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The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan Silver 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.

12 funded projects available at present.

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

*Architectures and algorithms for near-future quantum machine learning and optimization
( Prof S C Benjamin)

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

*DNA sequencing using graphene nanoelectrodes
( Dr J. A. Mol and Professor G. A. D. Briggs)

*DPhil in Photonics – Nanomanufacturing devices
( Professor H Bhaskaran)

*Efficient quantum device tuning using machine learning
( Edward Laird, Natalia Ares, Andrew Briggs, Simon Benjamin)

*Exploring low energy excitations with electron microscopy
( Dr R J Nicholls, Prof J R Yates, Prof P D Nellist)

*Linking Microstructure to Neutron Irradiation Defects in Advanced Manufacture of Steels
( Prof M P Moody)

*Micro-mechanical testing of SiC/SiC Composites for Aerospace applications
( Dr D.E.J.Armstrong)

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

*Stress Hot Spots in Ti alloys
( Prof A J Wilkinson)

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

Department of Materials in association with Corpus Christi College

Associate Professorship or Professorship of Materials
Salary from £45,562 per annum

Applications are invited for the post of Associate Professor of Materials to be held in the Department of Materials, with effect from 1st September 2017 or soon thereafter. The successful candidate will work at the Department of Materials and will also be appointed to a Tutorial Fellowship at Corpus Christi College. The salary will be on a scale currently starting at £45,562 per annum plus additional benefits. The appointment will be initially for five years at which point, upon completion of a successful review, the post holder will be eligible for reappointment to the retiring age.

We are seeking an exceptional candidate who will contribute to strengthening our research activities in any area of physical metallurgy or closely related area. The successful candidate will have a record of internationally excellent research evidenced by strong publications and other outputs, and of success in securing grant and/or industrial funding at a level commensurate with their career stage. The successful candidate will have a doctorate in materials science or a closely related subject, or equivalent experience.

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

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 127057). To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:

Further particulars, containing details of the application procedure and duties, may also be obtained from the Head of Department, Professor Patrick Grant (, to whom any queries about the post should also be addressed.

The closing date for applications is the 7th April 2017, and we expect to be interviewing for the post in late May or June 2017.

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

The University is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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