Research Fellow in Graphene Paint Development for Corrosion Protection Coatings

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND
Job Type: Contract
Deadline: 21 Aug 2022


Cranfield University


School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.

Contract type

Fixed term contract

Fixed Term Period

3 Months (Maternity cover)


Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £35,559 to £39,434 per annum (pro rata).

About the Role

The project is focused on advanced paint formulations using graphene. You will work under the supervision of Dr Sue Impey and Dr Alex Skordos in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University.

The research will be primarily experimental and rely on state-of-the-art paint formulation, blending, surface adhesion and characterisation for the superior corrosion protection of steel gas network pipes.

About You

You will have a PhD degree (or close to completion), or equivalent, in Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or closely related disciplines, and an advanced fundamental understanding of polymer coatings and encapsulation and wetting. You will have a demonstrable ability in paint/coating formulations/modifications/blending, and a developing track record of independence, conducting high quality research under limited supervision and publishing in high quality journals. Experience with corrosion monitoring and materials characterisation and some experience with dielectric testing is also required. You will also have experience with impedance spectroscopy and electrochemical corrosion methods, and working with graphene is desirable, but not critical. Proven high-level problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills and excellent organisational and administrative skills with attention to detail, are also essential in this role.  

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here .

Cranfield Manufacturing and Materials is following the ambitious strategy of developing a roadmap for a Sustainable Manufacturing Sector for 2050 by applying fundamental science and thought leadership via conceiving and maturing the concepts of Smart, Clean and Green manufacturing solutions agnostically across all sectors and through all tiers of the supply chain with SMEs as well as OEMs. This is to support the national aspiration of Net Zero UK by 2050. We offer world-class and niche post-graduate level research, education, training and consultancy. We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, materials’ technology and management expertise. We link fundamental materials research with manufacturing to develop novel technologies and improve the science base of the manufacturing research. Our capabilities are unique, with a focus on simulation and modelling, and sustainability.  They also include work in composite manufacture, metallic glasses, nano-materials (graphene, coatings and sensors), low energy casting, thermal barrier coatings and Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM).

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here .

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are also committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role.  Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here .

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Krzysztof Koziol, Professor of Composites Engineering and Head of Enhanced Composites and Structures Centre on (E):

Closing date for receipt of applications:   21 August 2022

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