Postdoctoral Researcher and Postgraduate Studentship in Nanoscience
University of Leicester - Department of Chemistry

48-month contract for the postdoctoral researcher
Grade 7: Salary £28,983 - £34,607 p.a.

42-month contract for the Postgraduate student
Standard stipend of UK/EU rates, tuition fee covered at the UK/EU rates

Applications are invited to join in the Spectroscopy and Dynamics Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Leicester, and to work on a new research programme on Nanoscience funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). The successful applicant will focus on the synthesis and characterization of core-shell and/or core-multiple shell nanoparticles, which are to be fabricated using superfluid helium droplets. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to participate the initial design and construction of experimental apparatus, routinely run the experiments to synthesize core-shell nanoparticles and investigate the properties of the nanoparticles using microscopy (STM and TEM) and synchrotron measurement. He/she will also participate in supervision of Postgraduate and/or Master Students.

This project will involve in design and construction of a complicated UHV system, synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles, operation of advanced instruments such as helium droplet source, mass spectrometer and microscopes, etc. Therefore the successful candidates will be facilitated with a wide range of skills during the lifetime of the research programme, and put themselves in the forefront of Nanoscience in the future.

Highly talented and motivated researchers with previous experience in related fields are very desirable. Applicants for the postdoctoral post must hold a Postgraduate in the related fields such as physics, chemistry, material science or nanoscience, and have a good publication record. Special experience in instrumentation, molecular beam, growth of nanoparticles, helium droplets, mass spectrometry, UHV system, microscopy and other characterization techniques for nanoparticles are desirable, but not essential.

General information on the group's research interests can be found at the following:

To apply please include a letter of application explaining their suitability for the position, a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact details of three referees (one of whom must be the current or most recent employer) to Dr. Shengfu Yang, Department of Chemistry, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK (email:

Starting date:
Postdoctoral researcher: 1st January, 2011
Postgraduate student: Autumn 2011

Deadline for applications: 31th October 2010

Dr. Shengfu YANG
Department of Chemistry
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH
Tel: +44-116 252 2127
Fax: +44-116 252 3789
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