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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.

8 funded projects available at present.

*/**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

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Photonics
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £35,550 per annum

We have an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to develop novel photonic computing paradigms and undertake creative research that opens new areas of research. You will be expected to publish high quality papers based on the research results, and be capable of producing high-quality first drafts of papers independently. This post is fixed-term for up to 24 months.

You will work closely with Professor Harish Bhaskaran, the Principal Investigator and other members of the research group to achieve tight milestones. This may involve travelling to and working with our academic and industrial partners. The duties for the role will also include supervising research students pursuing a masters or DPhil on a day-to-day basis, providing crucial inputs to their research and analysis.

You will hold (or be near completion) a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Applied Physics or related fields. You will also have proven experience in hands-on fabrication of photonic devices and nano-fabricaton techniques (including, but not limited to, e-beam lithography, optical lithography, characterisation techniques such as SEM and thin film deposition). Experience in areas of computational paradigms and designing of novel architectures will be especially welcome.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 13 December 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 131740 ). 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=131740

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 is committed to creating a positive working environment for everyone. Job applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Roll-to-Roll Vacuum Deposition for Wearable and Flexible Technologies
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £35,550 per annum

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Materials as part of the wider ‘WAFT’ (Wearable and Flexible Technologies) programme.

The post is available for a fixed-term duration of up to 24 months.

You will responsible for carrying out research, within this wider project and in collaboration with other researchers, on manufacturing scale-up, including vacuum roll-to-roll processing, of materials for wearable and flexible technologies. This will include consideration of the challenges of high-throughput processing onto polymer substrates, control of layer thickness, integration of various layers and components, and routes to in-line patterning of layers. You will be expected to attend regular project meetings and to work across institutions, to contribute to project reports and disseminate results through conferences and papers.

Applicants should possess, or be close to obtaining, a doctorate in Materials Science/Engineering or a related field and will be able to demonstrate experience in thin-film vacuum deposition, materials characterization and working with and modifying large-scale equipment.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 18 December 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 131746 ). 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=131746

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.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Stress Corrosion Cracking mechanisms - STEM and APT
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £35,550 per annum

The role of the successful applicant will be to conduct experimental research in characterisation of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in materials for fission reactors (e.g. PWRs). Research to be carried out in this post will be centred on the characterisation of SCC crack tips in a series of austenitic alloys by high-resolution analytical STEM and atom-probe tomography (APT). We are especially interested in correlative microscopy where the same feature is studied by both techniques. The main objective will be to provide with a better explanation of the effect of alloy composition on crack growth. The research is based in Oxford, but will be performed within a large, multi-faceted collaborative project involving Oxford and Manchester universities, and two external partners: EDF (France) and INSS (Japan). The post is funded for up to 3 years by EPSRC.

You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil in materials science or a related field and possess specialist knowledge, experience and skills related to the field of analytical high-resolution methods (STEM and/or APT). Experience on corrosion and/or fracture would be advantageous.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 20 December 2017

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Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 132052 ). 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=132052

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 is committed to creating a positive working environment for everyone. Job applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Stress Corrosion Cracking mechanisms - EBSD and TKD
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £35,550 per annum

The role of the successful applicant will be to conduct experimental research in characterisation of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in materials for fission reactors (e.g. PWRs). He/she will study the effect of alloy composition on crack propagation mechanisms on selected austenitic alloys through characterization of the crack tip area by 3D EDX, EBSD (2D and 3D) and TKD. The EBSD/TKD data analysis required for high-resolution strain mapping will be developed and optimized. The research is based in Oxford, but will be performed within a large, multi-faceted collaborative project involving Oxford and Manchester universities, and two external partners: EDF (France) and INSS (Japan). The post is funded for up to 3 years by EPSRC.

You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil in materials science or a related field and possess specialist knowledge, experience and skills related to the field of strain mapping by electron diffraction, including EBSD and/or TKD. Experience on corrosion, fracture analysis and modelling would be advantageous.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 20 December 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 131985 ). 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=131985

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.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Texturing of Silicon for Solar Cells
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £35,550 per annum

We are seeking a PDRA to work on a project entitled ‘Black Silicon Photovoltaics’. This is a collaborative program of research involving the University of Oxford and the University of Southampton. The PDRA will lead the Oxford research into the creation and passivation of textured surfaces for silicon solar cells in close collaboration with a fellow PDRA at Southampton, with regular visits between partners. The post is fixed-term for up to 3 years.

You will be in charge of designing and implementing novel gas-phase texturing techniques in collaboration with a UK based manufacturer. In this project you will develop an understanding of how process parameters affect surface etching in the gas phase and how these can be controlled to achieve the desired surface morphologies. You will also be responsible for the characterisation and optimisation of these morphologies to reduce surface reflection while maintaining compatibility with subsequent solar cell processing. You will investigate emitter formation and passivation of these surfaces so that the electrical properties can be optimised in conjunction with optical properties so that overall cell performance can be maximised.

You will hold (or be close to completing) a doctorate in photovoltaics or related discipline. You will be able to demonstrate experience in silicon solar cell research and familiarity with wet chemical processes.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 132405 ). 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=132405

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 15 January 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 is committed to creating a positive working environment for everyone. 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

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