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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.

6 funded projects available at present.

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

Magnesium anodes in ionic liquid electrolytes (DTP)
( Professor Mauro Pasta)

Mechanical Behaviour of solid state lithium ion batteries
( Professor David Armstrong, Professor Peter Bruce)

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

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

X-ray video imaging of solidification to increase materials recirculation
( 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

Energy Storage Laboratory Manager
Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

You will be responsible for the general management of the Energy Storage Laboratory, providing a service to members of the research team, external partners and collaborators working in ES. You will support non-expert researchers using the analytical and battery fabrication tools, but will also have responsibilities for short-to-medium term projects in collaboration with key research partners on a variety of materials research topics.

Our aim is to conduct internationally leading, challenging, and potentially transformative ES research, by providing: integration and extension of existing UK research excellence in energy materials; critical mass of international excellence; collaboration and co-ordination; sharing and accessing of new, state-of-the-art facilities; operating as a beacon for excellence in UK energy storage materials; and providing a pipeline of basic science innovations for UK industry. Oxford University is the lead for the ESPRC SuperGen Energy Storage Hub (Prof Bruce) that involves a large number of academic and industrial partners, who can be integrated into the evolving Royce ES programme.

With a good first degree in Chemistry or a closely related subject, you will have proven experience of ensuring the smooth operation of a university laboratory (or similar research environment). You will be able to work collaboratively as part of a team, building and maintaining effective working relationships with researchers and students from the Materials Department as well as visitors and collaborators from other University departments and industry. You will be well-organised and self-motivated with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research laboratory, able to identify and plan contingencies for potential issues that could disrupt research activity and to carry out appropriate research activities within a given time-scale.

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 Friday 4 January 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 21 January 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 138092). 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=138092

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in NMR Spectroscopy for Battery Materials
Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

The postdoctoral researcher will work in Professor Peter Bruce’s group. You will investigate the structure evolution accompanying anionic redox in high capacity lithium and sodium cathodes with the aim of unlocking the performance of these potentially transformational materials. Achieving this will require an understanding of the fundamental structure-property relationship. Solid-state NMR expertise with inorganic chemistry background is essential. You will develop research objectives and proposals, plan, manage and carry out research in the areas of high-capacity cathodes. You will be expected to collaborate with colleagues in the group who work on other research topics, for example, the development of solid-state electrolytes as part of the recently funded Faraday project.

You will have significant experience and expertise in solid-state NMR, inorganic chemistry and/or electrochemistry. You will have a research background in using solid-state NMR as a key method to investigate the structure and properties of both ordered and disordered materials. You will hold a PhD/DPhil (or be near completion) 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.

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

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 4 January 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place on 10 - 16 Jan 2019 and you must be available on one of these dates, 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 138288). 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=138288

Postdoctoral Researcher in Nanoscale Engineering
Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

The Person
You will hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in a relevant subject area. You will possess a combination of scientific and technical skills that can help develop next generation technologies within the infrastructure constraints we have access to or can realistically build up. You will have exceptional initiative and the ability to work independently at the highest level, including a demonstrable ability to complete projects and manage your own area of academic research.

The Project
The Advanced Nanoscale Engineering Group is seeking highly motivated innovators and scientists to develop and lead new projects as postdoctoral researchers. The ability to think outside the box with creativity and having the drive and ambition to develop those ideas in a highly experimental laboratory is what we value in our colleagues. The right candidates will have the freedom to pursue their own ideas in addition to contributing to funded programs in an open and collaborative research group. You will be working to further research in either 1) the rapidly emerging area of Phase Change Photonics, especially in emerging non-von Neumann computing, a field in which we have made significant strides in recent years and/or 2) in emerging frontiers of nanomanufacturing, particularly additive nanomanufacturing.

You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 11 January 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials in late January/early February 2019 and you must be available to attend 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 137990). 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=137990

Laboratory Manager - Quantum Nanotechnologies
Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

We are looking for a Laboratory Manager to ensure the smooth operation of the Quantum Nanotechnologies Laboratory. You will possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the area of cryogenic systems, microwave electronics, and nanofabrication to support the experimental facilities on a daily basis. The position is available for a fixed-term to 31 December 2021.

You will be responsible for operating, maintaining and repairing equipment in the laboratory. You will provide training and practical supervision of external users, students and other researchers, and be responsible for ensuring there is a strong safety culture in the laboratory. You will provide ongoing support to research projects in the Quantum Nanomaterials Laboratory.

You will have significant engineering and technical expertise and experience, ideally supported by a postgraduate degree in physics, materials science, engineering or a related area. Good communication skills are also essential, including the ability to train all levels of users in the use of this specialised equipment, and to write training and other manuals. Ability to start by March 2019 or sooner would be desirable.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 14 January 2019.

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.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 138461). 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=138461

 

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