Postdoc in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN , Ireland 2015

Prof Valeria Nicolosi is looking for a postdoctoral research assistant with significant practical experience in in-situ TEM and aberration corrected STEM. You will be responsible for the in-situ TEM (liquid-cell, heating, etc) and the structural characterisation of exfoliated 2Dnano-sheets.

The Candidate will be based at the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory in the CRANN Institute, Trinity College Dublin. The centre centralises cutting-edge microscopy activities in Ireland. Key instruments to this project are an FEI Titan300 (equipped with an EELS and EDS spectrometers and a range of in-situ TEM holders such as a Hummingbird liquid-biasing holder and a DENNS heating holder) and a NION UltraSTEM200. Applicants should have a PhD (by the start date) in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related discipline. As well as experience in in-situ microscopy, HRTEM/STEM and EELS. You should be well-organised and self-motivated with excellent oral and communication skills, plus a strong publication record in internationally peer-reviewed journals.

Background to the Post Professor Nicolosi leads the Characterisation & Processing of Advanced Materials Group ( within the School of Chemistry and the School of Physics. The group is devoted to the processing and electron microscopy structural characterization of low-dimensional nanostructures. Dispersability, processability and manipulation of these objects are important objectives of the group. In the group particular attention is given to the study of the material atomic structures to better understand their fundamental physical and chemical properties.

The group works on a range of low-dimensional nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, inorganic nanowires, graphene and other inorganic two-dimensional nano-sheets. Standard duties and Responsibilities of the Post The post holder will be responsible for the structural characterization of exfoliated 2D nano-sheets by aberration-corrected STEM and in-situ TEM, and the investigation of their electronic structure by EELS and DFT simulations.

Key to this project will be the close collaboration within the team (especially with regard to nanomaterials processing and device fabrication) in order to provide feedback on the material chemical and physical properties. He/she will be expected to take on the day-to-day running of this part of the research programme under the supervision/direction of Prof. Nicolosi.

The core tasks are as follows:

  1. In-situ TEM characterisation of 2D sheets and devices made by 2D nanomaterials
  2. Determining the crystallographic structure of the nanosheets by aberrationcorrected HRTEM and ADF STEM
  3. Electronic structure characterisation by EELS spectroscopy
  4. Writing papers and giving presentations on the research conducted.
  5. Helping with the day to day running of the research group, training and supervising students, procuring orders.
  6. Liaising with collaborators at the SuperSTEM Facility, the University of Oxford to ensure timely transfer of samples and data to and from testing facilities.

Funding Funding for this post is provided by a collaborative industrial programme under the SFI funded Advanced Materials and Bio Engineering Research Centre (AMBER).

Post Title: Research Fellow-AMBER/CRANN/School of
Post Status: Fixed Term (full-time); 2 years renewable
Research Group/Department/School: AMBER/CRANN/School of Chemistry
Location: Advance Microscopy Laboratory, Trinity College
Reports to: Professor Valeria Nicolosi, Principal Investigator.
Salary: Appointment will be made on the appropriate
point of the IUA Researcher salary scale
in line with government pay policy i.e. €37,750
■ €42,394 gross per annum
Closing Date and Time: 12 Noon on Friday 18th of December

A PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline. (Essential). Qualifications (Essential)

  1. Applicants should have (by the start date) a doctorate in, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related discipline.
  2. Significant practical experience and proven ability in: (i) HRTEM (ii) STEM and (iii) in-situ techniques (iv) aberration corrected STEM
  3. Evident good knowledge of the physics behind all of the above described fields.
  4. Well-organised and self-motivated with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, to identify research objectives and to carry out appropriate research activities within a given timescale.
  5. Excellent oral and communication skills, including the proven ability to write in English at a suitable standard for the preparation of written reports, publications and presentations of the work at generalist and specialist levels, including discussions with engineers and scientists in different fields.
  6. A strong publication record in internationally peer-reviewed journals commensurate with the stage of career. 7. Willingness to travel to collaborators across Europe and to conferences to disseminate results.

Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable).

  1. A strong publication record in internationally peer-reviewed journals
  2. Experience of working with collaborators.
  3. Experience in the training and supervision of junior researchers. Further Information for Candidates For additional details on these research positions please contact: Jesus Barco Montero CRANN Trinity College Dublin Candidates should submit a cover letter together with a full curriculum vitae to include the names and contact details of 3 referees (email addresses if possible) to: Name: Mr. Jesus Barco Montero Title: Research Assistant Email Address: Contact Telephone Number: +353 1 896 3031


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