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Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Superconducting Materials and Devices

Grade 7: £30,434 – £37,394 pa  (24 months)

  We seek a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on Superconducting Materials and  Devices to join the Oxford Centre for Applied Superconductivity ( The position is primarily to work on the development of superconducting materials and devices, including design, fabrication and characterization of their superconducting properties on a variety of materials and geometries as well as using external tuning parameters for future applications in superconducting technologies. The project will be associated with the Oxford Centre for Applied Superconductivity and connected to the local industries interested in practical application of superconductivity. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the scientific activity on superconductivity within the Oxford Quantum Materials group in Oxford. The successful candidate will benefit from being part of a strong community of researchers working on superconducting device at Oxford, and will be expected to play a team role, working closely with graduate students and other PDRAs. The project may involve liaising with industrial contacts on potential testing and development of superconducting materials for their implementation and commercialisation. Candidates are expected to demonstrate  knowledge of experimental condensed matter physics, low temperature physics and fundamental and application of superconductivity. Experience of setting up cryogenic apparatus for measurement,  cleanroom device fabrication and testing of superconducting materials and devices will be an advantage.     

  Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply, please visit (vacancy reference 124456. Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Monday 26 September 2016 can be considered. You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.  Informal inquiries about the post should be directed to Dr Amalia Coldea (


Postgraduate research projects currently available

Department of Materials

Superconducting thin films for quantum devices
S.C. Speller  and C.R.M. Grovenor

Persistent mode joints in high temperature superconducting materials
S.C. Speller and  C.R.M. Grovenor

Radiation damage in superconducting materials
S.C. Speller  and C.R.M. Grovenor

A full list of D.Phil. projects currently available in the Department of Materials can be found here.

Department of Physics

Characterization of novel superconducting materials for practical applications
A. I. Coldea and Stephen Blundell

Details for applying for a DPhil in Oxford can be found here and a full list of DPhil projects in Condensed Matter Physics can be found here.