Join Us

We are always interested in hearing from excellent and motivated graduate student and postdoctoral candidates who are interested to join our team. We are located in the beautiful coastal town of St Andrews, 30 miles northeast of Edinburgh. Based in a suite of purpose-built and recently renovated laboratories, we host a unique collection of equipment within the UK for the study of Designer Quantum Materials. 

Postdoctoral Fellowships

4 postdoc positions available - closing date 6 August 2020!

We are currently looking to fill four PDRA positions as part of multiple EPSRC-sponsored research grants. We seek outstanding candidates who can contribute to the research programme, and are keen to become part of a leading Centre of Excellence in the UK in Condensed Matter Physics. The four positions are for experimental physicists, with good knowledge of condensed matter physics, and excellent skills in analysing, modelling and describing experimental data.

The positions are:

  • developing bespoke instrumentation for in situ scanning probe measurements of thin-film quantum materials (Ref:  AR2378SB, with Prof Peter Wahl)

  • thermodynamic and transport studies of designer heterostructures of strongly correlated electron systems (Ref:  AR2377SB, with Dr Andreas Rost)

  • angle-resolved photoemission studies of the influence of in-situ strain tuning on the electronic structure and quantum many-body interactions in quantum materials (Ref:  AR2376SB, with Prof Phil King)

  • strain tuning of emergent states of matter in correlated materials using low temperature spectroscopic imaging STM (Ref: AR4422SB, with Prof Peter Wahl).

The roles will involve running or developing state-of-the-art instrumentation. The role holders will perform original experimental research, as well as being involved in day-to-day supervision of students and making contributions to the broader activities of the research groups and the CDQM, a collaborative research centre at the University of St Andrews. It is housed in purpose-built and recently renovated lab space, providing an active and vibrant research environment. The successful candidates will join the CDQM, and will benefit from its superb resources, including capabilities for molecular-beam epitaxy growth, spectroscopic studies via scanning tunneling microscopy and angle-resolved photoemission, bespoke tools for transport and thermodynamic studies, and an extensive range of materials characterisation capabilities.

Candidates who are interested in applying for multiple of these positions should mention this in their cover letter, indicating an order of preference. It is not necessary to submit multiple applications.


The University is committed to equality for all and to promoting a diverse and inclusive community, demonstrated through our diversity awards and projects (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall).

Further specific vacancies and projects will be advertised as they arise. Additionally, we are happy to discuss hosting applications for fellowships to be based within the Centre, including for the Marie Curie intra-european and incoming international fellowships, JSPS, Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, and EPSRC schemes. Please contact us at if you are interested in making an application to one of these schemes.

For current funded vacancies, please see the web pages of our investigators
PhD studentships

We have funded opportunities for 3.5 and 4-year PhD positions available via a number of schemes including:

Descriptions for available PhD projects for most supervisors within the centre can be found here, or on the web pages of our investigators. Please contact us at if you have any questions about PhD study within the Centre.

We gratefully acknowledge support from: