Research Fellow (106717-1122) . Job Reference: 1889181

University of Warwick
December 01, 2022
Offerd Salary:£32,348 - £42,155
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Contract Type:fixed term post is a
Working Time:Full time
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Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only


School of Engineering


£32,348 - £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Open to internal candidates only.

This full-time, fixed term post is available until 31 August 2028.

You will undertake research into electronic materials and their surfaces and interfaces with other materials. You will have a degree of freedom to develop your own research interests commensurate with the capabilities of the School of Engineering and existing facilities at the University of Warwick. Topics of potential interest include silicon for photovoltaics, two-dimensional materials, and materials for energy storage. You will have access to the Science City Cleanroom facility and to characterisation facilities in the Electronic Materials and Interfaces Group in the School of Engineering. You will also be able to use relevant Research Technology Platforms, including Electron Microscopy, Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction and X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy. You will undertake independent and collaborative research and will be expected to write up your research for publication.

This is a post to support the research activities of Prof. John Murphy before and during his tenure as the Head of Department of the School of Engineering. As well as conducting research, you will be expected to play a role in coordinating the broader activities of the Electronic Materials and Interfaces Group. This may include laboratory management, supervising research project students, organising group meetings, and general group administration. You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and to submit external funding applications in your own right and in collaboration.

Skills and Experience

You will have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. You will have completed, or be near to completing, a PhD in a relevant discipline. You will have the ability to publish papers in internationally respected journals. You will have excellent communication skills, organisation skills, time management, and IT skills. You will possess experimental research skills, and these will include cleanroom working, chemical processing of high purity materials, and nanometre-scale thin film deposition. You will have a range of relevant materials characterisation skills, and a willingness to learn new techniques.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae which includes a publications list, as well as a brief statement on how the applicant meets the criteria for the post. Please do not include other attachments as they will not be considered as part of the application.

Applications from candidates in groups under-represented in the Engineering sector are particularly welcome.

The University aims to promote work life balance for all employees and the School of Engineering will consider a range of possible flexible working arrangements in order to recruit the best candidate.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure. Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. John Murphy (

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


To undertake research in the broad area of electronic materials and interfaces. To assist in the management of a research group in the School of Engineering, including contributing to funding applications. To support activities in the University to help develop and enhance its academic reputation, both internally and externally.



1. To perform original research into electronic materials, including semiconductors and two-dimensional materials, for various applications including photovoltaics, optoelectronics, terahertz modulation, and battery electrodes.

2. To translate knowledge and advances in relevant research fields into new research activities and projects.

3. To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing.

4. To disseminate research findings at meetings, workshops, and conferences in the UK, internationally and online.

5. To update personal technical knowledge and understanding on a continual basis, and to use this knowledge to initiate new areas of research, including in other fields.

6. To contribute to the preparation of funding proposals to external bodies.

7. To communicate complex information and material of a specialist or highly technical nature to a range of audiences.

8. To protect any intellectual property arising from activities appropriately, and to assist in its subsequent management and/ or exploitation.

9. To assist the line manager and other group members in the administration of projects, including the preparation of progress reports and presentations.

10. To support the laboratory operations of the line manager's research group, including dealing with equipment maintenance, ordering of consumables, administration of records, and being the first point of contact for health and safety matters.

11. To be a collegial member of the line manager's research group, forming relevant collaborations within Warwick and elsewhere, and to support other group members in achieving their own research objectives.

Teaching and Learning Support

1. To support the laboratory activities, administration, and supervision of student projects at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level.

Administration and Other Activities

1. To contribute to School of Engineering committees and administrative duties and tasks.

2. Work within budget constraints.

3. To ensure compliance with Health and Safety, and other University regulations and good working practices in all aspects of work.

The duties and responsibilities outlined are for guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post holder will be expected to be flexible in their duties. Occasional weekend, evening and overseas working may be required, and, in turn, the School offers flexible working where possible.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline (or nearing completion). (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Proven ability in research and evidence of high-quality research output in relevant field. (a)

Essential Criteria 4

Relevant experimental research expertise in electronic materials, including silicon and/ or 2D materials. (a)

Essential Criteria 5

Proven ability to work in a semiconductor cleanroom environment and to perform well-controlled wet chemical processing of high purity materials. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 6

Hands-on experience with nanometre scale thin film deposition techniques relevant to electronic materials (e.g. atomic layer deposition). (a,c)

Essential Criteria 7

Proven ability in using relevant experimental techniques (e.g. lifetime measurements, photoluminescence) to characterise electronic materials, and a willingness to learn new techniques relevant to the research field. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 8

Hands-on experience with relevant general materials characterisation techniques (e.g. at least one of infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction or ellipsometry). (a,c)

Essential Criteria 9

Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and administrative colleagues, including those external to the University, to promote and contribute towards a collegial environment. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 10

Able to demonstrate a capacity to contribute collegiately to the life and community of the School. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 11

Good IT skills including Microsoft Office and proven ability to use IT to write technical research papers and presentations. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 12

Able to evidence excellent interpersonal skills with relevant experience of working independently and as part of a team. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 13

Able to evidence strong time management and organisational skills. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 14

Strong communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 15

Understanding of equal opportunity, safeguarding and prevent as they may impact on areas of research content. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Experience with working on successful collaborative projects with external partners. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience with relevant laboratory management activities. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 3

Experience with health and safety requirements associated with working with hazardous chemicals and chemical waste. (a,c)

Further Particulars

This fixed term postdoctoral position is supported by the University of Warwick to support the research activities of Prof. John Murphy before and during his tenure as the Head of Department of the School of Engineering. It provides an opportunity for an early career researcher to develop their own research career, while gaining experience of coordination and management of a research group. There will be opportunities for the successful candidate to develop their own research interests, and to learn new experimental skills and techniques.

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The School of Engineering is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises work undertaken to address gender equality, representation and progression for all staff working in an academic environment. The School currently holds the Athena SWAN Silver award and the University holds an Institutional Silver award. Further information about the work of the School in relation to Athena SWAN can be found here.

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Closing Date

1 Dec 2022

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