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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Smart Materials, Experimental and Computational


Standard Grade 7: £34,308 - £42,155 per annum

Closing date

Dec 02, 2022 12:00PM


We are seeking two full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Porous Framework Materials to join Prof. Jin-Chong Tan’s group (Multifunctional Materials & Composites Laboratory: in the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford. The posts are funded by the ERC Consolidator Grant “PROMOFS” and are fixed-term until 31 March 2024 and available immediately.


The research will focus on the experimental (1st post) and modelling (2nd post) of novel porous framework materials, such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), for engineering smart sensors and multifunctional devices. The aim is to yield tuneable photophysical, photochemical, and mechanical properties applicable to photonics-based sensing technologies and real-world applications.


You should hold a PhD/DPhil (or close to completion) in materials engineering / materials science / physics / mechanics, or related subjects. Candidates with prior experience in the design, development and engineering of MOF material systems are encouraged to apply. The applicant must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in experimental and/or computational research.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Tan (email:


Further information can be found at


Only online applications received before midday on 2nd December 2022 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position, CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology. 



Metal-organic frameworks, smart sensors and devices, host-guest interactions, nanocomposites, nanospectroscopy, density functional theory, ab initio calculations.

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Professor Jin-Chong Tan

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