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The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan Bronze Award holder and is fully committed to engaging in the principles of Equality and Diversity. We strive to create a positive environment for all of our staff, students and visitors. We value our people highly, encouraging development and nurturing talent. By recruiting the best people and providing a stimulating and collaborative workplace, we continue to build upon our position as one of world’s leading materials research and teaching institutions.

Please see the lists below for the current vacancies. If you require further information on staff vacancies, please contact the HR Manger: tom.lake@materials.ox.ac.uk. For further information on research studentships, please contact the secretary to the Director of Graduate Studies: graduate.studies@materials.ox.ac.uk.

Oxford University is an Equal Opportunities Employer. For more information about pay and conditions see the Oxford University staff page.

 

Research Studentships

Studentship

Please see the postgraduate section of the website for a full list of projects currently available.

Projects listed below carry their own funding (subject to contract with the sponsor), so finance in the form of a stipend and payment of fees is available to the successful candidate. However, eligibility for funding is in some cases restricted by the applicant's country of legal residence: below and in the detailed description of funded projects we use the term 'citizen' in respect of this country.

7 funded projects available at present.

***Towards the Perfect Neck for High Pressure High Temperature Polycrystalline Diamond
( Prof Richard I Todd, Prof Peter D Nellist and from Element 6 Global Innovation Centre: Dr Roger Nilen, Dr Ed Eardley )

*/**Enabling 3D Atomic-Scale Imaging of Hydrogen in to Investigate Hydrogen Embrittlement of Zirconium Alloy Fuel Cladding in Fission Reactors
( D. Haley, P. Bagot, M. Moody)

*/**From light to heavy: making predictions of solid-state NMR parameters truly multi-nuclear
( Prof J R Yates)

*/**Thermo-mechanical property measurement of nuclear graphites at elevated temperatures
( T J Marrow)

*/**Unconventional Computing using a Materials Science Approach
( H. Bhaskaran)

*/**Understanding battery chemistry with in-situ electron microscopy
( Dr Alex W Robertson and Prof Peter G Bruce)

*/**X-ray video imaging and machine learning to understand alloy solidification
( Prof Patrick Grant / Dr Enzo Liotti)

New projects are added from time-to-time, so please review the list regularly.

Please see the postgraduate section of the website for a full list of projects currently available.

Academic and Research Staff

Research Job

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in 3D Characterisation and Numerical Simulation of Structural Materials for Accident Tolerant Nuclear Fuel Clad
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £35,550 per annum

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant, to carry out a programme of three-dimensional characterisation, testing and numerical simulation of structural materials that are candidates for the cladding of Accident Tolerant Fuels (ATF) for nuclear fission power generation. In this experimental and computational modelling role, you will be part of Professor James Marrow’s research group, using high resolution computed tomography and digital volume correlation to study mechanical damage in structural materials. You will also use and develop image-based models to describe the effects of the microstructural changes, which are caused by the reactor environment, on the physical, thermal and mechanical properties of candidate ATF clads (ceramic composites and coated metallic alloys). You will liaise with project partners who are conducting higher scale modelling (e.g. molecular dynamics) and substantial test programmes (utilising nuclear Materials Test Reactors) that support material optimisation. The aim is to predict the long‐term in‐service performance of ATF clad concepts.

Other duties of this role include writing and collaborating on papers for journal publications and project reports, and attending and presenting at project meetings and conferences. You will also use computed tomography to characterise the microstructure of ceramic materials in support of the European Commission Project NEXTOWER (Advanced Materials Solutions for Next Generation High Efficiency Concentrated Solar Power Tower Systems).

Applicants should hold a PhD/DPhil, or be close to completion of a PhD/DPhil, in a subject area relevant to Engineering/Materials Science or Materials Engineering, and have relevant experience of mechanical performance of structural materials. Specialist knowledge and experience of advanced finite element or mesh-free simulation of the mechanical performance of structural materials is essential for this role. You should also have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, as well as represent the research group at international meetings. Experience of computed X-ray tomography (laboratory or synchrotron) will be advantageous.

This full-time fixed-term post is funded by the European Commission for up to 24 months in the first instance, and is based at the Department of Materials, Parks Road, Oxford. The University of Oxford, as part of a consortium of international partners has recently been awarded this funding by the European Commission for Project IL TROVATORE (Innovative Cladding Materials for Advanced Accident-tolerant Energy Systems).

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 1st June 2018, with interviews for shortlisted candidates to be held in the week commencing 18th June 2018.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 134667). To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=134667

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental Quantum Transport and Nanomechanics
Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 per annum

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant, to carry out fabrication and investigation of devices with electronic and mechanical degrees of freedom. This post will be under the supervision of Dr Natalia Ares and Professor Andrew Briggs. The development of quantum devices that combine both electronic and mechanical degrees of freedom has opened the door to the study of electron-phonon interactions in these devices. These interactions play a crucial role in quantum transport and the interplay between different degrees of freedom might be a key tool to access thermodynamic quantities at the nanoscale. As quantum technologies develop, thermodynamics has to scale down, and questions such as ‘How do quantum systems thermalize?’ arise. This post offers an excellent opportunity to make progress towards emerging quantum technologies through fundamental scientific discovery.

The person appointed will fabricate and test nanoelectromechanical devices, with a view to study electron/phonon interactions and non-equilibrium thermodynamics. You will also carry out experiments on electron/hole transport, nanomechanics, circuit optomechanics and circuit QED, where appropriate at cryogenic temperatures. The Research Assistant will engage and work collaboratively with others, and participate in meetings with other researchers in Oxford and elsewhere as required. You will also be responsible for planning and managing research and administrative activities, with the ability to co-ordinate all aspects of the project and to meet deadlines.

Applicants must hold a PhD/DPhil, or be near to completing a PhD/DPhil in a relevant physical science, and have an outstanding track record of research and publications, commensurate with stage in career. You will also have research experience in nanodevice fabrication and measurement, and have the ability to contribute at a high level to fundamental science of quantum nanodevices. Willingness and the ability to engage with others in collaborative research are essential for this post, as well as the ability to work independently, along with excellent organisation skills. Experience of quantum transport and/or circuit optomechanics would be desirable.

This full-time fixed-term post is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and the EPSRC for up to 31 March 2021, and is based at the Department of Materials, Parks Road, Oxford.

All applications are to be made online, and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your application.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 134940). To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=134940

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 15 June 2018, with interviews for shortlisted candidates to be held in the week commencing 25 June 2018.

The Department of Materials has been awarded departmental Bronze Athena SWAN status in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women. Job applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

 

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Administrative and Technical Staff Jobs

Support Job

PA and Project Assistant to the EM Group
Grade 5: £24,983 - £29,799 per annum

We are looking for an efficient PA and Project Assistant with experience of diary management and financial administration, along with excellent computer skills, to join the departmental administration team. You will provide high-level administrative support, personal assistant duties and research grant support to nominated Professorial, Academic and Research staff.

This is a varied and stimulating role in which you will assist the nominated staff with all administration relating to their research group, teaching duties, committee work and other relevant areas. Key tasks also include diary management and handling correspondence; supporting the organisation of courses, international conferences and a research network; providing support for grant applications; supporting the administration of research projects.

You will have the ability to manage and prioritise a varied and busy workload and work to deadlines, along with excellent attention to detail and high level of accuracy. The ability to develop successful working relationships with academic and support staff colleagues across the department and in the wider University is essential. Experience of using Oracle Financials or similar financial information system would be desirable.

This permanent post is full-time, but flexible working could be supported. This will be discussed with shortlisted applicants at interview.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 14 June 2018, with interviews for shortlisted candidates to be held on Friday 29 June 2018.

All applications are to be made online, and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your application.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 134603). To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=134603

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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