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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Thermodynamics at the Nanoscale


Grade 7: £33,309 - £40,927 per annum

Closing date

May 27, 2022 12:00PM


We are seeking a candidate for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant position within Professor Ares’ research group at the Department of Engineering Science (Central Oxford). The post is funded by an ERC starting grant and is fixed-term to the 31st October 2024.


The development of quantum devices that combine both electronic and mechanical degrees of freedom has opened the door to the study of thermodynamic processes in these devices. The interplay between different degrees of freedom might be a key tool to access thermodynamic quantities at the nanoscale.


The successful candidate will fabricate devices, characterize them at low temperatures and conduct experiments that will elucidate thermodynamic quantities such as work and heat. In collaboration with theorists, you will also help design new ambitious experiments.


You should possess a Ph.D/D.Phil (or be near completion*) in a relevant subject. You should have experimental expertise in electrical characterisation of quantum devices at cryogenic temperatures and have a strong background in the theory of quantum devices


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Natalia Ares (email:


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Only applications received before midday on the 27th May 2022 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, (describing how past experience fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Contact name

Dr Natalia Ares

Contact email