Postdoctoral Research Fellow - EPSRC SYMETA

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 04 Nov 2018

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - EPSRC SYMETA
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

The above EPSRC funded post is available on a full-time, fixed term basis from 3rd December 2018 until 28th February 2021 in the College of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Mathematics.

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 post

The College of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Mathematics wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in the EPSRC Grand Challenge "Synthesizing 3D Metamaterials for RF, microwave and THz applications (SYMETA)".  The role holder will work within the Electromagnetic and Acoustic Materials group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and will support the work of Prof Alastair Hibbins and Prof Roy Sambles FRS. 

SYMETA brings together leading expertise in engineering, physics and materials science from five institutions: Loughborough University, University of Exeter, University of Sheffield, Oxford University and Queen Mary, University of London, together with numerous industrial partners from a range of sectors including defence and electronics manufacture.  SYMETA's grand vision is to deliver a palette of novel, multi-functional 3D metamaterials (synthetic composite materials with structure that exhibit properties not usually found in natural materials) using emerging additive manufacturing (AM), with the potential to support a single 'design-build' process. Our goal, to compile a palette of meta-atoms (the basic building blocks of metamaterials) and then to organise these inclusions systematically to give the desired bulk properties, opens up a plethora of new structures. Introducing these novel structures into the complex world of electronic design will offer a radical new way of designing and manufacturing electronics. The metamaterials will be developed to give end-users the electromagnetic responses they require, for a wide range of communication, electronics, energy and defence applications.

To date, the experimental study of truly three-dimensional metamaterials and their exploitation as devices has been rather limited, with researchers around the globe taking the easier path of studying layered materials and 2D meta-surfaces.  The role-holder's primary responsibility on the SYMETA project is therefore a challenging one - to design, model and characterise both individual 3D meta-atoms, and collections of these building blocks to form metamaterials.  Collaboration with the other university partners is key to the success of the project: Loughborough provide fabrication facilities, Sheffield offer new printable materials, with QMUL and Oxford designing, modelling and testing devices and demonstrators. 

About you

The type of research will be wide-ranging, including (but not limited to) fundamental physics, analytical and numerical modelling, and experimental characterisation, and for this reason, the successful applicant will be familiar with condensed matter physics, magnetism and photonics, and aspects of electrical engineering will also be valuable.  The ideal candidate will also be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, experience of running their own project, and working as part of a team with academic and industrial partners.  The successful applicant will be expected to disseminate their work through first-authorship publications in prestigious journals (at least 3 per year), in addition to contributions to the work of others.  He or she will be expected to present work at international conferences, as well as reporting progress in written documents and oral presentations at project meetings, and regularly visiting our academic collaborators.  There will also be an expectation that the role-holder will assist with the supervision of PhD students (the degree of supervision responsibility will depend on experience), lead research meetings within the Electromagnetic and Acoustic Materials group, participate in undergraduate teaching, and contribute to the development of future grant proposals.

Applicants will have experience of an experimental research environment, with a PhD in physics or engineering, or being close to PhD thesis submission. He or she will possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The ideal applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in the field of photonics, magnetism or metamaterials, with analytical and numerical experience to complement their experimental methods.  He or she will have an excellent publication record for their career stage.

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
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits aroundmaternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here .

For further information please contactProf. Alastair Hibbins  

The closing date for completed applications is 4th November 2018.

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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