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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.

***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)

*/**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 Researcher in Photonics
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £35,550 per annum

A postdoctoral research appointment to develop novel photonic computing paradigms and undertake creative research that opens new areas of research is available. Genuinely motivated, curious and ambitious individuals are sought. Reporting to Professor Harish Bhaskaran, you will be expected to carry out world-leading research, and be capable of producing high-quality first drafts of papers independently. You will be responsible for the design, fabrication, planning experiments and testing, developing experimental methods, collecting data and developing models as well as assisting the Professor in meeting milestones and producing reports for the various grants held. 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/or 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 experimental condensed matter physics, applied physics, electrical engineering, or related fields. You will also have proven experience in hands-on fabrication of photonic devices and nanofabricaton 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. You will also have experience in planning and designing experiments, developing required data acquisition and analysis techniques and presenting results at international conferences.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 14 May 2018.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 134103). 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=134103

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 the Electrochemistry of the Lithium-Air Battery
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £35,550 per annum

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher, to join the group of Professor Peter Bruce FRS, Wolfson Professor. You will develop research objectives and proposals, plan, manage and carry out research in the area of Li-O2 batteries. You will investigate the electrochemistry of Li-O2 cells, with the aim of unlocking the performance of this potentially transformational energy storage technology. Achieving this will require a strong understanding of the fundamental electrochemical processes involved, such as O2 reduction and the lithium metal – electrolyte interface.

This full-time post is fixed-term for 1 year initially, up to 3 years total.

Professor Bruce’s research group is located in state-of-the-art laboratories on South Parks Road, and undertakes research in the Departments of Materials and Chemistry. You will have expertise in at least one of the following: electrochemistry, surface science, or spectroscopy. You will have background in electro-catalysis of oxygen reduction and evolution. You will have a good first degree and a completed doctorate (by the start date) in a relevant area. You will have excellent oral and written communication skills, along with a strong record of journal publication or other output record commensurate with experience.

You will need to demonstrate a strong understanding of fundamental electrochemistry as well as experimental expertise demonstrating the ability to apply relevant electrochemical skills, techniques and methods including microkinetic tafel analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction, electrochemical impedance, electrolysis and computational diffusion models.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 18 April 2018.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 134127). 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=134127

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.

Eight Postdoctoral Research Associates
Grade 8: Salary in the range £39,992-£47,722 per annum

Founded in October 2017, the Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent centre for electrochemical energy storage science and technology, supporting research, training, and analysis. Bringing together expertise from universities and industry, and as part of the Faraday Battery Challenge, the Faraday Institution endeavours to make the UK the go-to place for the research, development, manufacture and production of new electrical storage technologies for both the automotive and the wider relevant sectors.

The eight postdoctoral positions advertised will work at the University of Oxford, in collaboration and under the supervision of the SOLBAT research team, composed of Professor David Armstrong, Professor Martin Castell, Professor Chris Grovenor, Professor Peter Nellist, Professor Patrick Grant. Professor Mauro Pasta and Professor Peter Bruce.

We are looking for well organised and self-motivated scientists, with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, to identify research objectives and to carry out appropriate research activities within a given timescale, demonstrating the ability to work co-operatively with colleagues in an extremely fast-paced and intellectually stimulating environment.

The solid-state metal-anode battery (SOLBAT) consortium, within the framework of the Faraday Institution and led by Oxford and involving Cambridge, Glasgow, Liverpool, St. Andrews, Strathclyde, and UCL, is looking to hire eight postdoctoral researchers with expertise, proven by a strong publication record, in one or preferably more of the following areas:

• solid state material chemistry (including X-ray scattering techniques);
• solid state electrochemistry (including EIS and voltammetric methods);
• continuum modelling and theory (including mechanical, heat-transfer, and/or electrochemical-transport analysis, as well as numerical multiphysics simulations);
• surface science (in particular with experience in UHV electron spectroscopy equipment (e.g. XPS) and preferably with UHV STM experience);
• advanced imaging (including FIB/SEM and TEM, spectroscopy and sample preparation);
• advanced manufacturing methods (including evaporation/sputtering, pulsed laser deposition, spray deposition, 3D printing and powder processing);
• mechanical properties (including micro-scale mechanical testing and in situ SEM mechanical testing).

A good first degree and a completed doctorate in a relevant area, together with significant postdoctoral research experience, are essential.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 7 May 2018, interviews to follow soon after.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 134303). 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=134303

Research Director for Templeton World Charity Foundation Impact Accelerator
Grade 8: Salary £39,992 - £47,722 per annum

A senior appointment is available immediately for a fixed-term up to 30 June 2020 to work with Professor Andrew Briggs and colleagues. The persons appointed will be responsible for identifying new opportunities for human flourishing through the best of scientific insight and spiritual wisdom. A core output will be a high level report for policy makers.

The Impact Accelerator is a new Templeton World Charity Foundation initiative designed to accelerate the impact of Sir John Templeton’s vision through engagement with opinion leaders. The purpose of these activities will be to develop and communicate resources and insights to encourage individuals and organisations to take seriously the relational and transcendent dimensions of human flourishing. Within that overall purpose, the person appointed will identify where changes in society and technology are taking place which give new opportunities for inquiry, where the uncertainties lie, and what kind of institutional structures can best incubate curiosity about meaning, purpose and truth.

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent experience of research and writing relevant to such questions. Capacity and willingness to engage are more important than the specific discipline. We shall be looking for evidence of interdisciplinary research, with a record of publication and impact commensurate with career path. Willingness and ability to engage with others in collaborative research and dissemination is essential for this post. Availability to start not later than 1 October 2018 is desirable.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 9 May 2018.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 134435). 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=134435

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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