Imperial College and the University of Bristol have been jointly awarded a major, five-year, programme grant (£6m), by EPSRC, to fundamentally redesign high performance composite materials. This “NextCOMP” programme focusses on the challenge of improving the absolute performance of composites in compression, both to address practical limitations of current materials, and as a demonstration of the value of quantitative hierarchical materials design. The work will develop and embed structure at every length scale from the molecules of the matrix, to the lay-up of final components, using new constituents and new architectures, designed within a new analytical framework. The programme will benefit from a highly creative and interdisciplinary approach amongst the core project term, amplified by contributions from leading international advisors and collaborators. An extensive group of industrial partners will contribute to the project, and help to develop the outputs, building on concept demonstrators designed during the programme.
As part of this team, we are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research associate to develop a new generation of modified structural fibres. You will be a highly creative experimental scientist/engineer, with a good understanding of structural fibres, nanomaterials synthesis/assembly, and composite theory.
You should have, or expect to receive, a PhD in an experimental physical science/engineering, with an emphasis on high performance fibre materials. Essential experience will include fibre coating / spinning, characterisation, and property evaluation. Knowledge of natural materials or composite performance in compression would be an advantage.
The position is available from May 2020 for 2 years in the first instance, renewable for additional years. Salary will be in the range £40,215 - £47,579 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience.
Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum
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