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Research Fellow in Polar Liquid Crystal Physics

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for you next challenge? Do you want to further your career in one of the leading research-intensive Universities in the UK?

You will join a programme of research into polar and ferroelectric liquid crystals with Dr. Richard Mandle in the Soft Matter Physics group. 

Holding a PhD (or have submitted your thesis before taking up the role) in Physics or Chemistry or a closely allied discipline; you will have multidisciplinary experience in liquid crystal science, characterisation, modelling and related areas.

You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, focusing on a range of polar liquid crystalline systems. You will work on the design, characterisation and optimisation of polar nematic systems. In addition to contribution to different topics as part of the research team, you will be an excellent written and oral communicator, contributing to scientific publications and patents, as well as through dissemination at conferences and industry focused meetings.

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus approx.16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That’s 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme plus life assurance– the University contributes 21.6% of salary
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.

And much more!  

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr. Richard Mandle, University Academic Fellow and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Physics & Astronomy
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £35,333 to £42,155 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (3 years - grant funding)
Release Date:  Friday 28 October 2022
Closing Date:  Sunday 11 December 2022
Reference:  EPSPA1070
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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