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Senior Research Associate in Nanoscale Thermal Phenomena in 2D Materials

Physics
Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Wednesday 29 July 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3045

Applications are invited from a highly motivated and creative researcher to work on the exploration of fundamentals of heat transport and thermoelectric phenomena in two-dimensional materials (2DMs). The project is a key part of EU largest research consortium – Graphene Flagship http://graphene-flagship.eu/ and runs in the group of Prof. Oleg Kolosov at the Physics Department of Lancaster University. The project tackles a yet to be fully understood physical and material science phenomena in a wide family of 2DMs such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides, materials that include both largest and lowest thermal conductivities known in any solid-state material. An overarching goal of the project is to advance our knowledge of nanoscale thermal phenomena in 2DMs that offer solutions for problems such as heat dissipation in microelectronics that for more than a decade blocks increase of processors speed, and finding novel paradigms for efficient thermoelectric materials and 2DM electronic and optoelectronic devices.

You should have a PhD (or about to be awarded a PhD) in Material Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering or a related subject, and hands-on expertise in advanced scanning probe microscopy or experimental studies of physical properties of 2DMs. The experience in nanoscale thermal transport, and/or modelling is a clear advantage. A strong publication record in these areas and exceptional experimental skills are essential. You will use advanced nanoscale physical properties characterisation techniques including advanced scanning probe microscopy, time-domain optical methods, and nano-manufacturing in the state-of-the-art Lancaster IsoLab https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/physics/isolab/ and Lancaster Quantum Technology Centre https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/quantum-technology/ and you will work in a close interaction with the National Graphene Institute of Manchester University, a birthplace of Graphene https://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk/about/ngi/, the National Physical Laboratory and multiple leading research groups across Europe. 

The initial position is available immediately until 31st March 2023.

Lancaster University is top 10 in three main league tables, and we are proud to have been named International University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. The Department of Physics at Lancaster University provides an excellent research environment and in REF2014 was ranked 2nd in the UK for the number of research outputs judged to be of internationally leading (4 star) quality, with 28% of our publications in this top bracket. We are located on a beautiful campus in the North West of England close to the stunning Lake District National Park. We strongly support the individual needs of each staff member and promote a healthy work-life balance. We are committed to the Athena Swan Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. In our drive to create a diverse, supportive community, we have attained Juno Champion and Athena SWAN Silver status.

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting Prof. Oleg Kolosov on o.kolosov@lancaster.ac.uk 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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