University of Cambridge

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate to work in the Cambridge Graphene Centre on solution processing of Graphene and Related Materials and Composites. The post holder will be located in the Cambridge Graphene Centre, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA, UK.

The aim is to develop a new class of composites able to exploit the mechanical, thermal, optical and electrical properties of graphene and related materials. The post holder will undertake the optimization of inks, dispersions and composites based on graphene and exfoliated layered materials for a wide range of printing and coating techniques. The role holder will be responsible for testing the materials in transparent and conductive composites for photovoltaics, smart windows, touch screens, flexible electronics, energy storage devices in general.

The post holder will develop stable, inks based on such materials suitable for printing on a broad range of substrates including flexible, paper and textiles. He/she will develop composites by combining two or more inks of different materials to fine-tune their properties. This is an ambitious frontier research program, with a strong interdisciplinary nature, across engineering, physical, chemical and soft matter sciences, and will require the optimization of inks and solutions based on graphene and related materials, as well as their incorporation in a variety of host substances, ranging from polymers, to glasses, metal, concrete, etc. with the aim of augmenting the mechanical, thermal, optical, or electronic properties of the host material.

The successful candidate will have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Electronic Engineering, Physics, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Materials Science or closely related disciplines. Preference will be given to candidates with proven expertise in preparation, optimisation, and characterization of composites and inks based on graphene and related materials.

Experience in handing collaborations within EU/UK projects, including reporting with frequent and strict deadlines and attendance to project meetings is also highly desirable, as well as experience of managing own workload.

Salary range: Research Assistant: £25,728 - £30,688, Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833.

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

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