Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge, UK is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in spectroscopy. The funding allows successful candidates to work for 12 months in the first instance. Potential candidates should apply before July 21, 2019.

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

This Research Associate position is supported by the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant ‘Extending the range of the glassy state: Exploring structure and property limits in metallic glasses’ held by Prof. A. L. Greer. Metallic glasses (MGs), among the most actively studied metallic materials, have attractive mechanical properties. The ExtendGlass project aims to widen the range of glassy states and to explore the consequences of unusual states, particularly for mechanical properties and for phase stability/crystallization.

MGs undergo changes in structure and properties, even when the directly applied or induced strains are well within the nominally elastic range. Examples of treatments include thermal cycling (including cryogenic), static loading, stress cycling and application of ultrasound. Little has been done to optimize these treatments, in particular to identify the temperature ranges in which they are best applied. This project will characterize beta relaxation and other dynamic effects in MGs, and will explore the general coupling between thermomechanical treatments and structural changes in MGs, including rejuvenation/relaxation of the glassy state and crystallization. For this post, experience of conventional differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), ultra-fast (‘Flash’) DSC, and of nanoindentation are essential, and experience of conventional mechanical testing, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), thermomechanical analysis (TMA) or resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) would be beneficial.

Applicants must have a strong academic research record in materials science or a closely related discipline. They should have, or expect soon to gain, a PhD.

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Informal enquiries should be made to Prof. Lindsay Greer (

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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