Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Senior Research Associate in thin film surface characterization for molecular electronics

United Kingdom

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Senior Research Associate in thin film surface characterization for

molecular electronics

Physics Location: Bailrigg, Lancaster UK Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 Full time, (Indefinite with end date contract) Closing Date: Friday 31 May 2024 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: 1221-23-R

Contract Type: Fixed term for 28 months with the possibility of 24 months extension.

Start Date: Expected start date on or after 1 st July 2024.

The Department of Physics at Lancaster University invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on a collaborative EPSRC Programme Grant, ‘Quantum engineering of energy-efficient molecular materials', (QMol).

The QMol project will develop new strategies in molecular electronics for controlling molecular conformation, switching in organic/organometallic compounds, and new methods of molecular assembly, which can be deployed in scalable architectures to develop flexible energy harvesting materials, low- power neuromorphic computing, smart textiles and self-powered patches for healthcare. In order to do this, we will use room-temperature quantum interference effects which can be scaled up from single molecules to self- assembled monolayers.

This position will contribute to these goals through advanced ultra-high vacuum (UHV) scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of highly ordered molecular films including the use of on-surface reactions to produce functional 2D covalent networks. This will involve fundamental studies of molecules designed to exploit room temperature quantum interference effects, the development of methods to grow multi-layer molecular structures, and atomic scale characterisation of device integrated materials.

You should (or shortly expect to) hold a PhD in experimental physics, chemistry, or a related discipline. You will need to be highly motivated and be able to work collaboratively as part of a team, ensuring that key milestones are reached. You must be able to independently design and execute research and have the knowledge and experience to optimise and troubleshoot. We provide a supportive, stimulating, and interdisciplinary research environment working towards ambitious new scientific and technological goals in collaboration with our colleagues in the project consortium.

You will be based in Dr Samuel Jarvis' Research Group, and will collaborate with the wider QMol team comprising nine academics with track records at the forefront of their fields based at Lancaster University, Imperial College London, the University of Oxford, the University of Liverpool, and the STFC Central Laser Facility. More details on the QMol programme can be found at the following link: https: //

Facilities available in our group include state-of-the art SPM housed in the ultra-low-noise Lancaster IsoLab facility (https: // www. including ambient atomic force microscopy (AFM) and newly purchased variable temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy (VT-STM). The group also runs the Lancaster X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (Lancaster XPS) facility.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Samuel Jarvis: e-mail: [email protected].

Lancaster University is a leading UK University and the Physics Department is one of the top in the UK for research. REF2021 rated 98% of our research outputs as world-leading or internationally excellent. The Department is ranked 5th in the UK for Physics in the Guardian University League Tables 2023.

The Department is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies. We are also strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We hold an Athena SWAN Silver award and Institute of Physics Juno Champion status. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

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    Senior Research Associate in thin film surface characterization for molecular electronics


    Lancaster University


    United Kingdom


    April 30, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 31, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Engineering,Physics,Space Science

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    Established in 1964 by the Royal Charter, Lancaster University is amongst the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. It is among the only 6 collegiate universities in the country and has collaborations with NHS, GCHQ, LEP, CEH, EA, Sunway University, and UFLA, Brazil. Initially, the university was based at St. Leonard's Gate. The campus was moved to Bailrigg in South Lancaster in 1968. The university formerly had four colleges namely Cartmel, County, Lonsdale, and Bowland. Grizedale, Fylde, Furness, Pendle, and Graduate colleges were set up after 1990. Currently, it has 9 colleges that offer a total of 18 research programs.

    The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city center. The Bailrigg campus is home to Lancaster Arts, bringing together our own theatre, art gallery, and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. Each of the 9 colleges has its private residence blocks, administration staff, halls, bars, and Wi-Fi enabled common areas. There are two banks, a bakery, an ice-cream parlor, general stores and supermarkets, a beauty salon, and a post office on the university campus. Lancaster also has Chaplaincy Centre which houses prayer rooms with facilities for different faiths such as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islam, and Baha'i. Lancaster University provides university bus services making it convenient for the students and employees to commute. Further, the M6 motorway is only a five minutes' drive from the campus. It takes 10 minutes to drive to the West Coast Main Line that connects the city to London, Scotland, and Manchester.

    The academic structure of the university consists of undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate courses, research, and doctoral level programs. The acclaimed staff of the university guides the students into international level research centered on humanities, business subjects, natural sciences, modern languages, social sciences, and technology. Presently, the university has over 13,000 full-time students enrolled for first and higher degrees. There are 3,027 employees on the university campus including 1,323 faculty members.

    Lancaster University has over 148,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. The university has a notable list of alumni who have gained recognition in their respective disciplines. Emily Fleeshman is a Hollywood actress, famous for her role of Nikki in popular TV show Still Open All Hours. Also, she is the founder of an acting school named ‘The Actors' Lab’ based in Salford. Satnam Rana is a news presenter on BBC. Some other noble laureates of the university are Roger Ashton-Griffiths (actor), Andrew Brooke Miller (Novelist), Catherine Jane Smith (a member of British Labour Party), Lucy Jane Briers (actor), Andy Serkis (actor and director), Bruce Sewell (former counsel of Apple).

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