Research Associate/Fellow in Atomic Manipulation and Scanning Probe Microscopy

University of Nottingham Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research Associate/Fellow (Atomic Manipulation and Scanning Probe Microscopy) (fixed term)

Closing Date
Friday, 7th May 2021
Job Type
Physics & Astronomy
£27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

We seek to recruit a highly motivated researcher with a strong track record in atomic resolution scanning probe microscopy for a Research Associate/Fellow position. The post is funded by an EPSRC New Horizons award entitled “A New Spin On Atomic Logic” (grant reference: EP/V049763/1, PI: Prof. Philip Moriarty) and will be based 70% in the Experimental Condensed Matter Physics & Nanoscience (ECMN) Group in Physics & Astronomy (UoN) and 30% in Prof. Lev. Kantorovich’s condensed matter theory group at King’s College London. The project also involves collaboration with Prof. Robert Wolkow’s research team at the University of Alberta. Ideally, the successful candidate will have experience of both experimental scanning probe microscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, although this is not essential to be considered for the role.  

The successful candidate will carry out the following duties: 

  • Undertake and lead research focussed on imaging, spectroscopic probing, and manipulation of hydrogen-passivated silicon surfaces; 
  • Prepare first drafts of publications, and present results stemming from the project at major national and international conferences;
  • Co-supervise PhD and final year undergraduate projects;
  • Contribute to public engagement and outreach activities, as appropriate.

Candidates must: 

  • Hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in atomic resolution scanning probe microscopy
  • Have a background in ultrahigh vacuum-based atomic resolution scanning probe microscopy
  • Have strong organisational, communication, and team-working skills
  • Be able to start on August 1 2021. 

This is a fixed-term post until 30 July 2023. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week), however job share and other flexible working arrangements may be considered. 

The School of Physics & Astronomy values diversity, is committed to equality of opportunity, and holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing women's careers in science

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Philip Moriarty ( and/or Prof. Lev Kantorovich ( ). Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

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