Research Fellow in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - AR2377SB

As part of an EPSRC sponsored 5 year research program we are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to work on aspects of thermodynamic and transport properties of designer heterostructures of quantum materials / strongly correlated electron systems. 

The research is embedded in the wider drive within the Condensed Matter Physics group at the School of Physics and Astronomy to explore novel phenomena in strongly correlated electron systems by exploiting the possibilities of thin film growth techniques as part of the centre for Designer Quantum Materials. This effort comprises a new centre for MBE growth of transition metal oxides and dichalcogenides, groups specialising in spectroscopic studies (STM and ARPES) and neutron scattering as well as theory groups with established collaborations with the universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, London and Oxford, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Diamond, Max Planck Institutes for Solid State Research (Stuttgart, Germany) and Chemical Physics of Solids (Dresden, Germany) as well as Cornell University (USA). 

The project will involve the design and implementation of bespoke experimental apparatus based on microfabricated structures suitable for extreme conditions (low temperatures, high magnetic fields). The scientific focus of the research program will be on phenomena related to superconductivity, topologically nontrivial band structures and magnetic phases in low dimensional systems. 

You must have a PhD in experimental physics at the time of the start date, an excellent knowledge of solid state physics, and ideally direct experience with the development of non-commercial research apparatus for high precision measurements and/or on sub-K low temperature experiments.

The post is initially for 12 months with possible extension of up to 2 years.

Three additional research fellow positions are currently also available within the CDQM in: spectroscopic stidies of strain-tuned quantum materials by STM (Ref: AR4422SB) and ARPES (Ref: AR2376SB), as well as developing bespoke instrumentation for in situ scanning probe measurements of thin-film quantum materials (Ref: AR2378SB). If you would be interested in applying for multiple of these positions, please mention this in your cover letter indicating an order of preference. It is not necessary to submit multiple applications.

Informal enquiries can be made (NOT full applications) to: Dr Andreas W Rost, Email: / Tel: +44 (0)1334 463215.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic (BAME) community and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in Research posts at the University.

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall).  More details can be found at

Please quote ref:  AR2377SB

Closing Date:  6 August 2020

Interview Date:  Week commencing 17 August 2020 (via Skype)

Further Particulars:  AR2377SB FPs.doc

School of Physics and Astronomy
Salary: £33,797 - £36,914 per annum
Start: As soon as possible
Fixed term for 12 months in the first instance

Research Fellow in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - AR2377SB