Research Fellow in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - AR4422SB

As part of an EPSRC-sponsored research programme, we are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to work with the team of investigators, Prof Peter Wahl and Dr Andreas Rost on strain tuning emergent states of matter. The successful applicant will use low temperature Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy with bespoke instrumentation to enable in-situ strain control to characterize the ground state and electronic states in quantum materials under the influence of uniaxial strain. 

We seek outstanding candidates who can contribute across the breadth of the research programme. This advert is for an experimental physicist, ideally with good knowledge of condensed matter physics, and excellent skills in modelling and describing experimental data. 

The role will involve running state-of-the-art equipment for low temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy installed in a dedicated ultra-low vibration facility in St Andrews.  The role holder will perform original experimental research, as well as being involved in day-to-day supervision of students and making contributions to the broader activities of the research groups and grant. 

The project is embedded within the Centre for Designer Quantum Materials (, a collaborative research centre at the University of St Andrews. Housed in purpose-built and recently renovated lab space, this centre provides an active and vibrant research environment. The successful candidate will join the CDQM, and will benefit from its superb resources, including capabilities for molecular-beam epitaxy growth, spectroscopic studies via scanning tunneling microscopy and angle-resolved photoemission, bespoke tools for transport and thermodynamic studies, and an extensive range of materials characterisation capabilities. 

Three additional research fellow positions are currently also available within the CDQM in: developing bespoke instrumentation for in situ scanning probe measurements of thin-film quantum materials (Ref: AR2378SB), thermodynamic and transport studies of designer heterostructures of strongly correlated electron systems (Ref: AR2377SB), and in using photoemission to study the influence of in-situ strain tuning on the electronic structure and quantum many-body interactions in quantum materials (Ref: AR2376SB). 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.

This is a fixed term post for one year.Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof Peter Wahl ( or Dr Andreas Rost (

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:  AR4422SB

Closing Date:  6 August 2020

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

Further Particulars:  AR4422SB FPs.doc

School of Physics and Astronomy
Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum
Start: As soon as possible
Fixed term for one year

Research Fellow in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - AR4422SB