Research Assistant/Associate in High-Throughput Semiconductor Characterisation (Fixed Term)

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A position exists for a postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate to work on the development of high-throughput microscopy, material characterisation and electronic device development. The role holder will join the Electrical Engineering Division under the supervision of Dr Jack Alexander-Webber.

The successful individual will join a project that aims to develop new high-throughput device integration, characterisation, and analysis techniques to generate large multi-technique characterisation datasets of nanomaterials, such as semiconductor nanowires, graphene, two-dimensional semiconductors.

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The key responsibilities and duties are:

  • Fabricating and characterising (opto)electronic devices based on arrays of nanomaterials
  • Designing and optimising high-throughput material characterisation techniques which may include optical and electron microscopy, imaging ellipsometry, and statistical electrical characterisation of nanomaterial devices.
  • Generating and analysing and correlating multi-technique datasets using combinations of complementary characterisation techniques for arrays of semiconductor nanostructures.
  • Writing and publishing journal papers on experimental findings.
  • Playing an active role in the day-to-day supervision of students involved in the project.
  • Working cooperatively within a team of academics, researchers and postgraduate students at Cambridge, and collaborating with industrial partners and other UK-based and international universities.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are:

  • Must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or related disciplines.
  • Track record of authoring high quality academic publications in field of high-throughput materials characterisation and (opto)electronic device development.
  • Experience and skills in semiconductor device fabrication and characterisation.
  • Some experience in the use of microscopy for materials characterisation such as scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, imaging ellipsometry, and image analysis of these datasets.
  • Interpersonal and leadership skills as required for interdisciplinary collaborative research project.
  • Motivation and enthusiasm for curiosity-driven research.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience). Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Research Assistant: £29,605-£33,966; Research Associate: £36,024-£44,263

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2024 in the first instance.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Sue Murkett (

Please quote reference NM39614 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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