Research Associate/Fellow in Polymer Engineering (Fixed-term)
- Closing Date
- Thursday, 19th April 2012
- Job Type
- Research & Teaching
- Faculty of Engineering - Division of Materials, Mechanics & Structures
- £24520 to £27578 per annum, depending on skills and experience (£27,578 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this range is subject to performance.
This full time post, is available from 1 June 2012 and will be offered on a fixed term contract for a period of 12 months. The latest available start date is 1 September 2012.
Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Associate/Fellow to work on the project "Solid-state Property Predictions of Bimodal Blends and Polydisperse Oriented Polymers", funded by the EPSRC, in the Polymer Engineering group at the University of Nottingham, and in collaboration with the School of Mathematics at Nottingham, the Department of Chemistry at Durham, and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. The project aims to develop and validate a constitutive model enabling the prediction of solid-state properties of oriented polymer products manufactured from commercial polydisperse polymers. As a route to achieve this, a model will first be implemented on bimodal blends of model monodisperse polymers, and validated with the help of a neutron scattering study. The Research Associate/Fellow will work on the development of the theory and implementation of the constitutive models, and will lead the experimental programme preparing the oriented polymer specimens for scattering experiments and performing characterisation of solid-state properties. They will also be responsible for the regular production of interim reports and presentations to the steering committee, and for the publication of new results. A project summary is available at:
Candidates must hold or expect to shortly obtain a PhD, or equivalent in polymer engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer physics or a closely related discipline. Candidates must be able to demonstrate practical experience of materials characterisation techniques relevant to polymeric materials, of research in polymer engineering, and of either programming using Matlab or similar tools for materials modelling, or mechanical characterisation of polymer properties.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Davide De Focatiis, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.
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