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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Solid-State Chemistry
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF32368

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 24/04/2020

Job live date: 26/03/2020

Salary: £30,942 - £35,845 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Chemistry Food & Pharmacy

Division: Chemistry

Hours per week: Full time

Employment Basis/Type: Fixed term up to 21 months

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to join a project to investigate materials for thermoelectric energy harvesting. The project is funded through the EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund initiative and seeks to develop new solid-state materials for the extraction of electrical power from traditional Indian cookstoves (Chulhas). The project will focus on new mixed-metal chalcogenides related to Earth-abundant copper sulfide minerals. 

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be responsible for the synthesis of materials and for the characterization of their physical properties, including the measurement and interpretation of data. Both conventional high-temperature processing and mechanochemical synthesis will be used. In addition to carrying out measurements in-house, the researcher will also perform diffraction and inelastic scattering experiments at central facilities.

The successful applicant will join the Solid-State Chemistry Group at the Department of Chemistry, under the supervision of Prof Anthony Powell and Dr Paz Vaqueiro. The project will be carried in a multi-institutional team, involving collaboration with the University of Manchester and the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India.  

This is a full-time, fixed-term Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position of up to 21 months duration. 

You will have:
•    Hold, or be near the completion of, a PhD in Chemistry, Physics or a related discipline 
•    Have relevant experience in solid-state and/or materials science 
•    An excellent publication track record 
•    Strongly motivated with good organisational skills
•    Good verbal, communication and interpersonal skills
•    Be able to work both independently and part of a research team

Interview date: TBC

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Prof. Anthony V Powell

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The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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