University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Research Fellow in Experimental UHV Scanning Probe Microscopy

United Kingdom

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Research Fellow in Experimental UHV Scanning Probe Microscopy

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in Experimental UHV Scanning Probe Microscopy? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research-intensive Universities?

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Associate/Fellow to work on the development of protocols and strategies for the ultra-high resolution imaging and force mapping of single atoms and molecules using scanning probe microscopes.

The project will extend previously published work Sweetman et al. Nature Communications 7, 10621 (2016) to a more sophisticated methodology involving the complex 3D mapping of tips functionalised with complex organic molecules, and their interactions with novel self-assembled molecular monolayers.

Holding a PhD (or have submitted your thesis before taking up the role) in Physics or a closely allied discipline; you will have experience in Ultra-High Vacuum (UHV) techniques/technology and variable/low temperature scanning probe microscopy (SPM). A background in atomic scale imaging and/or atomic manipulation techniques is essential.

We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus approx.16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That's 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme plus life assurance– the University contributes 14.5% of salary.
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available. And much more!
  • To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

    Dr Adam Sweetman, University Research Fellow

    Email: [email protected]

    Location: Leeds - Main Campus

    Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences School/Institute: School of Physics & Astronomy Category: Research Grade: Grade 7 Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 per annum Working Time: 37.5 hours per week Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (Upto 2 years - to complete specific time limited work) Release Date: Wednesday 15 May 2024 Closing Date: Sunday 16 June 2024 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: EPSPA1113 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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    Research Fellow in Experimental UHV Scanning Probe Microscopy


    University of Leeds


    United Kingdom


    May 16, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 16, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Engineering,Physics,Space Science

    About the employer

    The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

    The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

    Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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