Marie Curie Early Career Fellowship position available at Oxford Materials

Marie Curie Early Career Fellowship position is available for a period of three years’ study, tenable at Oxford University, on a project entitled “Development of an aerosol-CVD technique for the production of CNTs with integrated online control” (CONTACT ESR1).

Candidates will be registered for PhD training while employed by the University on a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, and will be expected to establish a new aerosol-CVD system with integrated online control for the production of uniform CNTs. It is envisaged that the in-situ monitoring of the growth process will provide vital information on the formation mechanism of the nanostructures which in turn will be essential to keep growth conditions constant. Once the building blocks are determined it will be possible to gain control over nanostructure formation, a pre-requisite for the viability of nanostructures for future technological applications. It is planned to investigate different precursor systems, ranging from hydrocarbons suitable for the generation of pure CNTs to doped, in conjunction with different forms of catalysts in order to identify key parameters responsible for variations in the CNT structures. Structural and chemical analysis of the resulting materials will be carried out by means of scanning and transmission electron microscopy, EELS, XPS, TGA, RAMAN. Other characterisation methods are available if needed. The work undertaken will be in close collaboration with industry. Candidates must possess a good degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials or Engineering Science, and should have experience of synthesising and characterising nanomaterials.

The EC funding for this position provides a total package based on a Euro amount in the region of €46,226 to €48,726 p.a., (depending on employer deductions which will vary according to exchange rate). This is the gross allowance including an annual living allowance, a mobility allowance (to cover the expenses associated with working in a different country), a travel allowance and a career exploratory allowance, as well as the employer’s NI and tax contributions. Under the terms of the EC funding, which aims to promote mobility within the research community, to be eligible for the post you (a) must not have been resident in the UK for more than 12 months in the past three years and (b) must be within the first four years post-graduation.

It is extremely important that you read the PDF further particulars, and follow closely the instructions which must be read before applying for this post. These are available from the web-site: or from Mrs K Fewings, Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PH (email:, or telephone 01865 273680 (post reference DJ10/09). The closing date for applications is 25 June 2010 with interviews currently planned for early July.

24 May 2010