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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in thermoelectric heat-to-electricity conversion in molecule-nanoparticle networks - QMUL20824

Department: School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Salary: £33,324- £36,098 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL20824
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 12-Feb-2019
Closing date: 11-Mar-2020

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Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has a vacancy for two UKRI-funded Postdoctoral Research Assistant postions for 36 months in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

The overall objective of the project is to study thermoelectric heat-to-energy conversion in ordered molecule-nanoparticle arrays for potential applications in solid-state waste-heat recovery and cooling. You will fabricate devices base on molecularly linked gold nanoparticle networks and study their electronic and thermoelectric properties from 1.5K up to room temperature.

The successful applicant will have, or be about to gain, a PhD or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a similar subject or have equivalent professional experience. Experience in either materials synthesis or low-noise electronic measuremnents are required.  Experience in quantum transport and nanofabrication 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 early 2020. Starting salary will be £33,324 per annum inclusive of London Allowance and will incrementally increase in the two subsequent years. 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.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be addressed to Dr Jan Mol 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 you are applying for.

To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on and search for reference QMUL20824.

The closing date for applications is 11 March 2020 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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