Research Fellow in the Crystallography of Multiferroic Materials

Страна: Великобритания;

Дедлайн: 31.03.2019

Тип гранта: На научные исследования;


Область наук: Физико-математические; Химические; Технические;


Vacancy Overview
Fixed Term, Full-Time Contract for 36 months 
36.5 hours per week (100% FTE) 
Start Date: 1 September 2019, could be brought forward. 

You will carry out crystallographic work within the Senn Group focused on gaining a fundamental understanding of the microscopic mechanisms that can lead to ferroelectricity and the magnetoelectric effect. You will use lab and central facility based powder and single crystal diffraction techniques to evaluate microscopic atomic as well as spin orderings in novel materials synthesised within the group and by project partners. 

You will be responsible for leading on the crystallographic analysis of the data collected during these experiments. Working with the team leader and theoretical collaborators you will distil these findings to gain physical insight into the multiferroic coupling mechanisms, and then feed this insight back to our synthetic project partners. 

You will have a PhD in Solid State Chemistry, Condensed Matter Physics or Material Science with an emphasis on microscopic structure characterisation. You will have a proven track record in single crystal diffraction methods, including substantial experience of data analysis. 

Prior experience in studying the structure-property relationship in ceramic materials is highly desirable and preference will be given to candidates who have a track record in studying ferroelectrics, multiferroics, magnetic systems and/or orbital ordering. However, applications are also encouraged from those working in the broader field of highly correlated electron systems, on the study of phase transitions in the solid state, or in other areas where crystallographic methods can give substantial insights to the structure-property relationship. 

You will be an excellent communicator capable of working effectively both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers. You will possess excellent planning and time management skills. You will assist in the supervision of research students, in addition to ensuring your own research objectives are achieved effectively. You will prepare monthly presentations and regular written reports detailing your research progress, and will participate in the preparation of research papers. You will present your research results at regular progress meetings involving collaborators, as well as at national and international conferences. 

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£29,515). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,395 pa). 

The University of Warwick and the Department of Chemistry provides a welcoming and inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010. 

We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days' holiday plus Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities. 

For more information please contact Dr Mark Senn - 

Athena SWAN Silver Award 
We are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. Both the Department of Chemistry and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN silver awards, a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme. 

Interview Date: Week Commencing Monday 15th April 
Closing Date: 23:59pm on Sunday 31st March

Job Description
To gain insight into the microscopic mechanisms in ferroelectric and multiferroic materials using crystallographic methods. 

1. To carry out central facility experiments to determine microscopic magnetoelectric and ferroelectric ordering mechanisms, working outside core hours and at weekends where necessary 
2. To lead in the analysis of the crystallographic data and provide regular oral and written reports on the progress. 
3. To identify appropriate follow-on central facility experiments and to lead in the preparation of beam time proposals. 
4. To take responsibility for organising and coordinating trips to central facilities, including assisting in central facility experiments not directly related to the research project. 
5. To communicate findings to project partners and collaborators via written and oral reports 
6. To contribute to the preparation of manuscripts for publication. 
7. To contribute to and assist in the running of weekly group meetings. 
8. To assist in the supervision and training of research students. 
9. To undertake visits to our collaborators specialising in high pressure synthesis and DFT calculations, and to keep them up to date with project developments. 
10. To present results in verbal, written and poster formats within the department, to project partners, and at national and international conferences. 
11. Any other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post, for which the post holder has the necessary experience and/or training.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1 
PhD in Solid State Chemistry, Condensed Matter Physics or Material Science with an emphasis on microscopic structure characterisation or near completion. (a)
Essential Criteria 2 
A track record in research utilising advanced crystallographic methods within field of research. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 3 
Ability to problem solve and apply new experimental techniques and data analysis procedures in innovative ways. (a) (c) (d) 
Essential Criteria 4 
Ability to work across an interdisciplinary team of experimentalists, theorists, physicists and chemists. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 5 
Ability to present results of research to a wide variety of audiences through verbal and written presentations (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 6 
Ability to initiate, plan, implement and deliver programmes of research work to defined deadlines (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 7 
Ability to present results in a written form to publication standard. (a)
Essential Criteria 8 
An ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and administrative colleagues, and with colleagues outside the University to promote collegiality. (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 1 
Experience of working on magnetoelectrics, magnetic or orbitally ordered systems. (a) (c) (d)
Desirable Criteria 2 
Experience of studying phase transitions. (a) (c) (d)
Desirable Criteria 3 
Experience of studying diffuse scattering (a) (c) (d)
Desirable Criteria 4 
Experience of physical property characterisation, including the measurement of dielectric and magnetic properties. (a) (c) (d)

Further Particulars
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars . 
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website . 
This project is funded as part of a 3 year EPSRC grant entitled: "Novel multiferroics perovskites through systematic design" (EP/S027106/1). 

You will work within the Senn group in the Chemistry Department of the Warwick University that is based in the interdisciplinary Materials and Analytical Science building. As well as state of the art laboratory diffraction equipment available to the group through the Research Technology Platform in X-ray diffraction, the group enjoys monthly access to high resolution powder diffraction beamline at Diamond Light Source, as well as regularly securing time at Diamond, ISIS and the ESRF via the standard access routes. 

The Senn group is focused primarily on using crystallographic methods and symmetry analysis to study the structure property-relationship in solid state materials. We have active research projects in the area of ferroelectrics, orbital order, magnetoelectrics, high pressure crystallography, superconductivity, negative thermal expansion materials and the photovoltaic effect. The group currently consists of 4 PhD students and one research fellow and has an active portfolio of grants worth £1.2M. Please visit to find out more. 

A summary of the facilities available to Warwick Chemistry are given in: . . 

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Other Information
The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Closing Date
31 Mar 2019