Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

July 31, 2021


Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

The post should ideally start 1st October 2021.

The successful candidate will join the Di Martino Lab https: // www., as part of the Device Materials Group, University of Cambridge, which is world leading in the field of nanoscience and in-operando spectroscopy.

Applications are invited for an experimental Research Assistant/Associate exploring vortex behaviour in high temperature superconductors using plasmonic enhanced spectroscopy. New abilities to confine light to the nanometre scale developed by us give a host of opportunities for new types of in-operando optical characterization of thin film materials (https: // www. You will be developing nano-optics studies of nanoparticles and thin films to explore superconductive materials in precise geometries at the nanoscale.

This project has strong bases on our work studying dynamics of light confinement down to the atomic scale to optically study real time motion of vortices that underpins high temperature superconductor performances. This will require experience in nano-optics, spectroscopy, plasmonics, as well as a good theoretical understanding.

Applicants should have or about to obtain a PhD in Physics or a related discipline, with experience in optical measurements on the nanoscale and/or electrical characterization of nano-systems. A key requirement is strong knowledge and experience in spectroscopy lasers, optical setup alignment and customisation. A background in superconductive materials would be desirable. 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 would be helpful. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required to conduct the project between the different partners.

The Di Martino Lab collaborates widely across the University of Cambridge including the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Physics as well as many international partners, industry, with several major EU programmes. Recent publications can be seen on our website (above). Dr Di Martino is an acknowledged leader in linking the fields of nanoscale device engineering and plasmon-enhanced light-matter interactions.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department/institution/Faculty/School/University.

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Applications, include a curriculum vitae, covering letter, a personal statement detailing experimental skills and accomplishments to date (up to 1000 words) and a publications list. Informal enquires should be sent to Dr Di Martino by email

Please quote reference LJ26912 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, West Cambridge








9 June 2021

Closing date

31 July 2021

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