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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:

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


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.

8 funded projects available at present.

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

Circuit compilers for near-term quantum computers
( Professor S C Benjamin)

Engineering nitrogen-vacancy centres in diamond using laser writing
( Jason Smith (Materials) with Patrick Salter and Martin Booth (Engineering Science))

Imperfect quantum technology: Exploiting first generation quantum computers
( Prof S C Benjamin)

Li and Na wetting of cathode ceramics
( Professor Martin Castell)

Micromechanical Studies of Fatigue in Superalloys
( Prof Angus J Wilkinson and Dr Jicheng Gong)

New approaches to the cathode-solid electrolyte interface in the manufacture of solid-state batteries
( Professor P S Grant, Professor Mauro Pasta and Professor P G Bruce)

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

Associate Professor of Materials (Energy Storage Materials)
Grade 30S: £47,263 - £63,463 p.a.


Applications are invited for the post of Associate Professor of Materials to be held in the Department of Materials, with effect from 1 September 2019 or soon thereafter. The successful candidate will work at the Department of Materials and also will be appointed to a Tutorial Fellowship at The Queen’s College.

The salary will be on a scale currently starting at £47,263 p.a. plus substantial additional benefits including a housing allowance of £13,920 p.a., access to joint equity scheme or housing loan or the right to occupy housing owned by the college, a College research allowance of £3,070 p.a., access to private medical insurance scheme, and an allowance for additional guidance and welfare responsibilities to students of £3,120 p.a. after the first year in post. An additional allowance of £2,754 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title. The appointment will be initially for 5 years at which point, upon completion of a successful review, the postholder will be eligible for reappointment to the retiring age.

We are seeking an exceptional candidate who will complement our existing activities, with a particular focus on any aspect of energy storage materials or a closely related area, and who will contribute to strengthening our teaching and research. The successful candidate will have a doctorate in materials science or a closely related subject, and will have a record of internationally excellent research, supported by strong publications commensurate with their career stage.

The successful candidate will be required: to build an independent research group that produces research outputs of the highest international quality, to disseminate that research, to engage in knowledge transfer activities, to generate and manage external funding; to teach, supervise and examine undergraduate and postgraduate research students; and to participate in the administration of the department and college.

Queries about the post should be addressed to the Co-Head of Department, Professor Peter Nellist: email:; tel: 01865 273737, or to the Provost of The Queen’s College, Professor Paul Madden: email: All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence and will not form part of the selection decision.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 24 April 2019, and we expect to be interviewing for the post in mid-May 2019.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University of Oxford.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 138188). To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:


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Administrative and Technical Staff Jobs

Support Job

Personal Assistant and Project Administrator - Professor of Nanomaterials
Grade 5: £25,482 - £30,395 p.a.

We are looking for an organised and effective Personal Assistant for Professor Andrew Briggs, Professor of Nanomaterials, to support him in his diverse research activities and work with Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF). His work includes writing and engaging with a wide range of opinion leaders nationally and internationally.

Duties will include providing PA support, office organisation, meeting administration, assisting with events organisation, and co-ordinating projects. You will work closely with Professor Briggs, will report to the Senior Project Manager for TWCF Projects and Themes, and will need to develop good working relationships with outside academics and TWCF staff.

This is a fixed-term post to 31 December 2021. The post is full-time but flexible working could be supported; this will be discussed with shortlisted applicants at interview.

You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your application.

All applications must be made online, no later than 12.00 noon on Friday 3 May 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 14 May 2019 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 140138). To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:










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