Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Materials Engineering

Applications to be received by 12pm on Monday 5th of February 2018

Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Materials Engineering to join Professor Jin-Chong Tan’s research group (Multifunctional Materials and Composites Laboratory: at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). The post is funded by the ERC Consolidator Grant “PROMOFS” and is fixed-term for 2 years (with potential for renewal) and available immediately.

The project involves the design, fabrication and characterisation of revolutionary sensor materials based on Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). More specifically, guest@MOF composite systems encapsulating luminescent guest molecules will be developed and studied. The aim is to yield tuneable photophysical and photochemical properties useful for engineering smart sensors and multifunctional devices that will impact the society.

A PhD/DPhil (or near completion) in materials science/engineering or related areas is essential. Candidates with prior experience in investigating MOF materials or related hybrid systems are greatly encouraged to apply. An interest in the development of novel techniques and research strategies is greatly encouraged, and therefore the applicant must be enthusiastic and able to demonstrate a high level of competence in laboratory. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also required for this post.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Tan (

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV containing your publication track record, and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 5 February 2018 can be considered.

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Contact: Professor Jin-Chong Tan