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Research Associate/Fellow (fixed term)

Physics & Astronomy, University Park

Location:  University Park
Salary:  £29,762 to £36,333 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £33348 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Closing Date:  Wednesday 07 June 2023
Reference:  SCI193223

Applications are invited for an ambitious Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow to work on the development of new optical memristor devices. Memristor (or resistive memory) is a form of non-volatile memory that is seen as a potential candidate for the replacement of Flash and SDRAM memory. However, it is their ability to emulate the memory and learning properties of biological synapses and their potential to produce a new generation of ultra-high performance artificial intelligent devices that has ignited researchers’ interest in these remarkable devices. The aim of this position is to explore and develop new types of memristors that can be switched both optically and electronically, therefore opening the route to new applications in computer vision.

The position will be based in the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Nottingham which has a thriving research culture of both experimental and theoretical groups across a broad spectrum of physics topics including condensed matter physics and nanoscience. Academics within the department are highly regarded for their excellence in research and teaching. They have a history of securing funding from research council sources and working with industry on a wide range of national and international projects.

The researcher will be positioned within the Kemp Nano Electronics group (, which is focussed on investigating new phenomena in nanophysics and electronics for real-word device applications. Our areas of interest include optically tuneable memristors for photonic computing and new artificial intelligence technologies, molecular spintronics and nanoscale engineering of novel device structures for plasmonics and biosensor applications. This group is part of the Experimental Condensed Matter and Nanoscience research grouping.

You will have a PhD (or nearing completion) in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science or Electrical Engineering and will have experience in making nanoparticles under high vacuum conditions using cluster deposition sources. You will also have experience in characterising nanoparticles using TEM microscopy methods. You should be familiar with vacuum systems and have experience in their design and further development. Knowledge of cleanroom methods, device fabrication and electronic and optical characterization techniques is advantageous.  

The post is offered on a full time (36.25 hours per week), fixed term contract until 31 March 2025. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

As part of our commitment to improving equality, diversity and inclusion within the school, shortlisted candidates will be given the opportunity to talk to a member of staff representing women, BAME, LGBTQIA+ or disabilities communities. This will be separate to the assessment process and will play no role in the decision to appoint.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Neil Kemp (email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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