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Research Assistant/Associate in charge transport (Fixed Term)

Fri, 06/05/2022 - 00:00

The Optoelectronics Group of the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, invites applications for a Research Associate to work on the charge transport physics of two-dimensional metal organic frameworks. The post is part of a Core-To-Core International Collaboration project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK) and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), which involves a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, the University of Tokyo, the Technical University of Dresden and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The post is based in the group of Prof. Henning Sirringhaus, FRS, at the Cavendish Laboratory and will be focussed on experimental investigations of charge transport and materials physics of two-dimensional coordination nanosheets/metal organic frameworks.

The role holder will lead a sub-group of graduate students working on the grant on various aspects of the transport physics of these materials. The successful candidate will develop and execute their own independent research projects within this remit, under the guidance of the PI, Prof. Henning Sirringhaus, as well as provide day-to-day student supervision.

Appointment to this Research Associate position is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded). The Research Associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £31406 - £40927, whilst the Research Assistant (grade 5) salary falls within the range £27,116 to £31,406.

Candidates should hold (or be about to complete) a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering or a related area. The successful candidate will have research experience research experience in the materials and charge transport physics of organic semiconductors, metal organic frameworks, two-dimensional materials or perovskite semiconductors is highly desirable.

The position is available from June 2022.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2023 in the first instance.

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

Enquiries should be sent to the Kapitza Hub (kapitza.hr@phy.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference KA31237 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.

Research Assistant/Associate role in Photophysics (Fixed Term)

Fri, 06/05/2022 - 00:00

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position to work on a project to explore the electronic and optical properties of radical (spin ¿)-based organic semiconductors, supported by the European Research Council.

The successful candidate will join the Department of Physics, working under the supervision of Prof. Sir Richard Friend, working closely with Dr Akshay Rao in the Department of Physics and Dr Hugo Bronstein in the Department of Chemistry. One of the leading academic groups in the field of organic and hybrid electronics, our research programme is built on a broad scientific approach aiming to understand the electronic properties of novel semiconductors, but also aiming to understand in-depth the physical processes that govern the performance of organic, nanocrystal and hybrid organic-nanocrystal electronic devices, such as light emitting diodes and photovoltaics.

We have recently reported efficient light-emitting diodes using radical (spin ¿)-based organic semiconductor for emission. These materials operate entirely within the spin-doublet manifold, avoiding non-emissive spin configurations based on spin-triplets that compromise the operation of conventional organic LEDs and solar cells. This opens a new domain for the operation and design of organic semiconductors materials and devices, one that is radically different from what has been possible till now. This project will explore and develop the fundamental electronic and optical properties of this new class of radical-based organic semiconductor materials (ROSCs) and harness them to develop new possibilities for optoelectronic and spintronic devices.

The ideal candidate should have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics or a related area, and a strong background in the semiconductor device physics of organic semiconductors. A strong track record of high-quality research and an excellent publication record publication are essential. The ability to work well in a team will be crucial as projects will be highly collaborative, involving universities and industrial partners around the world. Experience with device fabrication, characterisation and modelling is desirable. The position will available to start from June 2022.

Appointment to this Research Associate position is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant (Grade 5) and amended to Research Associate (Grade 7) when the PhD is awarded). The Research Associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £33,309 to £40,927, whilst the Research Assistant (grade 5) salary falls within the range £27,116 to £31,406.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) a covering letter, and a list of publications in the Upload section of the online application.

Fixed-term: The position is available from 01/06/2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

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Informal inquires can be addressed via email to Professor Richard Friend (rhf10@cam.ac.uk) https://www.phy.cam.ac.uk/directory/friendr. Please include a curriculum vitae while doing so.

Please quote reference KA31232 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.

Senior Project Biologist (Fixed Term)

Wed, 04/05/2022 - 00:00

The School of Biological Sciences and Isaac Physics project are looking for a biologist/biochemist who is passionate about teaching and widening participation at university to join the Isaac team. The role holder will work as part of the Isaac team of physicists, mathematicians and chemists, to support students nationally in raising their attainment and applications to research intensive universities. This is to be achieved through a weekly programme of work and tutorials in our STEM SMART programme (https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/stem-smart) which will develop a deeper understanding of biology and mathematical biology through problem solving.

As the project biologist, the role holder will act as the lead for the production, quality assurance and delivery of online and print resources. Some source materials will be provided as a starting point and catalyst. They will take responsibility for deciding which topics within the school biology curriculum are fundamental to future university study in biology. They will be required to deliver online tutorials to both large (~500) and small groups (10) of students as well as prepare and deliver in person lectures, if and when government and university guidelines permit.

It is essential that candidates have a post-graduate degree in biology or biochemistry (ideally PhD) and experience of teaching at first year university level. They will also ideally have taught students at pre-18 (A level or equivalent) or have detailed knowledge of the school curriculum and its content. It is vital that the role-holder has an excellent eye for detail and accuracy but can also deliver to tight timescales and efficiently. Successful candidates will have excellent IT skills with significant experience of working with LaTeX, html, drawing packages such as Inkscape and video packages such as Camtasia.

The role is full-time and the role-holder will ideally be in post by the 27th June 2022.

We are open to job sharing for this role, for example, two people working 0.5 FTE.

The timescale for delivery of biology content for this project is for draft materials to be online and in print by 1st Sept 2022 with quality assurance and material live by 1st January 2023. The length of the contract is one year in the first instance with a potential extension to 2 years (subject to funding and success of the pilot year).

Interviews will take place in w/c 23 May 2022.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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

Enquiries are welcome and should be sent to hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA30936 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.

HR Co-ordinator

Fri, 29/04/2022 - 00:00

The Rutherford Hub, within the Department of Physics, is seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual to provide a comprehensive HR support delivering a pro-active and responsive service to academic and research staff, graduate students and visitors. This is an exciting and challenging time for the Department and we would like individuals with a positive attitude towards change and development to join our small and friendly team.

To perform this role effectively you will join us with experience of working administratively in an HR area and the ability to demonstrate both factual and theoretical knowledge of HR administration, including working with multiple processes and to tight regulations. You will have excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills to be able to manage good working relationships with a wide variety of people from all over the world and have the ability to communicate verbally and in writing to a high standard. As well as excellent organisational skills, you will have the ability to work under pressure and prioritise workloads to meet multiple deadlines. You will be educated to HND/ HNC level, level 4/ 5 vocational qualification or an equivalent level of practical experience

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, reliable, used to dealing with highly confidential information and able to work quickly, methodically and accurately demonstrating good attention to detail. Knowledge of using HR database systems is essential and experience of working in a science or higher education environment would be a distinct advantage albeit, an ability to work independently and to take initiative is more important.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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

Enquiries are welcome and should be sent to hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA28768 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.

Associate-Experimental Astrophysics on Exoplanets (Fixed Term)

Wed, 20/04/2022 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Didier Queloz Email: dq212@cam.ac.uk

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact the Rutherford HR at Rutherford.HR@phy.cam.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is: 4th May 2022

The interview date for the role is: TBC

Please quote reference KA30926 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.

Scientific Program Manager for The Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe (Fixed Term)

Wed, 13/04/2022 - 00:00

The Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe (LCLU), based at the University of Cambridge, is looking for a Scientific Program Manager responsible for the Hub operations of the centre and the management of scientific program, including selection, financial tracking and reporting. The program manager will coordinate academic and social activities of the Centre, organise reporting of outputs and activities to the sponsor, and assist Directors Professor Didier Queloz and Prof Nicholas Tosca.

The Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe is a unique initiative supported by Leverhulme Trust Board with a research grant to the University of Cambridge, bringing together world-leading research groups in each cognate discipline to address the big questions of life's origins and ubiquity.

The successful candidate is expected to be familiar with general project management and to have extensive experience of a similar role in an academic environment. Experience in initiating and conducting research projects is desirable. The successful candidate should be capable of planning, organising and prioritising project-related tasks to meet short-term and long-term objectives.

The candidate should possess excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills and is expected to communicate regularly with members of the Centre within Cambridge and internationally, as well as with members of the public. To that end, the candidate should ideally have experience with overseeing the development of audio-visual projects to communicate the activities of the Centre across various social media platforms.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop a personal research program relevant with the objectives of the centre up to 20% of their time.

The Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe is a unique initiative supported by Leverhulme Trust Board with a research grant to the University of Cambridge, bringing together world-leading research groups in each cognate discipline to address the big questions of life's origins and ubiquity.

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Professor Didier Queloz: dq212@cam.ac.uk

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA28231 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.

Research Assistant/Associate in Applied Machine Learning (Fixed Term)

Tue, 12/04/2022 - 00:00

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

The role is funded by the "Unleash machine learning for materials discovery" programme. The project will develop a new form of federated machine learning that, merges separate machine learning models, before applying the methodology to collaborator's data. The research will be hosted in Dr Conduit's group within the Department of Physics which has a track record of developing machine learning tools, designing experimentally verified materials leading to six patents and many peer-reviewed papers. The approach has been commercialized by Intellegens as the product Alchemite Analytics for use in materials, industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals. This project will continue the development of new approaches to federated learning, that offers significant practical advantages including the ability to merge not only machine learning models with different architectures, but also computational methods and analytical formulae. The machine learning models can be trained in parallel, readily withdrawn from the merged model and value ascribed to each model's contribution.

The applicant will be required to work with experimental collaborators across multiple science disciplines to demonstrate the method's benefits and develop case studies leading to peer-reviewed publications. The studies may highlight limitations of federated learning approaches, which will motivate the post holder to pursue and test further algorithmic developments.

The successful candidate will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in physical sciences, computer sciences or a closely related discipline. They should be able to pursue scientific investigation from conception to publication stages, with research experience in physical sciences or machine learning. The candidate should have proven organisational, communication and team working skills, be able to manage their own workload and continually update knowledge in the specialist area.

The post holder will be located at the Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE, UK.

Salary Range: Research Assistant (Grade 5) £27,116 to £31,406. Research Associate (Grade 7) £33,309 to £40,927.

Appointment at Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded).

The closing date for applications is 11th May 2022.

To apply for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below, which takes you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload the following in the upload section of the online application: CV; Covering letter and two named referees.

If you upload any documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

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

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Dr Gareth Conduit (gjc29@cam.ac.uk). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Mott Hub HR Administrator (mott.hub@phy.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference KA30913 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.

Hub General and Finance Administrator (Fixed Term)

Tue, 12/04/2022 - 00:00

Are you seeking an exciting opportunity in which to develop your administrative career in a world-leading academic department and University?

The Department of Physics is seeking a motivated individual to provide support in an administrative Hub office, delivering a pro-active and responsive service to academic and research staff, graduate students and visitors. You will provide wide-ranging administrative support to the Hub Administrator, Finance Administrator and HR Administrator.

You will have GCSE level grades A-C or equivalent / NVQ Level 2 or equivalent level of practical experience. Previous experience working in an office environment would be advantageous, but is not essential as full training will be provided. You will have excellent general organisational and administrative skills, with the ability to deal with a wide-range of duties.

It is vital that you possess excellent inter-personal skills to be able to work well with your Hub team and manage good working relationships with a wide variety of people from all over the world.

This is a full-time, permanent position with anticipated working hours of 9am ¿ 5.30pm.

As well as developments in its administration, the Department is looking forward to further major developments, including planning for a state-of-the-art, multi-million pound new building within the next five years.

This is an exciting and challenging time for the Department and we would like individuals with a positive attitude towards change and development to join us.

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA29349 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.

Assistant Prof in Experimental High Energy Physics

Fri, 08/04/2022 - 00:00

The Department of Physics invites applications for a University Lectureship in Experimental Particle Physics with an associated Fellowship at Murray Edwards College. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates with a track record of excellence in precision Higgs, top, electroweak or quark sector measurements, or in searches for physics beyond the Standard Model. The successful candidate will strengthen the High Energy Physics research group's existing international reputation in experimental particle physics on the ATLAS or LHCb experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, take a lead in their future upgrades, and participate in future accelerator or non-accelerator initiatives in the field.

In addition to the University Lectureship which attracts an appropriate teaching load in the Department of Physics, the successful candidate will be appointed to a Lectureship at Murray Edwards College to provide up to four hours' undergraduate supervision per week during full term as well as acting as Director of Studies for part of the Natural Sciences Tripos at the College, duties which will receive separate remuneration and which are subject to a separate contract.

The Department is active in promoting policies to address historic under-representation of women and minority groups in its workforce. We are proud to hold an Athena SWAN Gold Award and Institute of Physics JUNO Champion status for our work on equity, diversity and inclusion. Candidates from under-represented groups, as well as candidates with a track record in addressing barriers to equity, diversity and inclusion in education, are particularly encouraged to apply.

The lectureship is available from 1st October 2022.

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

Please ensure that you upload the following documents:-

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A list of up to ten papers where you have made the most significant personal contributions. We do not require a full list of your collaborative papers.

  • A research proposal of no longer than 3 pages, including a description as to how your research plans fit with existing Cavendish activities. It is not necessary to review the overall plans of existing research in the high energy physics group except where they are directly relevant to your proposal.

  • A one page statement on your approach to teaching and how you believe you can contribute to the Department's teaching programme at undergraduate and graduate level.

If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference KA30778 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.

Senior Windows Developer/Administrator (Fixed Term)

Thu, 31/03/2022 - 00:00

Participate in creating IT infrastructure that will support the next generation of scientific discovery, as part of the Cavendish Laboratory's £300m Ray Dolby Centre project.

Joining a local IT Services group of 13 people consisting of Infrastructure, Help Desk and Audiovisual teams, you will become a member of the 6-person Infrastructure team as its senior Windows platform expert, a role with a clearly-defined set of project achievements for you to accomplish and add to your career history as part of a larger strategic digital transformation plan.

You will have senior expert responsibility for transforming our existing Windows server and application infrastructure towards cloud and hybrid services, while serving the needs of users working at the cutting edge of scientific research. Other major career-enhancing and marketable projects include building a SharePoint ecosystem and IT infrastructure support for hybrid working patterns. This is challenging, exciting and rewarding work for calculated risk takers and intrinsically motivated innovators, in a great team working in a remarkable organisation with a long history - and future ahead of it - of contributing to the scientific knowledge and progress of our global society.

You are likely to have a significant depth of experience with Windows technologies such as Server, Active Directory, Group Policy, Azure, virtualisation, SharePoint development, and security. You should have a good understanding of how likely technology trends over the next five years would be relevant to this role. The nature of the role means some work onsite will be required, but overall the pattern of work is expected to be hybrid, subject to individual preferences. In return for your contribution to us, you would be joining a supportive department with an active commitment to building community, diversity and growth, flexible working practices, wellbeing initiatives and personal and professional development opportunities. The Cavendish Laboratory currently holds an Athena SWAN Gold Award, and consists of over 1,000 staff.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Mike Moriarty (Head of IT Transformation): mm2228@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA28533 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.

Communications Co-ordinator (Fixed Term)

Wed, 09/03/2022 - 00:00

The Cavendish Laboratory is the home of the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge.

We are seeking a self-motivated, self-starter Communications co-ordinator to provide central coordination for the Cavendish's strategic communications activities at an exciting time for the department.

This will involve planning, developing, and implementing an effective multi-channel communications service in order to raise the visibility of the Cavendish, and to lead on key communications projects, initiatives, and campaigns, in line with the Department communications strategy.

It will also provide support to help maintain and optimise the department's digital presence, including the website, Intranet, and social media, and will produce regular news updates and news content using a variety of communication channels including email, social media, video and offline materials.

The Communications Co-ordinator sits within the Cavendish's Communications team, which sets out the internal and external communications strategy and contributes to the department's long-term growth and strategic impact. The role reports to the Departmental Administrator.

Experience of working with journalists, using data and insight (eg. Google Analytics) to inform recommendations about future improvements, and creating or commissioning communications content including photography, video, blogs, and podcasts, are not essential to this role but would also be welcome.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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

Informal enquiries about the vacancy and application process can be addressed to Vanessa Bismuth, Communications Manager on 07707 288203 or communications@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA30399 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.

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