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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: For further information on research studentships, please contact the secretary to the Director of Graduate Studies:

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Research Studentships


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.

9 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 )

*/**Dynamic TEM development for improved understanding of reactions and processes on the ns timescale
( A.I. Kirkland)

*/**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)

*/**Exploring low energy excitations with electron microscopy
( Dr R J Nicholls, Prof J R Yates, Prof P D Nellist)

*/**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

A Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship In Materials Science at The Queen’s College Oxford

The Governing Body of The Queen’s College Oxford proposes to elect a Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship (technically known as an Extraordinary Junior Research Fellowship) in Materials Science. The successful candidate will enter upon the Fellowship on 1 October 2018.

Candidates must hold a suitable stipendiary research appointment in the University or a department of the University, or should have been offered and accepted such an appointment in the academic year in which the Fellowship is to be taken up. The Fellowship will be tenable for up to three years and may be renewed for a further period not exceeding two years.

Further details can be found at

Candidates should submit their applications in electronic form to The Academic Administrator, The Queen’s College, Oxford, OX1 4AW [email:], not later than noon on 26th February 2018.

Applications should include the completed application form and CV, along with the names of two referees, whom the candidate should ask to send references direct to the Academic Administrator by noon on 26th February 2018

It is expected that shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview during the week beginning 19th March 2018.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Additive Manufacture of Microwave Materials and Devices
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £31,076- £34,956 p.a.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research assistant to conduct research into the design of devices with spatially varying dielectric and magnetic and other properties for microwave applications, their realisation using tailored additive manufacture processes, and their microwave characterisation. The additive manufacture research combines various deposition and direct-write deposition techniques for functional dielectric and magnetic composites, conductors, etc., to achieve novel designs that exploit spatial changes in either dielectric and/or magnetic properties. Devices are designed using commercial and/or in-house codes, fabricated, the resulting structures characterised, and finally the microwave response investigated.

The post is available for up to 19 months. Successful candidates will have or be close to completing a doctorate in either a relevant engineering discipline (mechanical, electrical, etc.), materials science, physics or closely related field and have experimental, hands-on experience of additive manufacture, characterisation of materials and an understanding of microwave device applications. Experience in modelling, especially electromagnetic wave interactions with different materials, would be welcome. Excellent communication skills and enthusiasm to work with collaborating research groups across the UK are essential.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 5 March 2018.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 132672). To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:

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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