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Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

A new postdoctoral associate position in spectroscopy is available at University of Cambridge. Applications are welcome before October 31, 2018.

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

Applications are invited for an experimental postdoctoral Fellowship in optofluidic spectroscopy within the Optofluidics research group of Dr Tijmen Euser in the NanoPhotonics Centre (Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge).

Working in a collaborative team across different departments and internationally, the successful candidate will develop spectroscopy techniques to study photocatalytic processes in novel optofluidic waveguides. Building on our recent work on optofluidic sensing of photochemical reactions in hollow-core photonic crystal fibre (see: https://www.np.phy.cam.ac.uk/research-themes/optofluidics), this project focuses on developing new optofluidic reactor concepts that will have a major impact on the studies of sustainable photocatalytic systems that combine molecular catalysts with non-toxic carbon nanodots. The role is funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Project: “Optofluidic Microreactors for Advanced Catalysis”. Close collaborations with partner groups, including the Reisner Lab http://www-reisner.ch.cam.ac.uk/ in Chemistry and the Russell Division at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany https://www.mpl.mpg.de/en/institute/russell-division.html, are envisioned.

The Cambridge Optofluidics group collaborates widely across the University of Cambridge including the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Chemical Engineering, as well as with international and industrial partners. Our recent publications can be found on http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-2876-2014. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with a strong PhD in Physics or a related discipline, with strong experience in experimental optics research. In addition to proven experimental skills the candidates should ideally have experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. They should expect to be involved in both construction of new optical spectroscopy rigs using lasers and spatial light modulators, as well as basic chemical sample preparations. Experience in the field of photonic crystal fibres, fibre optics in general, and/or with microfluidic technology would be helpful. Working knowledge of computer-based instrument control (for example in Python) is desirable.

Appointment as Research Associate 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).

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date of 31st October 2018, and interviews likely conducted in November 2018. The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible after 1st January 2019.

Informal enquiries can be addressed via email to Dr Tijmen Euser at te287@cam.ac.uk.


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