Research Assistant

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Swansea, WALES
Job Type: Contract
Deadline: 16 Sep 2019

Salary: £29,515 to £33,199 per annum together with USS pension benefits

Contract: This is a fixed term position until 30th September 2021

Location: This position will be based at the Bay Campus, Swansea

Main Purpose of the Post

AFM2 – Application of Functionalised Micro & Nano Materials – scale up to volume production. Advanced functional nano and micro materials, such as graphene and its derivatives, will be drivers in the 4th industrial revolution as they have the potential to transform the world we live in by delivering benefits across a multitude of industries, helping to increase technical performance and reducing cost. Potential applications include printed electronics, sensors, Internet-of-Things (IoT), smart packaging, wearables and point of care health.

However, while it has been possible to demonstrate these benefits in the research and development environment, these benefits have not been realised because of the issue of scaling from the bench to production.

The aim of this project, funded by the Welsh Government SMARTExpertise program, is to combine the expertise of each industrial partner to take demand led innovative concepts enabled by functionalised micro materials from the laboratory into volume production. This will create, in Wales, the AFM2 Product Pipeline for the scale up to volume production of Applications of Functionalised Micro & Nano Materials.


The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Undertake printing, ink manufacture and characterisation in the University
  • Engage with the companies, including running trials at their production site
  • Travel to Europe to man exhibition stands

Person Specification

Essential criteria:

  • A Degree in Engineering or equivalent
  • Evidence of the ability to engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals.
  • A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the aims of the project
  • Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research project
  • A demonstrable knowledge of complex fluids
  • A commitment to continuous professional development

    Desirable Criteria

  • PhD or equivalent in engineering or related subject relevant to printing
  • Experience of working on site with industry
  • Driving licence
  • A knowledge of ink formulation and manufacture
  • Knowledge of advanced rheology
  • Knowledge of all volume printing processes

  • Background

    The project is based in the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating in the College of Engineering where there are bespoke printing labs. 30 years of working with printing, the largest manufacturing industry worldwide.

    WCPC is a founder of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacture of Large Area Electronic.

    Informal enquiries contact details and Further Information

    Informal enquiries: Can be directed to Professor Tim Claypole via email:

    The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, sex (gender), sexual orientation. The college particularly encourages applications from women as we currently have an under representation of women in the areas of research and academic. Appointments will always be made on merit.

    This fixed term post has been funded by the 2014-2020 Structural Funds programme supporting the ERDF funded SMART Expertise AFM2  project from 1/10/2019  to 30/09/2021. 

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