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Vacancies

All current vacancies:

(1) PhD Positions

(2) PA to Director and Administrators of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (Fixed Term).

(3) Administrator EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology.

(4) Cambridge Graphene Centre Senior Project Manager.

(5) Process Technician Cambridge Graphene Centre.

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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 (acf26@eng.cam.ac.uk).

Dr Tawfique Hasan (th270@cam.ac.uk) and Dr Felice Torrisi () are also accepting new PhD students in the broad field of nanotubes, graphene and other layered materials for engineering applications. Prospective candidates are invited to contact them 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.

For general information on the PhD application to Cambridge please see

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/admissions/

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2. PA to the Director and Administrators of the Cambridge Graphene Centre

We wish to appoint a PA to the Director and Administrators of the Cambridge Graphene Centre.

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 partners to meet, and effectively establish joint industrial-academic activities to promote innovative and adventurous research with an emphasis on applications. The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Graphene Technology aims to development people able to stimulate the sustainability of engineering research and commercialisation of graphene and related materials across a variety of sectors.

We seek an experienced PA to provide a comprehensive PA service to the Director, Deputy Director and Administrators of the Cambridge Graphene Centre. The key responsibility of the role-holder will be the management of the Director's, Deputy Director and Administrators' diary and dealing in an efficient and timely manner with a very high daily volume of emails and calls (by phone and in person) from hundreds of collaborators and academic and industrial partners in UK and worldwide, in coordination with the diary and daily activities of all the CGC and CDT members. The role holder will be instrumental in ensuring the effective operation of the daily schedule of all personnel and students in the CGC and CDT, as well as updating databases, and scheduling personnel recruitment. The role-holder will co-ordinate and plan the Centre's events, meetings, workshops, seminars and relative finances, and organise and prepare the agendas and minutes. This will be done in person or by delegating responsibilities to the most appropriate CGC/CDT staff members. We seek a team player who is able to prioritise work and build positive relations with work colleagues.

The successful applicant will be educated to at least A level standard with advanced diary management, IT skills (inclusive of web page management) and with experience of financial accounting. The applicant must have excellent administrative and organisational skills and a proven track record in working under very tight and overlapping deadlines. The role requires the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and to organise and prioritise a wide range of tasks.

The post holder will be located at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 OFA, UK.

Salary range: 25,728-29,799.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Upload your Curriculum Vitae, covering letter, two reference letters 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 Monday 10 September 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact HR Office on 01223 332615 or by email on (hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk). Informal enquiries can be made to Professor A C Ferrari (acf26@eng.cam.ac.uk). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Graphene Centre Administrator (admin@graphene.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference NM15652 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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

Further information

Apply online

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3. Administrator EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology

We wish to appoint an Administrator EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology.

The mission of the Cambridge Graphene Centre is to investigate the science and technology of graphene, carbon allotropes, layered crystals and hybrid nanomaterials. This engineering innovation centre allows partners to meet and effectively establish joint industrial-academic activities to promote innovative and adventurous research with an emphasis on applications.

The Cambridge Graphene Centre, which is based in West Cambridge, also hosts the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), in Graphene Technology. The CDT works closely with industry to ensure that successful students are properly equipped to follow careers in both industry and academia.

We are seeking an administrator who, working closely with the Centre Directors, will oversee the administration of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology.

The Centre Administrator will be responsible for managing and organising the administration of the CDT; managing all aspects of the CDT finances, including the administrative tasks necessary to secure new funding streams; co-ordinating and planning all the CDT meetings, workshops and seminars, taking the role of convenor and minute secretary; liaising with the industrial partners to agree projects and placements. The role-holder also acts as first point of contact for potential and current students for all course-related matters. The Administrator is responsible for the organisation of teaching materials and spaces for lectures and workshops as well as the organisation of management board meetings, taking minutes, organisation of interviews for new students and administrative support of students on arrival. The role-holder will act as the key point of contact and fielding for all communications relating to the CDT activity, ensuring a timely response to all requests, and organization of meeting and conference calls as needed. The Administrator will be responsible for maintaining and regularly updating the CDT web pages and social media.

The successful applicant will be educated to at least A level standard, but preferentially to degree level, and have relevant administrative experience, preferably in an academic environment, as well as experience of working as part of a management team with accountability for group and individual performance. The role requires an organised approach to tasks and a high level of attention to detail, good numeracy and IT skills (in particular ability to manage and update web pages) and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people. The ability to build effective interpersonal relationships with people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences is essential as well as the confidence to work with business and academic people at senior and junior levels.

The post holder will be located at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 OFA, UK.

Salary range: 25,728-29,799.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Upload your Curriculum Vitae, covering letter, two reference letters 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 Monday 24 September 2018. For any questions concerning the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering on 01223 332615 or by email on (hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk). If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Professor Andrea C Ferrari (acf26@eng.cam.ac.uk). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Graphene Centre Administrator (admin@graphene.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference NM16526 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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

Further information

Apply online

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4. Cambridge Graphene Centre Senior Project Manager

We wish to appoint a Cambridge Graphene Centre Senior Project Manager

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 partners to meet and establish joint industrial-academic activities to promote innovative and adventurous research with an emphasis on applications. At present there are around 120 people in the CGC. The CGC also hosts the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Graphene Technology. The CDT works closely with industry to ensure that successful students are properly equipped to follow careers in both industry and academia.

We seek a Senior Project Manager to join the CGC operations team at West Cambridge. The role holder will work closely with the CGC Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer to ensure that the CGC research commitments and contracts are effectively planned, monitored and delivered. The successful applicant will be responsible for:

  • developing and implementing the project management for research to be undertaken in the CGC to allow for early preparation of grant submissions and ensure timely progress in the research, meeting all the key performance indicators and reporting deadlines. This will include attending and organizing all project meetings, all working groups and calls, ensuring the attendance of all the relevant CGC members, and ensuring that agenda points are well prepared in advance of any meetings.
  • developing a project management strategy for the collaborations between the CGC and its project partners;
  • liaising with key stakeholders to develop a strategy for collaborative and leading edge research in technology of graphene and related materials.

The successful applicant will hold a degree in a relevant science or engineering field and a PhD or equivalent experience. The role-holder will need to have a proven track record in managing research projects, in particular EU and nationally funded projects, as well as industrial projects, together with experience of managing or participating in collaborative research programmes. Previous administrative or project management experience in a similar environment is required. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to interact and build relationships with people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, are essential, as are excellent IT skills and experience of writing scientific reports, producing contents for web pages, use of project management tools, including X5, EMDESK, the participant portal, etc. Frequent travel, even at short notice and over the weekends will be required.

The post holder will be located at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 OFA, UK.

Salary range:35,550-47,722.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Upload your Curriculum Vitae, covering letter, two reference letters 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 Monday 24 September 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering on 01223 332615 or by email on (hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk), Dr Luigi Occhipinti (technology@graphene.cam.ac.uk) or Professor Andrea C Ferrari (acf26@eng.cam.ac.uk). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Graphene Centre Administrator (admin@graphene.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference NM16522 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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

Further information

Apply online

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5. Process Technician Cambridge Graphene Centre

The mission of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) is to investigate the science and technology of graphene, carbon allotropes, layered crystals and hybrid nanomaterials. The Cambridge Graphene Centre also hosts the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), in Graphene Technology. The CDT works closely with industry to ensure that successful students are properly equipped to follow careers in both industry and academia. The CGC Operations team, managed by the CGC Deputy Director and COO, includes the CGC facilities management and support staff.

As part of the CGC facilities management and support staff, the role-holder will be responsible for the close control over the handling and use of processing equipment. The role-holder will assist the CGC Principal Technician and the CGC Facilities Manager to undertake all higher risk activities, such as modifications to the gas handling system and resupply, which is particularly important when the hazard presented is acute. The role-holder will also assist with the building operations, including close monitoring of temperature, water supply, solar energy generation and AV facilities. The role-holder will be responsible for storing and cataloguing of equipment, PCs and Laptops, as well as desks and chairs and their deployment to the seminar, tutorial, board rooms and atriums according to the users' needs. The role-holder will update desks and door signs. The role-holder will be tasked with processing graphene and related materials using various liquid-based procedures, in order to maintain a steady production of material for the CGC and its industrial partners. This will require following precise procedures developed by the CGC researchers. Experience in handling chemicals, and solution processing equipment is necessary. The role holder will update the CGC, NMS and CDT web pages with all available facilities, including brief descriptions and pictures, as well as be responsible for purchasing any item required for the running of the CGC and CDT. The role holder will maintain and update a database of all purchases to ensure easy accounting and traceability. The role holder will train staff and students on a variety of procedures and processes used in the CGC facilities.

The role holder will be educated to at least HNC level qualification or gained experience and specialist knowledge through a period of practical experience and theoretical training working to a high degree of precision. The role holder will have excellent communication skills to enable explanation of and instruction in technical issues and processes to staff and students at all levels and ideally experience in solution processing and printing as well as working with chemicals and gases. The role requires specialist knowledge, good problem solving and technical skills.

The post holder will be located at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 OFA, UK.

Salary range: 25,728-29,799.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Upload your Curriculum Vitae, covering letter, two reference letters 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 Thursday 20 September 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering on 01223 332615 or by email on (hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference NM16574 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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

Further information

Apply online


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Last updated September 2018.