Research Assistant / Associate in Ferroelectric Materials for Highly Reliable Devices by Electro-Optical Characterisations
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

The post should ideally start between 1st January 2021 and 1st March 2021.

The successful candidate will join the Di Martino Lab (, as part of the Device Materials Group, University of Cambridge, which is world leading in the field of nanoscience.

Applications are invited for an experimental Research Assistant/Associate exploring ferroelectric materials for highly reliable devices by electro-optical characterisations. The project is part of a collaboration between Samsung Research in Korea and the Di Martino's (, the Driscoll's ( and the Flewitt's group ( in Cambridge. New abilities to confine light to the nanometre scale developed by us give a host of opportunities for new types of in-operando optical characterization of active devices (see Working in several teams with over 40 researchers, you will be developing nano-optics studies of nanoparticles and thin films to explore ferroelectric materials in precise geometries at the nanoscale.

Project: Optical Investigation of Interfaces for Highly Reliable Ferroelectric Materials.

This project will continue our work studying dynamics of light confinement down to the atomic scale to optically study in-operando structural changes that underpins devices performance at the nanoscale. We assemble wide variety of constructs to study the real-time dynamics on these extreme nano-optics scales. This will require experience in nano-optics, plasmonics, as well as a good theoretical understanding. A key requirement is strong knowledge and experience on optical setup alignment and customisation. Some background in opto-mechanics or spectroscopy would be advantageous.

Job requirements:

Applicants should have or about to obtain a PhD in Physics or a related discipline, with experience in optical measurements on the nanoscale and/or electrical characterization of nano-systems. In addition to proven experimental skills the candidate should ideally have experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. They should expect to be involved in both construction of new high precision optical spectroscopy rigs using lasers as well as a variety of chemical sample preparations or synthesis. Experience in the field of plasmonics or metamaterials would be helpful, as well as with surface-enhanced Raman scattering or spectroscopies. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required to conduct with international project between the different partners.

The Di Martino Lab collaborates widely across the University of Cambridge including the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Physics as well as many international partners, industry, with several major EU programmes. Recent publications can be seen on our website (above). Dr Di Martino is an acknowledged leader in linking the fields of nanoscale device engineering and plasmon-enhanced light¿matter interactions.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department/institution/Faculty/School/University.

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Applications, include a curriculum vitae, covering letter, a personal statement of accomplishments to date (up to 1000 words) and a publications list.

Informal enquires should be sent to Dr Di Martino by email

Please quote reference LJ24874 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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