Research Associate in Investigating Liquid Crystalline Elastomers and their Mechanical Actuation

University of Cambridge Department of Physics

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position investigating liquid crystalline elastomers and their mechanical actuation at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge). The aim of project is to develop new devices that change shape or produce mechanical work on thermal and photo-actuating applications.

The successful candidate will join the BSS research group, working with Professor Eugene M. Terentjev ( We are looking for an experienced physicist/device engineer with a PhD in Physics, Materials Science or Engineering to lead the laboratory effort designing and constructing the new devices utilising mechanical actuation. Experience in liquid-crystalline elastomers, and/or micro-mechanical device engineering is a significant bonus.

Key duties and responsibilities expected from the successful candidate will include, but not be limited to, conducting individual and collaborative projects, assisting in the supervision of student projects, building internal and external contacts and planning the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate. For further information regarding duties and responsibilities of this role please see the Further Particulars.

The work will be funded by the ERC Advanced grant 786659: "Active Polymers for Renewable Functional Actuators". The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible after June 2021.

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Informal enquiries should be addressed quoting reference KA25933 via email to Professor Terentjev (

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