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The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan Silver Award holder (http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/gender/athenaswan/) 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.

4 funded projects available at present.

***The Effect of Microstructure on Strength and Fracture Resistance of Nuclear Graphite
( James Marrow, David Nowell (Engineering))

*Defect engineering in diamond for magnetic field imaging and gradiometry
( Prof Jason Smith and Prof Martin Booth, Dept of Engineering Science)

*Putting spins into carbon nanostructures
( Dr L. Bogani and Professor G. A. D. Briggs)

Flash Sintering of Non-Oxide Ceramics for Armour
( R I Todd, R Livesey (Dstl))

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 Single Photon Source Devices
Grade 7: Salary in the range £30,738 - £34,576 per annum

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Photonic Nanomaterials Group, led by Professor Jason Smith. You will become a key member of a team working towards the development of triggered single photon sources based on single point defects in diamond situated in optical microcavities. Such devices are approaching the point where they are commercially attractive, and the appointee will carry out laboratory work to develop elements of a prototype device and to test the performance of the completed prototype. The post is fixed-term to 31st October 2018.

You will develop components and methods for producing aligned emitter-cavity modules, and test modules and the finished devices for optical specifications (fidelity, efficiency, spectrum, mode properties) and for robustness and longevity. The work will be carried out in the Materials Department in Oxford, and will be in partnership with the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics in Glasgow, where the prototype will be constructed, and in consultation with ID Quantique, a leading commercial supplier of instrumentation for quantum communications.

You will have (or be close to completing) a PhD/DPhil in Physics, Materials Science or Engineering, together with research experience in photonics. You will have the ability to design, build and test apparatus or components in a laboratory context, and be able to demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of quantum optics and cavity QED. Ability to start work on or before 1st June 2017 would be desirable.

The closing date for applications is midday on 5 May 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 128295). 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=128295

The Department of Materials is actively promoting the provision of a family friendly working environment and together with the University of Oxford recognises the demands of work/life balance. Therefore for this project we encourage applications from candidates who wish either to hold these positions on a full time, or part time basis or need flexibility in their working hours and will discuss these opportunities with shortlisted applicants at interview.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Dislocation Dynamics
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 - £34,956 p.a. (pro rata for part-time)

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant who will be based in the Department of Materials and will collaborate closely with the Solid Mechanics & Materials Engineering group in the Engineering Department. You will be part of a small team developing dislocation based models for engineering alloys, and will focus on developing and using a 3D discrete dislocation plasticity code. This post is fixed-term for up to 3 years.

A state of the art 3D discrete dislocation plasticity code is being developed and used to simulate micromechanical tests and the effect of hydrogen on mechanical behaviour. You will be involved in developing, and debugging and accelerating the code using GPU computing. You will also be using the code to perform simulations of micromechanical tests being performed in Oxford and will work with members of the Hydrogen in metals project (HeMS) to solve the diffusion equation using FEM and incorporate this within the DDP code to simulate the influence of hydrogen on dislocation plasticity. Other duties include writing and collaborating on papers for journal publications and attending and presenting at project meetings and conferences.

You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil (or be close to completion) together with relevant experience. You will have experience of writing and debugging code in Matlab, and either C or CUDA. You will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of either FEM or discrete dislocation dynamics.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 126433 ). 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=126433

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 26 May 2017. Interviews are scheduled to be held on 22 June 2017.

The Department of Materials is actively promoting the provision of a family friendly working environment and together with the University of Oxford recognises the demands of work/life balance. Therefore for this project we encourage applications from candidates who wish either to hold these positions on a full time, or part time basis or need flexibility in their working hours and will discuss these opportunities with shortlisted applicants at interview.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantum Optimisation and Machine Learning
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 - £38,183 with a discretionary range to £41,709

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantum Optimisation and Machine Learning (QOML), an emerging interdisciplinary research area at the interface of two highly active fields: quantum technology and machine learning. You will combine methods from these fields to explore potential applications. This position is fixed-term for up to 30 months; applicants should have expertise in one of the two areas but need not have experience in both.

You will analyse and develop techniques for performing machine learning or optimisation tasks with the aid of quantum hardware.

During the first year, the project will be supported by our industrial partner, BP. After the first year, the project will be primarily supported by NQIT, the UK’s Networked Quantum Information Technology Hub (NQIT). You will work closely with Professor Simon Benjamin and other members of his Oxford-based research group, and with members of the UK-wide NQIT Hub especially Dr Michael Gutmann in Edinburgh, along with the industrial partner BP. You will also have opportunities to supervise the work of graduate research students.

You will hold (or be close to completing) a relevant doctorate in quantum physics, or alternatively in machine learning or computational statistics; for the latter cases, prior experience with quantum science is not essential, but you should have an interest in exploring the world of quantum physics. You will be able to demonstrate expertise in one of the following areas: quantum technology including quantum computing, or alternatively machine learning / computational statistics. Candidates need not have prior experience in both areas.

The closing date for applications is midday on 31 May 2017. Interviews are scheduled to held on 20 June 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 128269 ). 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=128269

The Department of Materials is actively promoting the provision of a family friendly working environment and together with the University of Oxford recognises the demands of work/life balance. Therefore for this project we encourage applications from candidates who wish either to hold these positions on a full time, or part time basis or need flexibility in their working hours and will discuss these opportunities with shortlisted applicants at interview.

Also see http://www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/

Administrative and Technical Staff Jobs

Support Job

Finance Assistant (maternity cover) Grade 4: £21,220 to £24,565 per annum

We are seeking a Finance Assistant to cover a maternity period for a fixed-term of 12 months. You will join the Materials finance team, who provide an excellent service to our busy department. You will need to quickly learn the role and form effective working relationships with colleagues. A start date in early July would be preferred.

As a key point of contact for the team you will respond to enquiries and provide advice, referring to the Finance Officer where necessary. Duties will include preparing invoices for payment, setting up purchase orders and using the Oracle Financial system. You will maintain good working relationships with key suppliers and the University's central finance office, and ensure all financial transactions are carried out in accordance with financial regulations.

You will be educated to GCSE standard or equivalent and have experience of financial administration, including use of a financial system. You will have strong IT skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and databases. You will also need good organisational skills and strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to interact with staff at all levels.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 3 May 2017

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 128511 ). 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=128511

Also see http://www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/