The Condensed Matter Physics group at the University of Manchester (UoM) is opening a Postdoctoral Research Associate position funded by the European Research Council.
The project focuses on the development of novel nanofluidic devices based on two-dimensional (2D) materials and their characterization with advanced scanning probe microscopy for the study of the dielectric properties of confined water and biomolecules. Such properties are fundamental physical properties that influence molecular structuring, dynamics and interactions with major impact in many disciplines, from physics, surface and materials science to chemistry and biology. Yet, they have remained unknown so far for great difficulties in measuring them. Recent nanoscale measurements carried out by the group using advanced scanning probe microscopy on water confined into 2D nanochannels have found that few layers of water confined between 2D materials such as graphene and boron nitride have anomalous dielectric behaviour (Fumagalli et al. Science 360, 1, 2018). Building on this breakthrough, the project aims at understanding the anomalous dielectric behaviour of nanoconfined water as well as extending the study to the case of other molecules. This is an ambitious research project with a strong interdisciplinary and ground-breaking nature in a leading research group in 2D-materials and scanning probe microscopy.
The position requires a PhD or equivalent in physics, chemistry, materials science or a closely related discipline. It focuses on the design and fabrication of novel 2D nanofluidic devices coupled to advanced scanning probe microscopy and their experimental characterization along with a team of physicists, chemists, and biologists using the state-of-the-art facilities of the National Graphene Institute and the UoM.
The successful candidate will be a highly motivated and skilled experimental researcher with previous experience with micro/nanofabrication or surface science and chemistry. Experience with device fabrication in the field of 2D materials or micro/nanofluidics will be considered an asset. The appointment will be from 1st January 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter), and would extend for 24 months.
The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:
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Manager: Dr Laura Fumagalli
This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date