Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Additive Manufacturing of Composite Materials)

Updated: 9 months ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 29 Nov 2018

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Additive Manufacturing of Composite Materials)
The starting salary will be from £35,211 up to £43,267 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

EPSRC Prosperity Partnership: Tailored Electromagnetic & Acoustic Materials Accelerator (TEAM-A)

This new full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until 1st September 2021 to support the work of Professor Oana Ghita.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities.  We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

The Role

You will join TEAM-A: The tailored electromagnetic and acoustic materials accelerator, an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership programme. The aim of this partnership, which builds upon the successful relationship that exists between the University of Exeter and QinetiQ, is to develop advanced materials that can be used to control and manipulate the propagation of electromagnetic and acoustic energy, in a highly tailored, bespoke fashion, and develop innovative techniques for their cost-effective manufacture.

The post will focus on fabrication of novel composite materials for additive manufacture of complex structures for radio frequency control. The aim is to control dispersion of magnetically lossy particles; to use inclusions of different morphologies and aspect ratios in tailored configurations (specific alignment or spacing); to utilise mixtures of particulate materials or particles of graded densities.   

Powder bed processes and free form fabrication methods will be used to manufacture samples. The position will require knowledge of powder specifications for laser sintering (e.g. powder bulk density, compaction, flow, permeability, aeration) manufacture, properties and behaviour of composites and nano-composites. 

About you

You will:

-        Possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes

-        Be a nationally recognised authority in an aspect of materials science or engineering and be skilled in the practice, and theory, of additive layer manufacturing

-        Be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required

Due to the nature of the work that QinetiQ is involved with, applicants will be expected to get security clearance.  For this reason, we have limited our applications to UK nationals who have resided in the UK for at least the past 5 years. We apologise if this means you are no longer eligible to apply; however, it is a matter of national security and we are unable to make exceptions.

What we can offer you

-        Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research

-        Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly

-        41 days leave per year, options for flexible working

-        Sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay)

You should demonstrate your achievement against the relevant criteria in the accompanying person specification. To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

For further information please contact Professor Oana Ghita  or (01392 723667).

The department is proud to have a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of their commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects. All of the University of Exeter's STEM/M departments hold an Athena SWAN award.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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