Research Associate in Bionic Materials for Light Management
University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry
United Kingdom

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to work within the group of Prof. Silvia Vignolini at the Department of Chemistry. The position will focus on developing new platforms and tools to study how different living organisms build symbiotic interactions for light management and to investigate light-matter interaction in bio-inspired bionic and living materials. Further information on the project is available at

Applicants should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD either in Physics/Engineering with a strong background in nano-photonics, light-matter interaction, or in Chemistry / Materials Science with a background in optical material fabrication, microfluidics and bioprinting. The successful candidate is also expected to be able to program, and to understand basic optical techniques like microscopy, spectroscopy or electron microscopy.

The position is available immediately.

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

For queries regarding applying online for this post, please contact Ms Jasmine Wilkinson (e-mail:

Please quote reference MA26323 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN silver award for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine.

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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