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All current vacancies:

(1) PhD Positions.

(2) Research Associate in Solution Processed Graphene and Related Materials and Composites (Fixed Term)

1. PhD positions

PhD positions are available every year. Prospective candidates are invited to send their CV and two reference letters directly to Prof A. C. Ferrari (

Prospective candidates are invited to contact us directly with their CV, publications list and two reference letters.

Please note most fully funded scholarships are applicable only to EU students. Non-EU students must secure additional independent funding to meet the University overseas requirements.

We especially look for candidates with top class degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Nanotechnology.

For general information on the PhD application to Cambridge please see


2. Research Associate in Solution Processed Graphene and Related Materials and Composites (Fixed Term)

We wish to appoint a Research Associate in the Cambridge Graphene Centre, to work on solution processed Graphene and Related Materials and Composites.

The mission of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) is to investigate the science and technology of graphene and related materials. This engineering innovation centre allows our partners to meet, and effectively establish joint industrial-academic activities to promote innovative and adventurous research with an emphasis on applications.

The aim is to develop a new class of composites able to exploit the mechanical, thermal, optical and electrical properties of graphene and related materials. The post holder will undertake the optimization of inks, dispersions and composites based on graphene and exfoliated layered materials for a wide range of printing and coating techniques. The role holder will be responsible for testing the materials in transparent and conductive composites for photovoltaics, smart windows, touch screens, and flexible electronics devices in general. The role holder will develop stable, jettable inks based on such materials suitable for printing on a broad range of substrates including flexible, paper and textiles. The post holder will develop composites by combining two or more inks of different materials to fine-tune their properties. The role holder will also develop conducting polymer/graphene-coated microfibers and characterise their structural, physical, electrochemical properties and electrobiological functionality, for electronic interconnection, surgical handling and chronic implantation. This is an ambitious frontier research program, with a strong interdisciplinary nature, across engineering, physical, chemical and soft matter sciences, and will require the optimization of inks and solutions based on graphene and related materials, as well as their incorporation in a variety of host substances, ranging from polymers, to glasses, metal, concrete, etc. with the aim of augmenting the mechanical, thermal, optical, or electronic properties of the host material.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Electronic Engineering, Physics, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Materials Science or closely related disciplines. Preference will be given to candidates with proven expertise in preparation, optimisation, and characterization of composites and inks based on graphene and related materials. Experience in handing collaborations within EU/UK projects, including reporting with frequent and strict deadlines and attendance to project meetings is also highly desirable, as well as experience of managing own workload.

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

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter, research publication list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

The closing date for applications is 12th January 2021. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the Professor Andrea C. Ferrari ( If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Cambridge Graphene Centre Administrator (

Please quote reference NM24977 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.

Further information

Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Group , Electrical Engineering Division, Cambridge University Engineering Department, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA, UK
Webmaster: A. Ott (ako24).
Last updated April 2019.