Subject: [Neutron] 2 postdoctoral positions (Ionic Liquids)
From: Rob Atkin
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 11:20:27 +1100


I apologise for the blanket email.

Greg Warr and I are looking for 2 postdocs. The topic area is 'the
structure of surfactants and polymers adsorbed at ionic liquid
interfaces'. Some details are below.

Please circulate to anyone you think might be interested. 

Rob Atkin


Expressions of interest are invited for 2 postdoctoral research
positions for an Australian Research Council funded project. One
postdoctoral fellow will work under the supervision of Dr Rob Atkin in
the Centre for Organic Electronics at the University of Newcastle,
Australia, and the other will work at the School of Chemistry, the
University of Sydney, Australian, under the supervision of Prof Greg

Your research will focus on the structure of surfactants and polymers
adsorbed at ionic liquid interfaces. Ionic liquids (ILs) are an
important new class of solvents with great potential for a variety of
applications. However, the physical properties of ILs are largely
unexplored, with little known about air-, liquid- and solid-IL
interfaces, and the use of surfactants and polymers to modify the
properties of these interfaces. You will use cutting-edge techniques
such as atomic force microscopy, optical reflectometry, small angle
x-ray and neutron scattering and neutron reflectivity to investigate the
structure of the various ionic liquid interfaces and the properties of
adsorbed layers.

You should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in chemistry, chemical
physics, or related areas, and a proven record of experience with one or
more of the following: neutron reflectometry, neutron scattering, x-ray
scattering, x-ray reflectometry, atomic force microscopy, optical
reflectometry, physical properties of ionic liquids.

Contact for enquiries:
Dr Rob Atkin ( +61 2 4921 7107

Timescale of appointment:
Fixed Term Contract - Up to three years subject to satisfactory

Anticipated start date:
01 March 2009

Expressions of interest: should be emailed to Rob Atkin
( and include a full academic C.V. and
contact details for two referees.

Dr Rob Atkin
University of Newcastle Research Fellow
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Chemistry Building
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
(ph) +61 2 49217107 (fax) +61 2 49215472 

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