Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.
Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to join the group led by Dr Silvia Vignolini in the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis to investigate the use of cellulose as a photonic material. This position is available from 1 February 2014.
Project description: The assembly cellulose-based composite will be studied in the presence of electric and magnetic fields using microscopy tools in order to fabricate sustainable photonic devices and understand the hierarchical problem of biomaterials assembly. It will also address fundamental questions about the biological significance and assembly mechanisms in cellulose-based natural photonic structures.
Applicants should have a PhD in soft matter physics with a background in self-assembly and self-organisation phenomena occurring with organic and inorganic nanoparticles in the presence of dynamic electric and magnetic fields. Applicants should be familiar with techniques to study transient anisotropy via SAXR/SANS or SQUID and are required to have strong theoretical and programming skills. The successful candidate will be expected to master experimental techniques such as dynamic and static light scattering, transient electric and magnetic birefringence, AFM and Optical Microscopy.
For further information/informal enquiries, please contact Dr Silvia Vignolini (email: email@example.com).
Applications should include a CV and covering letter, publications list, contact details for two professional referees, a completed form CHRIS/6 Parts I and III (downloadable from http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/chris6) and should be sent to Glenda Harden, Melville Secretary, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please quote reference MA02109 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
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