Postdoctoral Researcher in Cathodoluminescence Studies of Semiconductors

University of Cambridge
April 15, 2024
Offerd Salary:£29,605 - £39,347
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Contract Type:Fixed-term (2 years
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Postdoctoral Researcher in Cathodoluminescence Studies of Semiconductors

Department: Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

Job Type: Full-time, Fixed-term (2 years)

Potential Start Date: ASAP


  • Research Assistant (Grade 5): £29,605 - £39,347 per annum
  • Research Associate (Grade 7): £33,966 - £49,794 per annum (promotion to Research Associate upon attainment of PhD)
  • Application Deadline: Monday 15th April 2024

    Job Summary:

    The University of Cambridge invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research position focused on cathodoluminescence studies of semiconductors. The successful candidate will contribute to the development and support of the existing cathodoluminescence facility, specialising in variable temperature and picosecond time-resolved cathodoluminescence (TRCL) imaging and spectroscopy. Additionally, the candidate will engage in cutting-edge research on the application of cathodoluminescence techniques to light-emitting semiconductors, with opportunities to work on solar cell materials and materials for wide bandgap electronic devices.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • Support and develop the existing TRCL facility, including variable temperature CL with liquid helium cooling and picosecond time resolution imaging and spectroscopy
  • Train users from within and outside the University of Cambridge on the TRCL facility.
  • Collaborate with materials growth and device fabrication specialists to optimise materials from cathodoluminescence data
  • Engage in correlative microscopy studies, applying complementary techniques to nanoscale objects characterised by CL
  • Present research findings at lab meetings, seminars, and international scientific conferences
  • Draft scientific manuscripts with support from Prof. Oliver and contribute to the supervision of Masters or PhD students.
  • Qualifications and Requirements:

  • PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field (or near completion).
  • Essential: experience with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), experience of spectroscopy.
  • Desirable: Experience in cathodoluminescence, experience of time-resolved spectroscopy, knowledge of Python coding for data analysis, experience of relevant materials and complementary characterisation techniques (see Further Particulars).
  • Strong skills in data presentation, both verbally and in writing.
  • Commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary research.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Additional Information:

    -Applications from women, black, and minority ethnic candidates are particularly welcome. - The position is fixed-term for 2 years in the first instance. - The University of Cambridge is an equal opportunities employer.

    Application Process:

    Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online. Further information can be obtained from Prof. R.A.Oliver: [email protected]

    Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

    We reserve the right to fill the position with a qualified candidate prior to the conclusion of the advertising period.

    Please quote reference LJ40912 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

    The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


    Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy








    15 March 2024

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    15 April 2024

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