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Cambridge Graphene Centre

Research Centre on Graphene, Layered Crystals and Hybrid Nanomaterials
 

(1) PhD Positions

(2) EPSRC DTP Studentship - Saturable absorbers based on graphene and related materials and dual-wavelength self-synchronized fiber laser sources for coherent Raman microscopy

(3) QAMSS SRI Coordinator and Business Developer

(4) Research Associate in Integrated Photonics of Graphene & Related Materials (Fixed Term)

(5) Research Associate in (Opto)-Electronic Devices Based on Graphene, Related Materials and Hetero Structures (Fixed Term) x2

(6) Cleanroom Process Technician - Cambridge Graphene Centre

(7) Cambridge Graphene Centre Finance Coordinator (Fixed Term) 

(8) Cambridge Graphene Centre Administrator (Fixed Term)

(9) Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) Executive Assistant (Fixed Term) 

 


(1) PhD Positions

PhD positions are available every year. Prospective candidates are invited to send the CV and two reference letters directly to Prof. A. C. Ferrari (acf26@eng.cam.ac.uk)

Prof. Tawfique Hasan (th270@cam.ac.uk) and Dr Luigi Occhipinti (lgo23@cam.ac.uk) also accept new PhD students. Prospective candidates are invited to contact them directly with their CV, publications list and two reference letters.

Please note most fully funded scholarships are applicable only to EU students. Non-EU students must secure additional independent funding to meet the University overseas requirements.

We especially look for candidates with top class degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Nanotechnology.

For general information on the PhD application to Cambridge please see

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/admissions/


(2) EPSRC DTP Studentship - Saturable absorbers based on graphene and related materials and dual-wavelength self-synchronized fiber laser sources for coherent Raman microscopy

The mission of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) is to investigate the science and technology of graphene and related materials. This engineering innovation centre allows our partners to meet, and effectively establish joint industrial-academic activities to promote innovative and adventurous research with an emphasis on applications.

We are looking for candidates to work on development of graphene and related materials to be used as saturable absorbers (GSAs) for ultrafast mode-locked lasers. The GSAs will be used to passively mode-lock and synchronize two fiber-laser cavities sharing a common arm to realize turn-key, compact laser sources, as needed for coherent Raman microscopy, where compactness, ease of use and speed are key. These will be used in medical histopathology, where coherent Raman yields chemically sensitive information on tumour tissues, providing decision support to clinicians.

The ideal candidate should have experience in nonlinear and ultrafast optics, with a particular emphasis on mode-locked lasers and fiber lasers. The candidate will work closely with Cambridge Raman Imaging Ltd. Its mission is to provide clinically actionable knowledge of disease processes, diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic response from cell and tissue samples using quantitative and spatially resolved spectroscopic analysis to identify and characterise tumours with high sensitivity, specificity and staging.

The successful candidate will have a first class degree in Engineering, Nanotechnology, Applied Physics or Material Science.

The EPSRC DTP studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible UK students. EU and international students may be considered for a small number of awards at the UK rate. Full eligibility criteria can be found via the following link; https://www.ukri.org/councils/esrc/career-and-skills-development/funding-for-postgraduate-training/eligibility-for-studentship-funding/

Applications should be submitted via the University of Cambridge Applicant Portal www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegpdpeg, with Professor Andrea C. Ferrari identified as the potential supervisor. Please note there is a £75 application fee.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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(3) QAMSS SRI Coordinator and Business Developer

The Quantum and Advanced Materials technologies for a Sustainable Society (QAMSS) Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) brings together Cambridge minds to facilitate collaboration across disciplines, improve Cambridge visibility, and coordinate large strategic grants. QAMSS facilitates collaborations via working group members representing complementary activities. Examples include: Interdisciplinary Research Centres (Cambridge Centre for Data Driven-Discovery, Energy, Neurosciences, Synthetic Biology); Strategic Research Initiatives (Global Challenges, Trust in Technology); Strategic Research Networks (Digital Humanities); and Cross-School Initiatives (Cambridge Digital Humanities, Cambridge Zero, Centre for Digital Built Britain). These are distinctive in supporting a sustainable society.

The QAMSS-SRI Coordinator and Business Developer reports to, and supports, the SRI Co-Chairs (Professors Atature, Ferrari and Gibson, based at the Departments of Physics and Engineering) and the QAMSS Steering Committee to develop the ongoing strategy for the initiative and manages the SRI team to implement and deliver the required activities. The role-holder actively grows and manages relations with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the mutually agreed aims are met. A key element of the role is to communicate business needs and market drivers from industry. This includes business development work for the Graphene Flagship and the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC), accounting for 50% of the time.

Based in West Cambridge, the SRI coordinator will be expected to spend part of their time in the departments and centers supporting the SRI initiative and organize inclusive activities and meetings using their local facilities. The SRI Chairs and Steering Committee members will ensure office and meeting spaces are available for the SRI Coordinator to use.

The successful applicant will hold a degree level qualification in a scientific or technical subject relevant to the role's remit, at PhD Level or equivalent. Significant experience in dealing with new product and/or process development for industry is required, as well as previous exposure to company dynamics and the capability to bridge the gap between research and business goals. Knowledge of the patenting process, licensing or other aspects of technology transfer and experience in new business development and setting B2B or academic-industry collaborations is needed. Excellent communication and IT skills are essential, including the ability to produce and update webpages. Knowledge of IP management criteria and experience in negotiation and handling collaborations and reporting within UK and EU projects is highly desirable.

The QAMSS SRI and CGC actively promote policies to address historic under-representation of women and minority groups in the Cambridge workforce. The departments of Physics and Engineering are proud to hold Athena-SWAN Gold and Silver Awards, respectively, for our work on equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I). Applicants from under-represented groups, as well as candidates with a track record in addressing ED&I issues in research and education, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application.

The closing date for applications is Monday 31 July 2022. If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Professor Andrea Ferrari (acf26@cam.ac.uk), Professor Val Gibson (gibson@hep.phy.cam.ac.uk) or Professor Mete Atature (ma424@cam.ac.uk) For any questions on the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering (hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk, +44 (0)1223 332615).

Please quote reference NM30534 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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(4) Research Associate in Integrated Photonics of Graphene & Related Materials (Fixed Term)

A position exists for a Research Associate in Integrated Photonics of Graphene and Related Materials.

The aim is to develop a new class of integrated photonic and optoelectronic devices based graphene and related materials (GRMs), combining the versatile properties of GRMs with conventional three-dimensional semiconductors. Such devices will then be used in a wide range of applications such as on-chip optical routing, flexible optoelectronics, light emission, optical sensing and quantum communications. This is an ambitious research program, with a strong interdisciplinary nature, across photonics, plasmonics, device physics, electrical engineering and nanotechnology, and it will require the realization of novel devices for a wide range of applications such as photodetectors, optical modulators, optical amplifiers, lasers, biosensors etc. based on integrated GRMs.

The successful candidate will hold (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Applied Physics, Material Science, Nanotechnology or Electrical Engineering with a proven track record in photonics, optoelectronics in graphene and related materials, physics of low dimensional systems, plasmonics, near-field optics, CMOS technology and nanofabrication including, e-beam lithography and laser writing, on-chip optical and electrical characterizations, pump-probe and fast electro-optical measurements. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven track record in silicon photonics, fabrication and optoelectronic characterization of graphene, related layered materials or other nanoscale photonic devices, as demonstrated by publications in major journals. A solid understanding of device physics, the physics of graphene and related materials is required.

The role holder would possess sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to develop research objectives, projects and proposals. The candidate will also have the ability continually update knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development; and have experience of managing own workload. The candidate would possess sufficient administrative skills to manage EU project/s including financial management, experience in handing collaborations within EU projects, including reporting and attendance to project meetings.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. 

Salary Ranges:  £33,309 - £40,927

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Upload your CV and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload additional documents not requested, they will not be considered as part of your application. Submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

For questions of a technical nature about this vacancy, contact Professor Andrea C Ferrari (acf26@cam.ac.uk). For questions about the application process, contact Cambridge Graphene Centre Administrator (admin@graphene.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference NM31402 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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(5) Research Associate in (Opto)-Electronic Devices Based on Graphene, Related Materials and Hetero Structures (Fixed Term) x2

Two positions exist for Research Associates in (Opto)-Electronic Devices Based on Graphene, Related Materials and Hetero Structures.

The aim is to develop a new class of integrated photonic and optoelectronic devices based on layered materials, their heterostructures and hybrid platforms, combining the versatile properties of layered materials with conventional 3d semiconductors. These devices will then be used in a wide range of applications, such as on-chip optical routing, flexible optoelectronics, light emission and optical sensing. This is an ambitious research program, with a strong interdisciplinary nature, across photonics, plasmonics, device physics, electrical engineering and nanotechnology, and it will require the realization of novel devices for wide range of applications such as photodetectors, optical modulators, optical amplifiers, lasers, biosensors etc. based on integrated layered materials and hetero-structures.

The successful candidate will already hold a PhD in Photonics, Physics, Material Science, Nanotechnology or Electrical Engineering with a proven track record in photonics, optoelectronics of low dimensional systems, plasmonics, near-field optics, CMOS technology and nanofabrication, including on-chip optical and electrical characterizations, pump-probe techniques and fast electro-optical measurements. Preference will be given to candidates with proven track record in silicon photonics, fabrication and optoelectronic characterization of graphene, related layered materials or other nanoscale photonic devices, as demonstrated by publications in major journals. A solid understanding of device physics and the physics of graphene and related materials is required.

Experience in handing collaborations within EU projects, including reporting and attendance to project meetings is also essential. The candidate will also have the ability continually update knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development; have experience of managing own workload.

Salary Ranges: Research Associate: £33,309 - £40,927

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), publications list and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we may not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions of a technical nature related to the role please contact Prof Andrea Ferrari (acf26@cam.ac.uk) and for queries about the application process, please contact admin@graphene.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference NM31494 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information


(6) Cleanroom Process Technician - Cambridge Graphene Centre (Fixed Term)

The mission of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) is to investigate the science and technology of graphene and related materials. The Cambridge Graphene Centre also hosts the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), in Graphene Technology. The CGC Operations team, managed by the CGC Deputy Director and COO, includes the CGC facilities management and support staff.

As part of the CGC facilities management and support staff, the Cleanroom Process Technician will be responsible for control over the handling and use of processing equipment. They will assist the CGC Principal Technician, Laboratory Manager and the CGC Facilities Manager to undertake all higher risk activities, such as modifications to the gas handling system and resupply, which is particularly important when the hazard presented is acute. They will also assist with the building operations, including close monitoring of temperature, water supply, solar energy generation and AV facilities. They will be responsible for storing and cataloguing of equipment, PCs and laptops, as well as desks and chairs and their deployment to the seminar, tutorial, boardrooms and atriums according to the users' needs. They will be tasked with processing graphene and related materials using various clean room based equipment, in order to maintain a steady production of materials for the CGC and its industrial and academic partners. This will require following precise procedures developed by the CGC researchers. They will train staff and students on a variety of procedures and processes used in the CGC facilities.

They will update the CGC, NMS and CDT web pages and the SRF Booking Web interface with all available facilities, including brief descriptions and pictures, as well as be responsible for purchasing any item required for the running of the CGC and CDT. They will maintain and update a database of all purchases to ensure easy accounting and traceability.

Applicants should have a level standard of education / qualification equitable to HNC/HND, level 4/5 vocational qualification, or have a time-served apprenticeship or an equivalent level of practical experience of micro and nanofabrication of devices in a cleanroom environment. The successful candidate will have knowledge of the relevant regulations and practice for working in a microfabrication clean facility and specialist knowledge of microfabrication processes.

They will have excellent communication skills to enable explanation of and instruction in technical issues and processes to staff and students at all levels and experience in clean room processes. Experience in handling chemicals, gasses and clean room processing equipment is necessary.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering (hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk, +44 (0)1223 332615).

Please quote reference NM32861 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information


(7) Cambridge Graphene Centre Finance Coordinator (Fixed Term)

The mission of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) is to investigate the science and technology of graphene and related materials. This engineering innovation centre allows partners to meet, and effectively establish joint industrial-academic activities to promote innovative and adventurous research with an emphasis on applications. The CGC also hosts the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Graphene Technology. This aims to develop people able to stimulate the sustainability of engineering research and commercialisation of graphene and related materials across a variety of sectors.

The CGC is a very busy and dynamic environment and we are seeking a Finance Coordinator to join the team based in West Cambridge. The Finance Coordinator will be responsible for the smooth running of the finance function and overall administration within the CGC. Key responsibilities will include preparing or overseeing the preparation of project budgets using X5, JeS, EMDESK; creation and maintenance of the CGC/CDT finance records; financial tracking and reporting in collaboration with the University Research Operations Office, and the Departmental Finance Office, as well as external funding bodies; weekly budget and expenditure forecast, in terms of personnel, consumables, equipment, travel and any other expenditure category; management and invoicing for the Small Research Facility for the CGC facilities and for the Royce Laboratories located in the CGC labs; tracking of access to the CGC facilities, and invoices to various users; tracking of expenditure and budgets. Providing administrative support and covering leave periods for other CGC office staff, including executive assistant, as required. purchasing all equipment and consumables for the CGC, and record keeping for such purchases. Weekly updating and maintenance of the CGC and CDT web pages. Collection and verification of timesheets for all projects. Production of accurate records of anything required for Audit meetings (Internal, Department, External, EPSRC and EU Level).

The successful candidate will be educated to at least A level standard plus GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English with a financial/accounting AAT (professional diploma). Also required is advanced knowledge and understanding of financial procedures; the ability to use HTML; the ability to use excel to produce pivot tables and make calculations involving large amounts of data; the ability to create and use databases e.g. Microsoft Access, also to use Microsoft word, Power point, and Outlook, or equivalent systems.

You should also have experience in understanding, interpreting, designing and implementing administrative processes, with proven experience of the University of Cambridge administrative and financial systems (or equivalent experience elsewhere); knowledge of the University's CUFS system, or similar; experience of grant applications including the use of a grant costing tool e.g. X5. Experience in reporting and accounting for EU grants, including Form C, audit processes, etc.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office on 01223 332615 or by email on hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Andrea C. Ferrari (acf26@eng.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference NM32742 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information


(8)  Cambridge Graphene Centre Administrator (Fixed Term)

The Mission of the Cambridge Graphene Centre is to investigate the science and technology of graphene and related materials. This engineering innovation centre allows partners to meet and establish joint industrial-academic activities to promote innovative and adventurous research with an emphasis on applications. At present there are around 120 people in the CGC.

The CGC also hosts the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Graphene Technology. The CDT works closely with industry to ensure that successful students are properly equipped to follow careers in both industry and academia.

We are seeking an administrator to join the team of staff to ensure the delivery of Centre's operational needs. The successful applicant will be responsible for: - All aspects of financial management - Providing a wide range of administrative services - Dealing with HR related matters for research staff, including organising interviews, filling interview reports, dealing with visa matters, organizing probation meetings, etc. - Co-ordinating and planning all the CGC meetings, workshops and seminars and taking the role of convenor and minute secretary, arranging and updating webpages, etc.

The role-holder will play a crucial part in the development and implementation of processes and procedures for the financial management and coordination of tens of concurrent projects and sub projects with an overall budget of tens of millions of pounds (but with individual budgets ranging from a few k£ to a few M£, and a variety of different financial and reporting rules), plus in-kind and other contributions from research and industrial partners. An essential task is to ensure full expenditure and reporting in each grant, according to the funding body rules, as well as monitoring of current expenditure, including all stipends, and budgeting of future expenditure. The post-holder will act as the key point of contact and fielding for all communications relating to the CGC financial and administrative activity, ensuring a timely response to all requests arriving to the centre and compliance with tight deadlines.

The successful applicant will be educated to at least degree level, have a proven track-record in building effective relationships with funders. Hands-on experience of budgeting, grant applications and other administrative tasks in a research-led environment is mandatory, including the use of finance reporting tools, such as X5, EMDESK, and others. Experience of working as part of a (ideally senior) administrative team with budgetary responsibility and accountability for group and individual performance is highly desirable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering (hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk, 01223 332615) or Dr Luigi Occhipinti (technology@graphene.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference NM32083 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information


(9) Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) Executive Assistant (Fixed Term)(Fixed Term)

The mission of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) is to investigate the science and technology of graphene and related materials. This engineering innovation centre allows partners to meet, and effectively establish joint industrial-academic activities to promote innovative and adventurous research with an emphasis on applications. The CGC also hosts the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Graphene Technology. This aims to develop people able to stimulate the sustainability of engineering research and commercialisation of graphene and related materials across a variety of sectors.

The CGC is a very busy and dynamic environment and we are seeking an experienced PA/EA to join the team based in West Cambridge and provide an executive support service to the CGC Director, Deputy Director and COO and Senior Administrators. You will be responsible for a very complex diary to ensure the efficient and effective management of the time and work of the CGC. In addition to this, you will be processing emails/phone calls on a daily basis and taking all follow-up actions, setting up a wide range of internal and external meetings both in person, in Cambridge and elsewhere in UK, EU or worldwide, and online (by Zoom, Teams, GoogleMeet, Skype, etc.), managing the schedule of meetings, planning and managing the overall working day to ensure an appropriate balance of meetings, managing all meetings follow up activity.

The role holder will be instrumental in ensuring the effective operation of the daily schedule of all personnel and students in the CGC and CDT, as well as updating databases, and scheduling all the steps of personnel recruitment. The role-holder will co-ordinate and plan the CGC events, meetings, workshops, seminars and relative finances, and organise and prepare the agendas and minutes. This will be done in person or by delegating responsibilities to the most appropriate CGC operations staff members.

You will be educated to degree level/ have an equivalent level of practical experience working as an Executive PA in a highly dynamic environment and managing an online diary system with hundreds of conflicting requirements requiring prioritisation. You will be an effective communicator and have the ability to interact with a wide range of people. You will have advanced IT skills with proven experience in the use of excel, database and data sharing software, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, web page management, and similar systems.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 22 September 2022. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office on 01223 332615 or by email on hr-office@eng.cam.ac.uk. Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Andrea C. Ferrari (acf26@eng.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference NM32987 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information