University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Horizon Europe Guarantee MSCA Doctoral Network Researcher - FLUXIONIC

United Kingdom

Closing in 29 days

Horizon Europe Guarantee MSCA Doctoral Network Researcher - FLUXIONIC

Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QZ

A position is available for a period of 36 months, tenable at Oxford University, on a project in the field of experimental physical chemistry of liquids and electrolyte solutions. The successful candidate will be registered for PhD training while employed by the University as part of the UKRI Guarantee Doctoral Networks-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Grant (“FLUXIONIC: Controlled transport of water and ions in nanoconfinement ” doctoral network).

Water and ions in confined geometry arise in a vast range of natural phenomena, from the salt organs of marine animals to the biomineralizing environments where shells, teeth, cytoskeletons are formed. The electrolyte solutions involved in these processes are typically at high concentration and are highly complex, involving multiple ionic and non-ionic ingredients: atomic or molecular ions, polar and zwitterionic molecules (e.g. amino acids), and polymers/polyelectrolytes. These co-solutes can be crucial in determining the outcome of a process, e.g. the polymorphs resulting from mineralisation. In this project you will study the influence of ‘spectator' ions and polymers on structure and interactions in electrolyte solutions confined to thin films, and their effect on mineralisation from supersaturated solutions in confinement. This role includes experimental and theoretical study of aqueous solutions at interfaces and in thin films using a surface force balance (SFB) within the research team of Susan Perkin, and will be based in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford.

The successful applicant will also become a member of the UKRI Guarantee Doctoral Networks “FLUXIONIC”, funded from 2024-2028 by a UKRI Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions grant. They will become part of a Europe-wide network of students and investigators all working on projects related to Controlled transport of water and ions in nanoconfinement. Annual scientific meetings and training events will be included in the network's activities. Furthermore, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to carry out a secondment at another laboratory (“node”) of the network during the 36 month project. The fellow will be registered DPhil student of the university and also employed as a worker.

The total amount of funding allocated by UKRI to the benefit of the fellow is equivalent to £39,972.91 pa . Actual salary will depend on employer deductions, personal circumstances and the exchange rate applicable to the fellowship. This amount includes an annual living allowance and a mobility allowance (to cover the expenses associated with working in a different country). Under the terms of the UKRI funding, which aims to promote mobility within the research community, to be eligible for the post you:

- Must not have been resident in the UK for more than a total of 12 months in the past three years.

- Must not already have obtained a doctorate or had more than 4 years full time research experience

The start date is subject to discussion; the latest possible date is 1st October 2024.

An application should include a CV, a letter describing how you meet the criteria for the post (see further particulars), together with the names and contact details of two referees.

Contact Person : Vacancy ID : 169801 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 22-Mar-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : MARIE CURIE RESEARCHER (MCR) Contact Email : [email protected]

Job details


Horizon Europe Guarantee MSCA Doctoral Network Researcher - FLUXIONIC


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


February 10, 2024

Application deadline

March 22, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Physics,Space Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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