Research Assistant/Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Closing Date
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Research Assistant/Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for an experimental Research Assistant/Research Associate available from March 2019 for 24 months within a UK- and EU-funded centre exploring nanostructured materials for photonics- and bio-applications.

This project is part of a new EU grant with San Sebastian, Amsterdam, Valencia, Lausanne and London. New abilities to confine light to the nanometre scale developed by us give a host of opportunities for new types of quantum optical nonlinear interactions mediated by single or few molecules (see ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ). Working in several teams with over 40 researchers, you will be developing nano-optics studies of nanoparticles and nanostructures to explore and control these nonlinear interactions, through design of unusual molecules in precise geometries at the nanoscale. We publish at the highest impact level (Nature, Science, PNAS, etc.), and provide strong experience and training in wide interdisciplinary science.

Project: Plasmonics at the smallest scale This project will continue our work studying ultrafast dynamics of light confinement down to the atomic scale to study the interaction with both monolayer semiconductors and individual molecules. We self-assemble wide variety of constructs to study the real-time dynamics on these extreme nano-optics scales. This will require experience in ultrafast, nano-optics, plasmonics, as well as a good theoretical understanding. Some background in opto-mechanics or infrared spectroscopy would be advantageous.

Job requirements: Candidates will hold a strong physics PhD or a related discipline, with experience in optical measurements on the nanoscale and/or chemistry of nano-assembly and nano-systems. In addition to proven experimental skills the candidate should ideally have experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. They should expect to be involved in both construction of new high precision optical spectroscopy rigs using lasers as well as a variety of chemical sample preparations or synthesis. Experience in the field of plasmonics or metamaterials or soft materials would be helpful, as well as with surface-enhanced Raman scattering or infrared spectroscopies.

The UK NanoPhotonics Centre (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> collaborates widely across the University of Cambridge including the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Physics of Medicine, Cancer Research UK, Chemical Engineering, Materials as well as many international partners, industry, with several major EU programmes. Recent publications can be seen on our website (above). Prof JJ Baumberg, FRS, is an acknowledged leader in discovering and assembling nanomaterials for novel photonics.

Appointment at Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded). The Research Assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range 26,243 to 30,395. The Research Associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range 32,236 to 39,609.

The closing date to apply for this position is 18th February 2019.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ’Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquires may be addressed to Prof Jeremy Baumberg (jjb12 [at] cam[.]ac[.]uk). Please quote reference KA17899 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Department of Physics


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15 January 2019

Closing date

18 February 2019
In your application, please refer to
and reference  JobID 159163.