committed to equality of opportunity.

About the role

The school of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the structural and electrical characterisation of next-generation graphene and in the growth of organic LEDs on graphene. The project will explore the potential of our graphene as an ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) replacement in devices, in collaboration with the UK company Paragraf.

The successful candidate will contribute towards the development of the research programme under the guidance of the Principal Investigators and be involved in the structural and electrical characterisation of our next-generation graphene and in the growth of organic LEDs on graphene, using electron microscopy to characterise the structure of the interface between graphene and various substrates, including sapphire and silicon.

Applicants should hold a PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry or have equivalent experience.  Experience in Electron Microscopy, Raman, Graphene and OLED Growth would be an advantage.

The post is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 12 months and is available in July 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary will be £33,615 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

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 should be addressed to Professor Sir Colin Humphreys at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 3450.

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The closing date for applications is 7 July 2019.  Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

The School of Engineering & Materials Science hold a Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered member of WISE.   We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

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