Research Assistant in Semiconductor Physics at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge, UK is offering postdoctoral associate position. This position is available for 3 years. The deadline for applying is February 19, 2020.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Two positions for a Research Associate/Research Assistant are available in the research group of Dr. Louise Hirst in the Department on Physics.

The aim of these roles is to develop novel growth and fabrication methods for ultra-thin III-V photovoltaic devices, utilizing graphene integration, for next generation space power systems. This will require the optimization of growth regimes for high quality epitaxial films and the characterization of films and nucleation mechanisms with techniques including RHEED, SIMS, XRD, XPS, AFM, electron microscopy and photoluminescence, as well as the development of post-growth transfer methods and device processing.

The successful candidates will be expected to analyse and interpret data and writing up their findings forconference presentation and journal publication. They will also be expected to work collaboratively and contribute to the running of the research group including student training and laboratory maintenance and development.

The successful candidates will hold a good first degree (2.1 or equivalent), a PhD (or be close to obtaining) inPhysics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering or a closely related discipline with: ability to pursue scientific investigation from the conception stage through to publication and a proven track record in III-V materials development including growth methods and film characterization. Preference will be given to candidates who also have experience in growth and transfer methods of graphene and other 2D materials, III-V device processing and/or high efficiency photovoltaics or other optoelectronic devices as demonstrated by publications in major journals.

The successful candidates will be able to write reports, present results and contribute to academic papers, will display a high level of accuracy and attention to detail, have experience in managing high workloads and have good general IT skills.

The candidate will also have proven organisational, communication and team-working skills.

The post holder will be located at the Department of Physics Cavendish Laboratory JJ Thomson Avenue Cambridge CB3 0HE, UK.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD including those who have submitted but not yet been awarded their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded).

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), list of publications and a covering letter describing your interest and suitability for this position with reference to your past research and future goals in the ‘upload’ section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Applicants will need to provide 2 referees whom we can contact. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

Interviews are expected to take place in February/March 2020.

For further information about the research group candidates should refer to If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Dr. Louise Hirst ( If you have any questions about the application process, please contact

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


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