Research Assistant Associate in Growth and Device-integration of III nitride Nanowires
University of Cambridge Department of Engineering
United Kingdom


A position exists for a postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate to work on the growth of III-nitride nanowires/nanorods and on the fabrication of new optoelectronic devices based on these nanomaterials. The role holder will join the Electronic and Photonic Nanomaterials group under the supervision of Dr Hannah Joyce.


The successful individual will join a 5-year ERC-funded project (£1.3 million) that aims to engineer III-nitride nanowires and other nanomaterials. This project is targeting these nanomaterials towards a diverse range of applications including solar photoelectrochemical water splitting, solar cells and light emitting diodes.


The key responsibilities and duties are: 

(i)         Establishing new growth processes for III-nitride nanowires by metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE or MOCVD). 

(ii)        Investigating these nanostructures using techniques such as electron microscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. 

(iii)       Designing, fabricating and testing devices based on these nanowires. 

(iv)       Writing and publishing journal papers on experimental findings. 

(v)        Playing an active role in the day-to-day supervision of students involved in the project. 


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

(i)         A PhD in Materials Science, Electronic Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or Nanotechnology. 

(ii)        Experience and skills in the growth of compound semiconductor materials (III-Vs or III-nitrides). 

(iii)       A track record of authoring high quality academic publications. 

(iv)       Interpersonal and leadership skills as required for interdisciplinary collaborative research project. 

(v)        Motivation and enthusiasm for curiosity-driven research. 


The role will involve working cooperatively within a team of academics, researchers and postgraduate students at Cambridge, and will involve substantial collaboration with other UK-based and international universities.


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


Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. 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.

Salary Ranges:  


Research Assistant: £26,243 - £30,395 

Research Associate: £32,236 - £39,609 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.


Please upload your CV, covering letter, research publication list and the names/contact details of two referees in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload additional documents not requested, we will be unable to consider these as part of your application. Submit your application by midnight on the closing date.


For queries of a technical nature related to the role, contact Dr Hannah Joyce ( For queries related to the application process, contact Sue Murkett (, Tel +44 01223 760304).


Please quote reference NM19224 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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