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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: hannah.gilbert@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
( Professor Richard Todd, Professor Peter Nellist and from Element 6 Global Innovation Centre: Dr Roger Nilen, Dr Ed Eardley )

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

*Towards scalable quantum processors using diamond colour centres
( Professor Jason Smith)

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

*X-ray video imaging of solidification to increase materials recirculation
( Prof Patrick Grant / Dr Enzo Liotti)

Additive manufacture of adaptive materials for communications applications
( Professor Patrick Grant)

Super alumina: oxide nanocomposites for armour
( Professor Richard Todd, Professor Peter Nellist, Dr Antonio Pellegrino)

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 the Synthesis of Magnetic Molecular Complexes for Spintronics
Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,883 p.a.

The Person
With a PhD (or close to completing one) in the physical sciences you will be self-motivated, with a strong commitment to research. You will have expertise in the chemical synthesis of magnetic molecular complexes and a good fundamental understanding of the relevant areas of science. We are looking for someone who has great communication skills; able to prepare scientific publications in world-class journals and able to present their research at international conferences.

The Project
Reporting in to Professor Lapo Bogani, you will be focusing on the synthesis of novel molecular magnets tailored to be immobilized inside single-molecule junctions. You will be creating novel ligands and complexes to test dingle-molecule spintronic devices connected across graphene nanogaps. You will be based in the department of Materials in Oxford, working collaboratively with other research groups. To find out more about this project, you can view the relevant papers at: https://queenprogramme.org/.

Benefits
38 days holidays including Bank Holidays, subsidised travel scheme, excellent pension scheme, comprehensive childcare service, flexible working.

How to Apply
All applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your application.

Next Steps
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 27 August 2018. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 11 September 2018 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 135930). 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=135930

Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Micromechanics and Materials for Fusion and Fission Power

The Person
With a PhD in materials science or related discipline you will be self-motivated, able to plan and deliver a research project. You will have a background in and be able to demonstrate experience of micro-scale mechanical testing of structural materials, and experience of microstructural characterisation including some of SEM, EBSD, EDX, XRD. You will also be experienced in using FIB or FIB-SEM instruments for manufacture of micro-scale specimens.

The Project
This work is funded by the EPSRC in collaboration with USA and Indian funding agencies, with collaborators in the UK at Sheffield and Manchester Universities. You will research into the effects of radiation damage on the microstructure and mechanical properties of novel high entropy alloys for nuclear power applications. You will be in charge of designing and implementing ion irradiation experiments at the University of Surrey National Ion Beam Centre. You will study how the structure of the alloys is changed by irradiation and develop and use novel micro-mechanical testing methods to understand how the mechanical behaviour is influenced by irradiation damage. You will be expected to attend project meetings in the UK, USA, and India and contribute to project reports and disseminate results through conferences and papers.

Remuneration
Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,883 p.a.

Benefits
38 days holidays including Bank Holidays, subsidised travel scheme, excellent pension scheme, comprehensive childcare service, flexible working.

How to Apply All applications must be made online using the Oxford University E-Recruitment system, no later than 12 noon on 27 August 2018. You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application.

Next Steps
Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials in the week commencing 10 September 2018 and will be held either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 135899). 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=135899

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Endohedral Fullerene Chemistry
Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,883 p.a.

The Role
This two-year post, fixed-term for 24 months, is part of the project entitled ‘Interlocked fullerene and endohedral metallofullerene hosts for molecular machine-like sensing’, and is funded as part of a collaborative EPSRC project with Professor Paul Beer and Professor Jason Davis (Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford).

The Project
The project involves developing functionalisation methods for the synthesis of endohedral fullerene derivatives with specific functionality for use in molecular machine-like sensing. You will work under the supervision of Professor Kyriakos Porfyrakis FRSC (Associate Professor of Materials, EPSRC Fellow and Head of Laboratory for Carbon Nanomaterials).

In this role you will support the development of synthetic protocols for production and functionalization of endohedral fullerenes, including but not limited to, tethered addition of functional groups to the fullerene cage. You will be responsible for the synthesis and purification of materials and for their spectroscopic characterization via UV-Vis absorption, mass spectrometry and other characterisation techniques.

The Person
You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil (or be close to completion) in the field of chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or a closely related subject area. You should have proven skills in in the synthesis and functionalisation of endohedral fullerenes, together with expertise in handling sensitive materials via Schlenk line techniques and soxhlet processing. We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively within a group and someone with a willingness to work with collaborators on other Departments, as well as to travel abroad for conferences.

Benefits
38 days holidays including Bank Holidays, subsidised travel scheme, excellent pension scheme, comprehensive childcare service, flexible working.

How to Apply
All applications must be made online using the Oxford University E-Recruitment system, no later than 12 noon on 31 August 2018. You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application.

Next Steps
Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 24 September 2018 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 135693). 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=135693

Research Coordinator
Grade 8: £39,992 - £47,722 p.a.

The Person
You will have a good first degree and a completed doctorate in Lithium batteries or closely related subject, as well as a strong record of journal publication or other output record. We are looking for someone who is able to demonstrate experimental expertise; with the ability to apply relevant analytical skills, techniques and methods in: solid state chemistry; materials chemistry; electrochemistry; surface science; or spectroscopy. You will be able to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation, with the ability to solve problems flexibly and think outside of the box. You will have excellent administrative and leadership skills and will be able to help students and staff with their research and academic duties a coordinate complex research projects.

The Project
Working as part of a team of Professor Peter Bruce we are working on various aspects of batteries.

The Department
The Department is one of ten within the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division of the University of Oxford, and one of world’s leading materials teaching and research institutions. According to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014 assessment, 98% of the Department’s Overall Research was awarded the 3 (38% - internationally excellent) and the highest 4 (60% - world-leading) rating, and for Research Impact we were the highest performing materials department in the UK with 90% of our submission receiving the 4* rating. National league tables (Guardian, Times Good University Guide) regularly place us as the UK’s top materials department.

How to Apply
All applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV, publications record and a supporting statement as part of your application. The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 27 August 2018. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 25 September 2018 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 135789). 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=135789

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Synthesis and Characterisation of Molecular Graphene Nanoribbons
Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,883 p.a.

The Person
With a good first degree and a completed doctorate (or close to completion) in the chemical sciences, you will be self-motivated, with a strong commitment to research and well organised. You will have excellent communication skills (able to present research at international conferences and prepare papers for world-class journals). You will also be able to demonstrate your expertise in the synthesis of molecular graphene nanoribbons and/or poly-aromatic molecular materials.

The Project
Our laboratory has taken a proactive role in creating molecular systems that can be controlled via light and in investigating the first magnetic systems based on molecular nanoribbons. You will be joining the final span of the OptoQMol as well as the initial stage of the MMGNRs ERC project. You will be moving from one project to the other to transfer your technical know-how and scientific expertise. We work as part of a vibrant team, and the group is based in two recently renovated chemical labs, with excellent characterization possibilities.

Benefits
38 days holidays including Bank Holidays, subsidised travel scheme, excellent pension scheme, comprehensive childcare service, flexible working.

How to Apply
All applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your application.

Next Steps
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 29 August 2018. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 17 September 2018 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 135931). 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=135931

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Manufacture, Structure and Performance of Next Generation Li-ion Batteries
Grade 7: £31,604 – £38,833 p.a.

The Person
With a PhD in materials science or a relevant science and engineering discipline you will have experimental, hands on experience of the synthesis, manufacture or fabrication of energy storage materials and/or devices with a preference for experience in functional rather than structural materials. We are looking for someone who is well organised and self-motivated, with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project. In this post you will be developing novel manufacturing approaches for structured electrodes with controlled variations in microstructure to enable new electrode materials, electrolyte materials and device designs, and their characterisation and assessment.

The Project
Funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) we are working as part of a large multi-partner programme (led by Oxford University). The programme as a whole spans the modelling, materials synthesis, device fabrication and testing of next generation Li-ion batteries. This includes cathode, anode and electrolyte materials, novel devices and both liquid and solid-state electrolytes, and we are looking at practical applications in mobile, electric vehicle and grid scale energy storage. As part of this broad project, we are looking for someone who enjoys collaboration with others, as you will be working closely with Professor Peter Bruce and his group, as well as with groups in other collaborating Universities.

Benefits
38 days holidays including Bank Holidays, subsidised travel scheme, excellent pension scheme, comprehensive childcare service, flexible working.

How to Apply
All applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement on how you match the selection criteria as part of your application.

Next Steps
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 29 August 2018. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 20 September 2018 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 136049). 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=136049

SuperSTEM Senior Research Scientist
Grade 8: £39,992 - £47,722 p.a.

The Person
You will have a PhD in physics, materials, engineering, biology or a related field, or equivalent experience, with significant postdoctoral research experience in advanced electron microscopy. We are looking for someone with a high level of expertise in both the theory and practical operation of aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopes; with the organisation and self-motivation to be able to support a wide range of users and a variety of research programmes simultaneously. You will have excellent communication skills and will be able to work cooperatively with colleagues at all levels.

The Project
This post has been created to provide research leadership and user support at the SuperSTEM Laboratory, the UK National Research Facility for Advanced Electron Microscopy. You would be based at the SciTech Daresbury Campus, but the post is associated with the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford (which is one of the SuperSTEM Consortium universities). This role is available for an immediate start and will be offered on an open-ended externally funded basis.

SuperSTEM
The SuperSTEM Laboratory is a world-leading electron microscopy centre specialised in the direct imaging of atomic structures, as well as the determination of elemental composition, along with chemical and bonding analysis down to single atom precision. As such, it supports the elucidation of structure-property relationships in advanced materials and devices for the benefit of the scientific user community, stemming from fields as diverse as condensed matter physics, catalysis, bio-materials research, chemistry, mineralogy, nuclear materials research among many others. Established in 2001, it operates since 2011 as the EPSRC National Research Facility for Advanced Electron Microscopy (EM), under a contract recently renewed until March 2022.

Benefits
38 days holidays including Bank Holidays, subsidised travel scheme, excellent pension scheme, comprehensive childcare service, flexible working.

How to Apply

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

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 7 September 2018. Interviews are scheduled to take place at SuperSTEM on SciTech Daresbury Campus on 25 September 2018 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 135628). 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=135628

Career Development Fellowship in Solid-state Li (and Na) metal batteries
Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

The Person
You will be a well organised and self-motivated scientist, with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, identify research objectives, generate new research ideas and carry out appropriate research activities within a given timescale. You will partake in the running of the group helping with training of other group members as required. You will be committed to undergraduate teaching and pastoral care; prepared to be a regular presence in the college and to contribute to college life. You will be able to work co-operatively with colleagues in an extremely fast-paced and intellectually stimulating environment. You will have a good first degree and, by the time you join us you will also need to have a completed doctorate in a relevant area.

The Role
In association with St Edmund Hall, this Fellowship is intended to provide a career development opportunity for an early-career scholar and will give the successful candidate the opportunity to develop their research portfolio and to strengthen their future position in the academic job market. You will be working at the University of Oxford (based in the Department of Materials), in collaboration with and under the supervision of Professors Mauro Pasta, David Armstrong and Jonathan Yates. You will be part of a close-knit research group, working collaboratively with colleagues such as Professors Martin Castell, Chris Grovenor, Peter Nellist, Patrick Grant and Peter Bruce; as well as their associated research groups.

Please note that we are also recruiting for a similar role at a Grade 8 - please see vacancy ID 136415.

Applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV (which includes a list of your publications) and a Supporting Statement as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 14 September 2018. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 1 October 2018 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 136414). 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=136414

Career Development Fellowship in Solid-state Li (and Na) metal batteries
Grade 8: £39,992 - £47,722 p.a.

The Person
You will be a well organised and self-motivated scientist, with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, identify research objectives, generate new research ideas and carry out appropriate research activities within a given timescale. You will partake in the running of the group helping with training of other group members as required. You will be committed to undergraduate teaching and pastoral care; prepared to be a regular presence in the college and to contribute to college life. You will be able to work co-operatively with colleagues in an extremely fast-paced and intellectually stimulating environment. You will have a good first degree and, by the time you join us you will also need to have a completed doctorate in a relevant area.

The Role
In association with St Edmund Hall, this Fellowship is intended to provide a career development opportunity for an early-career scholar and will give the successful candidate the opportunity to develop their research portfolio and to strengthen their future position in the academic job market. You will be working at the University of Oxford (based in the Department of Materials), in collaboration with and under the supervision of Professors Mauro Pasta, David Armstrong and Jonathan Yates. You will be part of a close-knit research group, working collaboratively with colleagues such as Professors Martin Castell, Chris Grovenor, Peter Nellist, Patrick Grant and Peter Bruce; as well as their associated research groups.

Please note that we are also recruiting for a similar role at a Grade 7 - please see vacancy ID 136414.

Applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV (which includes a list of your publications) and a Supporting Statement as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 14 September 2018. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 1 October 2018 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 136415). 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=136415

 

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