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The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan Bronze 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.

2 funded projects available at present.

*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 Characterisation of Radiation Damage
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £35,550 per annum Department of Materials

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to conduct experimental research in characterisation of radiation damage in materials for fusion and/or fission power applications. The research will be performed within a large, multi-faceted group within Oxford Materials, and in collaboration with external bodies such as the UK Atomic Energy Authority. The research will be centred around characterisation of radiation defect structures arising from irradiation by heavy ions, protons and neutrons of structural nuclear materials. The post is fixed-term for up to 2 years.

The post is funded via an EPSRC Platform Grant, the purpose of which is to maintain and build the strength of the group, and to underpin career development of early-career researchers; as such, we expect that the successful applicant will develop their own research themes and be in a position to make a strong application for a personal Research Fellowship during the timeframe of this appointment.

You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil in materials science or a related field and possess specialist knowledge, experience and skills related to the field of characterisation of radiation damage in nuclear materials, by electron microscopy and/or related techniques.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 28 September 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 130140). 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=130140

The Department of Materials has been awarded departmental Bronze Athena SWAN status in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women. Job applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Energy Storage Laboratory Manager
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £38,833 per annum

We are seeking a Laboratory Manager, who will be responsible for the general management and operation of the Energy Storage Laboratory. You will provide a service to members of the research team, external partners and collaborators, supporting non-expert researchers using the analytical and battery fabrication tools. The post is fixed-term for up to 3 years. You will ensure that equipment within the laboratory operates effectively and safely, and be responsible for booking and scheduling use of multi-operator equipment. You will provide training and supervision, instructing students, research staff and other technicians in the safe and efficient operation of equipment. You will also be involved in supporting ongoing energy storage research projects in collaboration with key research partners.

You will have a good first degree and a completed doctorate (or close to completion) in Chemistry or a closely related subject, along with proven experience of ensuring the smooth operation of a university laboratory or similar research environment, including maintenance and repair of equipment. You will also have extensive experience in one or more of the following techniques:

lab-scale Li-ion battery manufacturing;
electrochemical characterization;
X-ray diffraction;
thermogravimetric analysis;
differential scanning calorimetry;
Raman spectroscopy;
electron microscopy techniques (SEM and TEM).

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 2 October 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 130705 ). 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=130705

The Department of Materials has been awarded departmental Bronze Athena SWAN status in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women. Job applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Fabrication Engineer and Laboratory Manager
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £35,550 per annum

A vacancy has arisen for an Engineer and Laboratory Manager with hands on experience in micro and nanofabrication processes to join the Department of Materials. You will be responsible for the efficient operation of the Advanced Nanoscale Engineering (ANE) Laboratory, providing a service to members of the research team, external partners and collaborators working with Prof Harish Bhaskaran and the ANE senior researchers. The post is fixed-term for up to 2 years.

You will be responsible for developing and documenting the fabrication processes and for working alongside other postdoctoral and doctoral researchers to make devices, samples and tape-out masks. You will support researchers using analytical and nanoscale fabrication tools, setting up experiments, preparing and analysing nanoscale devices, then reconstructing and interpreting the results. You will be required to schedule and manage any repairs and service instruments in a timely manner without adversely impacting research productivity.

You will have a postgraduate or undergraduate degree or equivalent technical qualification in Physics, Materials, Engineering or a related field. You will also have experience in using and maintaining a range of metrology or imaging tools including Optical Microscopes SEMs and AFMs.

We would consider an appointment at Grade 6 (£28,098 - £31,604) as a training and development opportunity.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 27 September 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 130849 ). 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=130849

The Department of Materials has been awarded departmental Bronze Athena SWAN status in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women. Job applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Research Project Manager
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £38,833

We have an excellent opportunity for a Research Project Manager with an understanding of battery science to be involved in running two major research consortia: the Supergen Energy Storage Hub and Enabling Next Generation Lithium Batteries. Both of these have multi-million pound budgets and involve several leading UK universities.

You will work closely with Prof Bruce and his group to monitor and ensure timely delivery of project milestones. You will facilitate excellent communication across the activities and groups within these programmes, including partners in other universities and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). You will also interact with stakeholders outside academia, such as in industry and government.

You will have a good first degree and a completed doctorate in a relevant area or industrial research experience (preferably batteries or similar). You will be good problem solver with a can do attitude, and have the organisational skills to deliver projects with conflicting pressures and deadlines. You will also have the ability to communicate scientific concepts clearly and concisely to a range of audiences, both within and outside of academia.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 13 October 2017

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 130999 ). 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=130999

The Department of Materials has been awarded departmental Bronze Athena SWAN status in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Mechanical Behaviour of High Entropy Alloys
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 - £34,956 per annum

We are seeking a PDRA to work on a project entitled ‘Radiation Resistant High Entropy Alloys for Fast Reactor Cladding Applications.’ This is a program lead by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA and University of Oxford in the UK. The PDRA will lead the UK research into alloys with close collaboration with the USA team. Travel to the USA partners will be required throughout the project. The post is fixed-term for up to 3 years. 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 regular project meetings in the UK and USA, contribute to project reports and disseminate results through conferences and papers.

You will hold (or be close to completing) a doctorate in materials science or related discipline. You will 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 closing date for applications is 12 noon on 16 October 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 130952 ). 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=130952

The Department of Materials has been awarded departmental Bronze Athena SWAN status in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women. Job applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Single Molecule Transistors and Nanodevices (two posts)
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £35,550 per annum

Two postdoctoral research appointments in the fabrication and investigation of molecular quantum devices are available, each for a fixed-term of 36 months. The posts will be under the supervision of Professor Andrew Briggs and his colleagues. The persons appointed will fabricate and test single-molecule electronic devices connected across graphene nanogaps, including characterisation of charge transport behaviour at a range of temperatures (20 mK, 4 K, 77 K and 298 K).

A breakthrough in the development of single-molecule transistors has come with the development of nanogaps in graphene for electrodes, leading to unprecedented stability and reproducibility of devices. There is now an urgent need to understand the electronic behaviour of these devices in greater detail, particularly: (i) in the presence of a temperature gradient; (ii) in devices fabricated from larger molecules (5–20 nm) or nanoribbons. These full-time posts offer an excellent opportunity to make progress towards emerging quantum technologies through fundamental scientific discovery.

By the start date applicants must have completed a doctorate in a relevant physical science and have an outstanding track record of research and publications, commensurate with stage in career. Applicants will have research experience in investigating charge transport through nanodevices. Experience of low temperature charge-transport experiments is desirable. Willingness and ability to engage with others in collaborative research is essential for this post. Availability to start on or before 1 January 2018 would be desirable.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 25 October 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 130944 ). 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=130944

The Department of Materials has been awarded departmental Bronze Athena SWAN status in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women. Job applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

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

Administrative and Technical Staff Jobs

Support Job

Maintenance Technician
Grade 4: £21,585 to £24,983 per annum, with a discretionary range to £27,285 per annum (pro-rata for part-time)

We are looking for a Maintenance Technician to join the Department of Materials’ Buildings and Facilities team. Working under the direction of the Facilities Manager, you will provide in-house maintenance services to the Department. You will also co-ordinate, assist and provide day-to-day support during building alterations, room moves and refurbishments, as well as planned maintenance activities. This is a permanent position and will be part-time, working 30 hours per week (0.8219 FTE).

You will work closely with academic staff, support staff, students, the University Safety Office and University Estates Directorate and is required to accumulate a sound working knowledge of the buildings, plant, equipment, systems, policies and procedures in order to maintain the operational requirements necessary for a research orientated University department.

You will have previous experience in building maintenance including small building projects, as well as good all round skills in DIY. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and of current COSHH and Manual Handling Regulations, including a good understanding on the use of various gasses and associated regulators. You will also have a ‘can do’ approach, and be able to work well with team members and provide a high level of customer service to the department.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 5 October 2017

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 131184 ). 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=131184

The Department of Materials has been awarded departmental Bronze Athena SWAN status in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women.

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