Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first
The post should ideally start 1st October 2021.
The successful candidate will join the Di Martino Lab
https: // www. dimartinolab.msm.cam.ac.uk, 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. dimartinolab.msm.cam.ac.uk/Publications). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
31 July 2021