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Associate Research Fellow

Centre for Graphene Science, Functional Materials Research Group

Associate Research Fellow on two-dimensional optoelectronic materials and devices

The University of Exeter was named University of the Year in The Sunday Times University Guide 2013 and is in 8th place in The Sunday Times league table for 2014. We became a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive institutions in 2012. Recent capital projects to the value of GBP 350 million across the University ensure a truly world-class research and teaching environment and inspirational location to work and live.

The College wishes to recruit an Associate Research Fellow to support the work of Dr Monica Craciun. This EPSRC funded post is available immediately for a fixed term period of three years. The successful applicant will develop optoelectronic devices based on novel two-dimensional (2D) materials such a graphene, functionalized graphene and layered dichalcogenides (e.g. MoS2, WS2).

Optoelectronic devices based on 2D materials are emerging technologies which hold great promise for future applications in smart windows – comprising displays integrated into windscreens of airplanes and cars – and in photovoltaic cells. Graphene, with its spectacular transparency and electrical conductivity is certainly the most celebrated representative of this 2D materials family. Other emerging 2D materials, e.g. dichalcogenides, have complementary characteristics to graphene such as semiconducting properties. Through chemical functionalization the properties of these materials can even be enhanced to unprecedented levels. For example functionalization with fluorine makes graphene a wide gap semiconductor and we demonstrated the possibility to engineer the band–gap of this material and enable its optoelectronic properties to be controlled electrically. The most recent example of the potential of chemical functionalization is GraphExeter (FeCl3 functionalized graphene), developed by my team at Exeter, which is the best transparent conductor, outperforming the materials currently used in displays.

The aims of this project are the fabrication of conceptually new transparent and flexible optoelectronic devices with unprecedented functionalities. The successful applicant will contribute to the further and ongoing development of 2D optoelectronic materials and use them as active parts in light emitting and energy harvesting devices. At the same time our recently discovered GraphExeter material will be used for creating the electrodes of these devices. The post will include: 1) large area fabrication of 2D materials using Chemical Vapour Deposition and solution processing methods, 2) investigation of electro-optical properties of fabricated 2D materials, 3) fabrication and characterization of light emitting and photovoltaic devices. The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically.

Applicants will possess a PhD in Physics, Materials, Chemistry, Electronics, Nanotechnology or a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to fabricate and characterize 2D materials and devices. Knowledge or experience on 2D or/and optoelectronic devices is preferable.

For further information please contact Monica Craciun, e-mail m.f.craciun@exeter.ac.uk or telephone (01392) 723656.

Interviews are expected to take place approximately 10 working days after the closing date.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is ‘Positive about Disabled People’. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

Small Group Facilitators

Plymouth University

Plymouth University – Peninsula Medical School

Location: Plymouth
Salary: £50 per hour
Hours: Part Time
Contract: Permanent
Placed on: 19th September 2014
Closes: 23rd October 2014
Job Ref: A3947

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

The Dental School is committed to the highest standard of teaching and learning and utilises small group case discussion as one of the key educational activities. We are seeking qualified dentists, with expertise or interest in small group facilitation, to become involved in teaching students within the School (Portland Square location).

The Peninsula Dental School is seeking qualified dentists to undertake the roles of:

Enquiry Based Learning facilitator:

Year 1 Dental students – Monday afternoons (12:30 – 16:00) and Friday mornings (09:00 – 12:30) in term time (32 weeks per annum – 6 hours contact time per week)

and/or

Year 2 Dental students – Monday mornings (9:00-12:30) and Friday afternoons (13:00-16:30) every week during term (32 weeks per annum – contact time 6 hours per week)

To arrange for an informal discussion about the posts please contact:

Year 1 BDS – Dr Sveta Zaric, Year 1 Lead, on telephone 01752 586762 or email vetislav.zaric@plymouth.ac.uk

Year 2 BDS – Malcolm Bruce, Year 2 Lead, on telephone 01752 586807 or email malcolm.bruce@plymouth.ac.uk

Closing date: 12 midnight, Thursday 23 October 2014

Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 14 November 2014

Plymouth University is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s career in STEMM academia.

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Partnerships and Student Recruitment Assistant

University of Exeter

University of Exeter – Graduate Business Partnership

Location: Exeter
Salary: £17,039 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 19th September 2014
Closes: 24th September 2014
Job Ref: GBP 2958
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A full time Partnerships and Student Recruitment Assistant is required to work at the University of Exeter working in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. The role involves supporting the Strategic Partnerships Manager and College Marketing Manager in the delivery of the College’s Partnerships and Student Recruitment targets. This paid role is available until 31 July 2015 and is part of the Graduate Business Partnership Scheme.

The University of Exeter manages paid internships for graduates, placing them with small, medium and large organisations or companies. For more information on the scheme please visit www.exeter.ac.uk/internships

You will be responsible for supporting the College’s partnerships activity and will take an active part in monitoring and delivering the associated operational plan. This will include developing a Client Relationship Management plan which helps to ensure that effective working relationships with partners are developed and maintained.

You will act as a first point of contact for academic staff wishing to develop partnerships with other institutions and for businesses interested in working with the College, fielding enquiries and initiating positive relationships with business. You will work closely with academic staff in the College and with the Academic Policy and Standards team to ensure that College partnerships align with College and University strategic objectives.

Candidates should be professional graduates with outstanding communication skills and be comfortable in dealing confidently and professionally with internal and external customers, from all levels of an organisation. Candidates should also have excellent organisation and administration skills and a passion for delivering exceptional customer service.  In addition to this candidates should have experience of Microsoft Office packages, an understanding of new and social media and excellent prioritising skills to meet project timelines and goals.

For further information and details of how to apply click here or email internships@exeter.ac.uk

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is ‘Positive About Disabled People’: if you have a disability, you should mention this in your application. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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Research Fellow in Health Services Research (Quantitative)

Plymouth University

Plymouth University – Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

Location: Plymouth
Salary: £32,277 to £37,394 pa-Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 19th September 2014
Closes: 17th October 2014
Job Ref: A3945

Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine & Dentistry (PUPSMD) is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow who will play a significant role in the quantitative research work undertaken by the Peninsula CLAHRC (http://clahrc-peninsula.nihr.ac.uk/). This post has been funded from an NIHR award with the aim of providing support for the quantitative aspects of research projects adopted by PenCLAHRC.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula – or PenCLAHRC – undertakes high-quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and supports the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS. Themes of investigation in the newly funded CLAHRC include mental health, patient centred care, behaviour change and diagnostics.

The primary function of the role is to support a range of PenCLAHRC projects. Work will include conducting literature and database searches, collecting and analysing data and disseminating findings; it will enable individuals to develop an area of interest and play a key role for certain projects. You will develop your skills as a researcher by working with world class investigators as well as service innovators from across the South West Peninsula investigating complex health services problems. Expertise in quantitative analysis and dissemination is essential as is experience of pragmatic health services research.

You must hold a good first degree or an MSc in a relevant subject. In addition, applicants must have a PhD or equivalent along with demonstrable experience in a relevant discipline.

To discuss the role, please contact Professor Richard Byng, PenCLAHRC Deputy Director (Plymouth), telephone; 01752 764258, email; richard.byng@plymouth.ac.uk or Jo Leonard, PenCLAHRC Research Operations Manager, telephone; 01752 764879, email; jo.leonard@plymouth.ac.uk

This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week and is fixed-term until 31 December 2018.

Interviews are likely to be held on 5 November 2014

Closing date: 12 midnight, 17 October 2014

Plymouth University is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s career in STEMM academia.

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sportBU Receptionist

Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University

Location: Bournemouth
Salary: £16,131 to £18,031 per annum (pro rata) with further progression opportunities to £19,632
Hours: Part Time
Contract: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 19th September 2014
Closes: 30th September 2014
Job Ref: SSS22

The aim of this role is to be responsible for delivering the frontline service to students, staff and visitors to sportBU. You will be expected to undertake a variety of administrative tasks and actively promote memberships within sportBU.

In addition to this, you will be required to facilitate customers’ entry and booking of activities within sportBU, to handle all monies via the IT booking system and maintain a high level of customer service at all times by answering customer queries and solving problems and issues that may arise.

You will possess the ability to deal with a wide cross section of personnel and have proven receptionist experience, ideally gained in a customer service and/or higher education environment. You should be IT literate with the ability to pick up IT systems quickly. You should possess effective interpersonal skills with the ability to prioritise in a challenging environment.

For the right person this role will be a rewarding and exciting one. For an informal chat please contact Timothy Harris on (01202) 961291

The post is available part-time for 29.5 hours per week over 5 days (Monday to Friday).

This post is available on a fixed-term contract until 31 December 2015.

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website together with an online application form. Alternatively, please telephone 01202 961130 (24 hour answerphone) quoting the appropriate reference.  

Closing date: (Midnight) Tuesday 30 September 2014 

Interview date: TBC

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Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow in Mechanisms of Climate Variability

Exeter Climate Systems Research Centre

The College wishes to recruit four Associate Research Fellows/Research Fellows to support the work of the Exeter Climate Systems Research Centre. These NERC-funded posts are available immediately for between 42 to 48 months.  

The EuroClim project aims to advance our fundamental dynamical understanding of three key mechanisms that influence seasonal weather, especially over Europe: North Atlantic upper-ocean heat content, Arctic sea-ice, and the stratosphere. The project will use a mixture of theory, state-of-the-art coupled climate model experiments, idealised dynamical frameworks and advanced statistical techniques. There will be scope for creative independent research across all aspects of the project. The Met Office is a Project Partner, and the ultimate goal is improved seasonal forecasts over Europe. Successful candidates will be part of a team working at the University of Exeter, in collaboration with the Met Office Monthly to Decadal Prediction group.

We seek to appoint four outstanding researchers to contribute to the project across the areas of theory, reduced complexity models, climate models, stratosphere-troposphere coupling, cryospheric effects on climate, ocean-climate interactions, and statistical modelling. The successful applicants will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (Mathematics, Statistics, Meteorology, Physics or a related discipline) and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. At Research Fellow level, the successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in one of these areas and be able to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

Excellent cross-disciplinary communication skills are essential. Experience in numerical/statistical simulations or in computational science related to climate science (e.g., managing large data sets) are desirable. Candidates will have demonstrated the ability to carry out creative, innovative, independent research, and the ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals. 

For further information contact Professor Mark Baldwin (M.Baldwin@exeter.ac.uk), Professor Geoff Vallis (G.Vallis@exeter.ac.uk), Professor Mat Collins (M.Collins@exeter.ac.uk), Professor David Stephenson (D.B.Stephenson@exeter.ac.uk), Dr James Screen (J.Screen@exeter.ac.uk), or Dr Danny Williamson (D.Williamson@exeter.ac.uk).

The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

Integrated Architectural Design and Technology Lecturer

A Lecturer is required to contribute one or two days per week on our BA (Hons) Architecture degree, which has just enrolled its third cohort of students and is located in newly refurbished dedicated Architecture studios.

175 hours for academic year 2013-14

Year 3: Wednesdays in terms 1, 2 and 3 (Mainly).  Year 1: some Thursdays in term 1 only.

In term 1, for third year, you will run a series of design technology lectures and workshops on windows, doors, gates, stairs / means of escape and professional practice, in the context of a contested city. You will also run three one-day long design workshops with year one students.

In terms 2 and 3, for third year, you will run a series of design technology lectures and workshops on steel frame, concrete frame, and loadbearing masonry construction, as well as the detailed design of environmental elements.  In these workshops, students will generate a series of alternative section and elevation studies and production drawings for the detailed resolution of their main design project, which is also in the context of a contested city. 

For this post, student outputs should be of a standard to be suitable for inclusion in a tender package to enhance student employability, however strong design skills are also important.  

A strong background in architectural practice is essential, together with teaching experience on an Architecture Degree or Diploma course validated by the RIBA. We expect the successful candidates to have completed RIBA part 1 and RIBA part 2 on validated Architecture Degree and Professional Diploma in Architecture programmes. Part 3 is also desirable. 

Ideally you will have worked in practice on award winning architectural projects and have a specialist knowledge of and enthusiasm for building construction and technology.  The ability to teach CAD software such as Rhino and Archicad is not essential but may be desirable. 

The successful candidate will ideally have experience of the teaching and learning requirements within a Higher Education environment together with an understanding and experience of relevant professional and industry practices. The posts involve preparation for and delivery of tutorials, workshops, lectures, critiques and seminars across the curriculum.

Closing date: Wednesday 1st October 2014

Interview date: Thursday 9th October 2014

Application packs and further details for the above posts are available at www.nua.ac.uk/jobs email jobs@nua.ac.uk or telephone 01603 756243.

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Caldin Fellowship in Synthetic Chemistry

University of Kent

University of Kent – School of Physical Sciences

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £31,661 to £36,661
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Placed on: 19th September 2014
Closes: 30th November 2014
Job Ref: STM0480

The successful candidates will join the Functional Materials research group. The work in this group is currently focused around four main themes: 

  • Porous, Nanostructured and Amorphous Solids – the synthesis, characterisation, and modelling of porous crystals, nanocrystals, sol-gels and glasses; 
  • Soft Functional Materials – the synthesis, characterisation and application of organic and macromolecular materials; 
  • Energy Materials – synthesis and energy related materials, such as batteries and solid oxide fuel cells; 
  • Quantum Materials and Magnetism – synthesis, characterisation and theory of magnetic systems, superconductors and topological insulators.

The Person

The successful applicant will hold a PhD in Chemistry or an appropriate discipline and have a track record of excellence in synthetic chemistry leading to publications at an international level.

You will have a track record of giving presentations at international meetings with iInvited talks being particularly desirable, teamed with the ability to work well with others and to communicate effectively.

The School

The School of Physical Sciences (SPS) is situated in the newly refurbished Ingram building on the Canterbury Campus. SPS is part of the Faculty of Sciences within the University. It currently offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Physics, Chemistry, and Forensic Sciences. Currently, there are approximately 850 students and 31 full time academic staff within the school along with a number of clerical, administrative and technical support staff. There will be an additional 5 positions in SPS in 2014 taking the staff numbers to 36 full time academic staff. SPS is a dynamic School achieving national and international excellence in both teaching and research (grade point average 3.05 in Materials in RAE-2008). The research effort is led by four groups, Applied Optics, Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Forensic Imaging, and Functional Materials. SPS has also developed a very active outreach programme with Schools and professional institutions at the local and national level, and is a member of the South East Physics Network SEPNet www.sepnet.ac.uk.

SPS launched a new UG degree in Chemistry in 2013, and, as part of a major expansion, has hired 9 new academic staff in the past few months across its three disciplines. To complement the expansion of chemistry at Kent, we are establishing the Caldin Fellowship, which will support independent research in any aspect of synthetic chemistry for three years. We welcome applications across all areas of synthetic chemistry.

For further details, please visit: www.kent.ac.uk/physical-sciences/

Athena SWAN

This is a national scheme whereby Universities commit to advancing and promoting the careers of female scientists. The University of Kent committed to Athena SWAN in 2011 and has since made an institutional application for a Bronze Award. 

In aiming for excellence in employment practices in Higher Education, we hope to create a better working environment for all staff; details can be seen on our website at http://www.kent.ac.uk/human-resources/athenaswan/.

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Laboratory Technician (2 Posts)

University of Kent

University of Kent – School of Physical Sciences

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £21,391 to £24,057
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Placed on: 19th September 2014
Closes: 3rd October 2014
Job Ref: STM0505

The Role

We are seeking to appoint 2 Laboratory Technicians to assist and support the various practical science activities associated with undergraduate teaching and taught postgraduate research within the School of Physical Sciences.

Duties include the general responsibility for the day to day operation of the teaching facilities and for arranging the availability of equipment and materials to coincide with the needs of teaching and practical classes.

The Person

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a Chemistry related subject along with good A Levels or equivalent in Chemistry and Physics and GCSE Level Maths or equivalent. You will have a strong understanding of Chemistry and Physics with practical experience in a scientific laboratory environment. With the ability to set up experiments with due care and attention and good IT skills and competency with data manipulation, you will be organised and able to work to deadlines. A confident and safe worker, individually (within training parameters) and as part of a team you will be keen to learn new technical skills with regard to operation and use of scientific labware and instrumentation. You will possess good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate technical information.

For a complete person specification please refer to the job description.

The Department

The School of Physical Sciences is situated in a newly refurbished science laboratory on the Canterbury Campus.

The School of Physical Sciences (SPS) is part of the Faculty of Sciences within the University. It offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Physics and Forensic Science. Currently there are approximately 880 students and 30 full time academic staff within the School along with a number of clerical, administrative and technical support staff. SPS is a dynamic School achieving national and international excellence in both teaching and research (grade point average 3.05 in RAE-2008). The research effort is led by four groups, Applied Optics, Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Forensic Science, and Functional Materials. SPS has also developed a very active Outreach programme with Schools and Professional Institutions at the local and national level and is a member of the South East Physics Network SEPNet www.sepnet.ac.uk

Website: www.kent.ac.uk/physical-sciences/

Further Information

Start date for applications: 18 Sep 2014

Closing date for applications: 03 Oct 2014

Interviews are to be held: 22 Oct 2014

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post (please do not send your application directly to the department).

How to apply – for this type of position you will be required to complete the on line application process. Please note we do not accept CVs for this post.

If you require further information regarding the post or application process please contact Hannah Preece on h.l.preece@kent.ac.uk. Please note applications must be made via the University website – details sent directly via email cannot be considered.

Athena SWAN

This is a national scheme whereby Universities commit to advancing and promoting the careers of female scientists. The University of Kent committed to Athena SWAN in 2011 and has since made an institutional application for a Bronze Award. In aiming for excellence in employment practices in Higher Education, we hope to create a better working environment for all staff; details can be seen on our website at http://www.kent.ac.uk/human-resources/athenaswan/.

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Student Engagement Officer (Retention and Success)

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University – Learning & Teaching

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £20,198 to £22,029 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 19th September 2014
Closes: 2nd October 2014
Job Ref: PVCE0020
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Background

The Learning, Teaching and Enhancement Unit (LTEU) has a University central role in leading on Learning, Teaching and Assessment, Retention and student success, and Academic Professional Development. 

The Role

The role holder will advise the Head of Student Engagement on aspects of student engagement related to retention and success. Your responsibilities will encompass a wide range of activities which seek to maximise the opportunities for partnerships between academic staff, professional services, and students in creating a sense of belonging socially and within the learning community. 

You will have a core role in leading and supporting the Student Ambassadors for Learning and Teaching (SALT) scheme. This was established in 2013 and invites students to work as partners in the enhancement of the learning experiences of students studying at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The post holder will support the “Student Opportunities” agenda, working closely with colleagues within LTEU and across the University to create and promote opportunities which engage students as active participants and directors of their own learning experiences. 

You will be reporting to the Head of Student Engagement and will be a member of the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit (LTEU).

Requirements

You will be a highly motivated and organised person, possessing excellent presentation and networking skills with students and staff. A degree (or equivalent) and a sound understanding of student issues and their response to engagement within the University is critical to this role. Familiarity with the University communication systems would be advantageous.

Additional Information

This position is fixed term until 31 July 2015

Prior consideration will be given to applicants in the University’s redeployment pool. 

Closing date: 2 October 2014 

Interview date: 17 October 2014

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