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Vacancies

All current vacancies:

(1) PhD Positions

(2) European Graphene Flagship Science Writer and Communications Coordinator

(3) Research Associate in Raman Spectroscopy of Graphene and Related Materials.

(4) Research Assistant/Associate - Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Degradation Processes in EV Batteries x 6 (Fixed Term).

(5) Cambridge Graphene Centre Administrator.

(6) Cambridge Graphene Centre Finance Assistant.

(7) Cambridge Graphene Centre Process Technician.

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/

2. European Graphene Flagship Science Writer and Communications Coordinator

A position exists for an experienced Science Writer with a strong scientific background to lead the science communications activities of the European Graphene Flagship. This is a ten years, one Billion Euros initiative bringing together 150 academic and industrial partners in 23 countries.

The position will be based at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, a founding partner of the Flagship, and will require close interaction and frequent travel to Chalmers University of Technology, where the central administration of the EU Flagship, including marketing and dissemination, is based.

The role will involve creating content for the communication activities of the EU flagship as a whole. Communication and dissemination of the results of this public investment is of paramount importance to justify the unprecedented level of funding and to ensure the results are widely known outside the specialized scientific community.

The role holder will produce original content for a variety of outreach, communication, media, and dissemination activities. This will require creating, writing and editing newsletters, press releases, case studies, and annual reports translating the technical and specialist science and technology output of the Flagship into content accessible to various audiences, from the general public, to funding agencies, various types of media, as well as academics and industrialists.

The role holder will also maintain and update the content of the website and several social media, working with research staff to prepare articles and videos/podcasts for target audiences.

The role holder will be required to interface with media across the EU and worldwide, as well as funding agencies, politicians and others. Given that the scientific output of the Flagship is several hundreds publications per year, there is the need to create and cover multiple stories every week.

The role is partly funded by the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC), and it is expected that approximately 10% of the time will be devoted to similar activities for the CGC.

A degree in a relevant science area is required. A PhD is desirable in subjects like Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or Nanotechnology and/or an appropriate professional qualification in public relations or journalism and practical knowledge and experience of key media relations activities. A proven track-record as an editor/science writer in major scientific journals would be highly desirable, as well as experience in public relations and journalism. A significant amount of travel, including at short notice, will be required.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter 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.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 5 April 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Professor Andrea Ferrari (acf26@eng.cam.ac.uk). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the HR office (hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk) or 01223 332615.

Please quote reference NM14953 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

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3. Research Associate in Raman Spectroscopy of Graphene and Related Materials.

A position exists for a Research Associate to work in the Cambridge Graphene Centre on Raman Spectroscopy of Graphene and Related Materials.

The aim is to set up a new Raman spectrometer working at ultra-low and ultra long frequencies, with multiple layer lines from IR to UV and with low and high temperature and magnetic field capabilities. The role holder will also perform Raman measurements on a variety of samples ranging from amorphous carbon to graphene and related layered materials and hybrid systems, including plasmonic systems. The role holder will be expected to provide a full data analysis and interpretation of the data, using a variety of analytical and computational tools.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Engineering, Physics, Nanotechnology, Chemistry or Materials Science. The candidate will have sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Expertise in low frequency Raman spectroscopy of graphene and related layered materials is an essential requirement, as demonstrated by publications in major journals. Experience in handling collaborations within EU projects, including reporting and attendance to project meetings is also essential. The candidate will also have the ability to continually update knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development, as well as experience of managing own workload.

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

Salary range: Research Associate - 31,604 - 38,833.

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.

Ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter 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.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact 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 NM14759 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.

Closing date 15 March 2018

Further information

Apply online

4. Research Assistant/Associate - Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Degradation Processes in EV Batteries x 6 (Fixed Term).

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate x6 to work in the Cambridge Graphene Centre towards a comprehensive understanding of degradation processes in EV batteries.

The 'Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Degradation Processes in EV Batteries' project will examine how environmental and internal battery stresses (such as high temperatures, charging and discharging rates) damage electric vehicle (EV) batteries over time. Results will include the optimization of battery materials and cells to extend battery life (and hence EV range), reduce battery costs, and enhance battery safety. Project are available within the following areas (1) Evolution of the interface between conductive additives and active battery materials, (2) In-situ degradation studies of battery electrodes by Transmission Electron Microscopy, (3) In- and Ex-situ studies of battery electrodes by Magnetometry and Electrical transport, (4) In Situ Raman Spectroscopy of Battery Materials and Degradation Mechanisms (5) NMR and surface characterization of surface processes and degradation, (6) Metal oxide deposition for high performance NMC-811.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Engineering, Physics, Nanotechnology, Chemistry or Materials Science. The candidate will have sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. In addition to proven experimental skills the candidate should ideally have experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. Experience with materials characterisation and electrochemical measurements is highly desirable, as is experience of in-situ or in-operando characterisation. Experience in handling collaborations within EU projects, including reporting and attendance to project meetings is also essential. The candidate will also have the ability to continually update knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development, as well as experience of managing own workload.

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

Salary range: Research Assistant - 25,728 - 30,688. Research Associate - 31,604 - 38,833.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance within the UK-funded Faraday Institute.

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.

Ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter 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.

If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact 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 MA14920 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. Please specify which project you would like to work on in your application.

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.

Closing date 10 April 2018

Further information

Apply online

5. Cambridge Graphene Centre Administrator.

A position exists for a Cambridge Graphene Centre Administrator to work in the Cambridge Graphene Centre.

The Mission of the Cambridge Graphene Centre 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 are seeking an administrator to join the team of staff to ensure the delivery of Centre's operational needs. The successful applicant will be responsible for:

  • All aspects of financial management

  • Providing a wide range of administrative services;

  • Dealing with HR related matters for research staff, including organising interviews, filling interview reports, dealing with visa matters, organizing probation meetings, etc.;

  • Co-ordinating and planning all the CGC meetings, workshops and seminars and taking the role of convenor and minute secretary, arranging and updating webpages, etc.;

The role-holder will play a crucial part in the development and implementation of processes and procedures for the financial management and coordination of tens of concurrent projects and sub projects with an overall budget of tens of millions of pounds (but with individual budgets ranging from a few k to a few M, and a variety of different financial and reporting rules), plus in-kind and other contributions from research and industrial partners. An essential task is to ensure full expenditure and reporting in each grant, according to the funding body rules, as well as monitoring of current expenditure, including all stipends, and budgeting of future expenditure. The post-holder will act as the key point of contact and fielding for all communications relating to the CGC financial and administrative activity, ensuring a timely response to all requests arriving to the centre and compliance with tight deadlines.

The successful applicant will be educated to at least degree level, have a proven track-record in building effective relationships with funders. Hands-on experience of budgeting, grant applications and other administrative tasks in a research-led environment is mandatory, including the use of finance reporting tools, such as X5, EMDESK, and others. Experience of working as part of a (ideally senior) administrative team with budgetary responsibility and accountability for group and individual performance is highly desirable..

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

Salary range: 29,799-38,833.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years 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.

Ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter 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.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering (hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk, 01223332615) or Dr Luigi Occhipinti (technology@graphene.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference NM15103 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.

Closing date 9 April 2018

Further information

Apply online

6. Cambridge Graphene Centre Finance Assistant

We wish to recruit a Finance Assistant to join the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) administration team. The CGC's mission is to investigate the science and technology of graphene and related materials. 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.

Your key responsibilities will be: preparing or overseeing the preparation of project budgets using X5, JeS, EMDESK; creation and maintenance of the CGC/CDT finance records; financial tracking and reporting in collaboration with the University Research Operations Office, and the Departmental Finance Office, as well as external funding bodies; weekly budget and expenditure forecast, in terms of personnel, consumables, equipment, travel and any other expenditure category; management and invoicing for the Small Research Facility for the CGC facilities and for the Royce Laboratories located in the CGC labs; tracking of access to the CGC facilities, and invoices to various users; tracking of expenditure and budgets; providing administrative support and covering leave periods for other CGC office staff, as required; purchasing all equipment and consumables for the CGC, and record keeping for such purchases. Weekly updating and maintenance of the CGC and CDT web pages.

The successful candidate will be educated to at least A level standard plus GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English. Also required is a good knowledge and understanding of financial procedures; the ability to use HTML; the ability to use excel to produce pivot tables and make calculations involving large amounts of data; the ability to create and use databases e.g. Microsoft Access, also to use Microsoft word, Power point, and Outlook, or equivalent systems.

You should also have experience in understanding, interpreting, designing and implementing administrative processes, ideally with experience of the University of Cambridge administrative and financial systems (or equivalent experience elsewhere); knowledge of the University's CUFS system, or similar; experience of grant applications including the use of a grant costing tool e.g. X5. Experience in reporting and accounting for EU grants, including Form C, audit processes, etc.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 11 April 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering (hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk, 01223 332615). Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Luigi Occhipinti (technology@graphene.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference NM15127 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

7. (7) Cambridge Graphene Centre Process Technician (Fixed Term).

We wish to recruit a Process Technician to join the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) team. 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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Salary range: 25,728-29,799.

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.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 23 May 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering (hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk, 01223 332615). Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Andrea C. Ferrari (acf26@eng.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference NM15354 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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