Research Associate in Nanoscale Thermal Transport - Lancaster University, United Kingdom

The Nanoscale Microscopy Group at Physics Department, University of Lancaster is seeking an enthusiastic and creative scientist to work on large international project on Nanoscale Thermal Metrology. The project explores the fundamental mechanisms of Nanoscale Heat Transport in materials and nanoscale devices using advanced Scanning Thermal Microscopy as a part of the large European FP7 QUANTIHEAT research consortium While the control of nanoscale heat flow is central to modern technology and of particular importance to the semiconductor industry, advanced materials such as graphene and other two-dimensional materials, and nanoscale devices, there are currently no effective tools for quantitative thermal measurements on the nanoscale. This project, a collaboration of 19 leading European partners from both academia and industry, will use experimental and computational techniques to explore the physical processes of nanoscale thermal probes interaction with samples, ultimately providing the quantitative measurement of nanoscale thermal parameters, such as thermal conductivity, diffusivity, and temperature.

You will be using and co-developing cutting edge tools for thermally sensitive scanning probe microscopy. The research will involve the exploration of the physical mechanisms involved, The interpretation of the phenomena observed, the measurement of scientific and industrial samples and the processing of data. You will also participate in leading some of the key tasks of the QUANTIHEAT project, guiding work of other members and reporting the results on behalf of all consortium.

You must have at least a PhD in Physics, Nanotechnology, Material Science or a closely related subject. You should have demonstrated strong relevant experience as an experimental physicist, able to perform precise, high sensitivity measurements of the properties of physical systems, preferably in application to nanostructures. Specialist expertise in advanced scanning probe microscopy and/or thermal nanoscale measurements will be a strong advantage. Experience in computer – experiment interfacing and multidimensional data processing and data mining would also be an advantage. You should be a good communicator and show a proven record in leading research publications in the high impact journals. You are expected to be able to work successfully as part of a team and have good inter-personal skills.

The Lancaster group researchers has already made significant contributions to the nanoscale probing of physical properties, including pioneering nano-manipulation of ferroelectric domains, and inventing ultrasonic force microscopy for material sensitive surface- and sub-surface imaging, thermal diffusivity mapping of nanostructures using picosecond laser acoustics and a novel photo-thermal micro-spectroscopy technique for identifying adult stem cells.

Lancaster University’s Physics Department is one of the top in the UK for research. REF2014 ranked us 2nd in the UK for the number of research outputs judged to be of internationally leading (4 star) quality, with 28% of our publications in this top bracket. It conducts world-leading research in nanoelectronics and photonics; quantum turbulence and condensed-matter cosmological analogues; non-linear dynamics; curvature and density perturbations in the early universe; B-physics and QCD.

Lancaster University Physics Department is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

This is a fixed term appointment for 23 months.

Applicants may find some helpful information on local amenities here:

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Oleg Kolosov (

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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Salary: £26,537 to £30,738
Closing Date: Sunday 06 December 2015
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: A1399

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