UK: Postdoctoral Research Assistant Department of Physics at University of York

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Salary Range: £29,541 – £36,298 per annum.

Post available for 24 months.

Ref: 3191

Description: The York JEOL Nanocentre at the University of York has available, initially for a period of two years with the possibility of extension for a further year, a PDRA post supported by EPSRC critical mass grant ‘Development and Applications of Aberration Corrected Environmental STEM (AC ESTEM) for Dynamic In-Situ Reaction Studies of Nanoparticle Catalysts’. This uses the JEOL 2200 double aberration corrected TEM/STEM modified at York for dynamic in-situ reaction studies of solid-state heterogeneous catalysts and related nanoparticle systems, with 0.1nm resolution, single atom sensitivity and a full set of analytical methods, under controlled specimen conditions of elevated temperature and gas environment.

The post is required to develop and to apply nano-beam diffraction methods in AC E(S)TEM catalysis studies. Some of the work is with industry and there will be opportunities for academic collaborations using the new world leading capability. It is expected the successful candidate will have, or is expected soon to obtain, a PhD degree in a relevant application domain science area and to have experience of aberration corrected electron microscopy, ideally including in-situ studies, and related calculation methods, and of catalysis chemistry.

Informal enquiries: about this post may be addressed to Professor Edward Boyes ( or Professor Pratibha Gai (

To Apply: The University of York is committed to promoting equality and diversity. The Department of Physics has programmes in place to promote equality of opportunity including institutional Athena Swan Bronze and departmental Juno Practitioner awards.
Alternatively contact HR Services on 01904 324835 quoting reference number 3191.

Closing date: Midnight on Wednesday 25 September 2013.

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