Research Fellow – Centre for Nanostructured Media (CNM)

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Temporary full-time

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 3 days ago

Reference 1441280

 Job Description

Research Fellow – Centre for Nanostructured Media (CNM) Ref: 19/107838 School of Mathematics & Physics Queen’s University Belfast is one of the le

School of Mathematics & Physics

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, with a distinguished heritage and history. With over 24,000 students, 4,200 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m, Queen’s University Belfast plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland. As a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.

This post is available for 36 months from 1 October 2019 until 30 September 2022.  You will act as a post-doctoral researcher on a collaborative partnership between Notre Dame University (USA), Tyndall National Institute (Cork, Ireland) and Queen’s University Belfast. The US-Ireland R&D Partnership programme “Engineering deterministic electron correlations and topological states in site-controlled III-V quantum droplets (EDTOQ)” aims to achieve deterministic quantum electron droplets (QED) designs suitable to support “large scale” development of reproducible Majorana zero modes (MZM) by fabricating highly controlled QEDs using selective area epitaxy (SAE) in the In(Ga)P/GaInP systems. 

As the Research Fellow you will support the experimental part of the project, mainly characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques; requiring ample experience in sample preparation by focused ion beam (FIB) and data analysis (diffraction, chemical and strain techniques). You will also be required to actively engage and collaborate with the research fellow working on the growth aspect of the project.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Hold or about to obtain a relevant PhD in electron microscopy (Thesis should currently be submitted and must be in an area highly relevant to project)
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience
  • Expertise in electron microscopy techniques (TEM & STEM): Diffraction and imaging techniques including HRTEM, Z-contrast, DF and BF.
  • Experience in sample preparation by FIB.
  • Experience in spectroscopy techniques: EDX & EELS.
  • Experience with strain analysis techniques and corresponding data analysis: GPA,  PPA or similar.
  • Publication record appropriate to  research experience

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Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 30 October 2019

Salary scale: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum (pro rata)

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Closing date: Monday 14 October 2019

For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’.  You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.  We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability. 

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding.