Vacancies

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.

1 funded projects available at present.

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

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.

Research Staff

Research Job

Senior Research Fellow in Quantum Effects in Electronic Nanodevices (QuEEN)
Grade 8: Salary in the range £38,896 - £46,414.

We are seeking to appoint a Senior Research Fellow, working to develop single molecule devices for conceptual breakthroughs and eventual applications in low-energy computing. This post is fixed-term to 31 December 2021.

The core aim of the EPSRC-funded QuEEN Programme Grant is to investigate quantum effects in molecules in devices, with a view to discovering fundamental science and harnessing the properties for practical technologies. Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the post includes operational-level coordination of the scientific programme of QuEEN, assisting with the supervision and training of staff members working on the programme, and being a member of the QuEEN management committee.

You will have post-doctoral research experience in nanoscience, specifically in a field of quantum transport or molecular devices. You will have a strong publication record commensurate with stage in career, and an ability to independently plan and manage a research project, including a research budget.

The Department of Materials, with the University of Oxford, recognises the demands of work/life balance and therefore encourages applications from candidates who wish to hold these positions, on a full time, or part time basis, or need flexibility in their working hours. These opportunities will be discussed at interview with shortlisted applicants. An appointment at Grade 7 (£30,738 - £37,768) would be considered as a development opportunity.

The closing date for applications is midday on 12 September 2016 with interviews scheduled to be held on 13 October 2016.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 124676 ). 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=124676

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Deformation Processes in Hexagonal Metals
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,738 - £34,576 p.a.

The Oxford Micromechanics Group is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the HexMat programme (“Heterogeneous Mechanics in Hexagonal Alloys across Length and Time Scales”). You will be involved both in hands-on mechanical testing at appropriate length scales, SEM, FIB and HR-EBSD analysis and in numerical computational work. The post is available for a fixed-term to 31 May 2018. Reporting to Professor Angus J Wilkinson, you will continue the development and application of small-scale mechanical testing procedures (e.g. nanoindentation, micro-pillar compression, micro-cantilever bending) for extraction of engineering relevant materials properties and/or characterisation of residual stress and dislocation densities at the microstructural scale within deformed hexagonal metals (using DIC, HR-EBSD FIB hole drilling etc.).

You will have (by the start date) a doctorate in materials science or a relevant physics or engineering discipline. You will have experimental, hands-on experience in mechanical testing including design of novel test structures preferably at the micro-scale. You will also have experience in scanning electron microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction including high angular resolution EBSD for strain mapping, and/or FIB/SEM analysis of deformation processes.

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.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 1st September 2016, with interviews scheduled to be held on 16th September 2016.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 124672). 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=124672

Postdoctoral Research Assistants in the Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Novel Manufacture and Properties of Energy Storage Devices
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,738 to £34,576 p.a.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research assistant to develop innovative manufacturing approaches for electrodes and device architectures for next generation Li-ion batteries. The focus of the research is the fabrication and assessment of structured electrodes that have a designed and controlled spatially varying microstructure fabricated and tested using state-of-the-art manufacturing, characterisation and measurement facilities. The post is available for up to three years.

Initial tasks will involve close working with the small team of technicians and existing researchers to learn our bespoke processing approach. A further near term requirement is to work with project partners to understand in more detail the key characteristics required for advanced performance.

Successful candidates will have (by the start date) a doctorate in materials science, chemistry or relevant engineering discipline and be experimental scientists or process engineers with experience in the fabrication of particulate materials and components/devices and their electrochemical and structural characterisation. Excellent communication skills and enthusiasm to work with collaborating research groups across the UK are essential.

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.

The closing date for applications is midday on 9 September 2016.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 124753). 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=124753

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Administrative Staff Jobs

Support Job

Academic Administrative Assistant
Grade 4: £20,989 to £24,298 per annum

We are looking for a well-organised administrative assistant with previous experience in office administration and good computer skills (including but not limited to word processing and spreadsheets) to join our team providing effective support to the undergraduate aspects of the Department’s activities and its examinations processes. This is a permanent role.

Reporting to the Deputy Administrator (Academic), you will support all aspects of undergraduate administration including preparation of course documentation and the maintenance of material on the undergraduate WebLearn website; the examinations process including the preparation of examination papers; inputting and collating data and maintaining records, organising paperwork and catering for meetings and events. This is a varied role in which you will liaise with students, staff at all levels, examiners, colleges and central university offices & services to ensure the successful delivery of the course.

As well as sound office administration skills you will demonstrate excellent organisational and interpersonal skills with the ability to use your own initiative, a flexible approach to work and a willingness to learn. You will be able to manage and prioritise a varied and busy workload and work to deadlines. You will be tactful and discreet when dealing with sensitive and confidential information. Excellent computer skills, including: email, Word and Excel are essential.

The post is full-time but flexible working could be supported during school holidays, apart from during the peak examinations period (May to mid-July).

The closing date for applications is midday on Monday 22 August 2016.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 124328 ). 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=124328

PA and Project Assistant
Grade 5: £24,298 to £28,982 per annum

We are looking for a PA and Project Assistant with experience of diary management and financial administration, along with excellent computer skills, to join the departmental administration team. You will provide high-level administrative support, personal assistant duties and research grant support to nominated Professorial, Academic and Research staff. This is a permanent position.

This is a varied and stimulating role in which you will assist the nominated staff with all administration relating to their research group, teaching duties, committee work and other relevant areas. Key tasks also include diary management and handling correspondence; supporting the organisation of courses, international conferences and a research network; providing support for grant applications; supporting the administration of research projects. You will have the ability to manage and prioritise a varied and busy workload and work to deadlines, along with excellent attention to detail and high level of accuracy. The ability to develop successful working relationships with academic and support staff colleagues across the department and in the wider University is essential. Experience of using Oracle Financials or similar financial information system would be desirable. The post is full-time but flexible working could be supported. This will be discussed with shortlisted applicants at interview.

The closing date for applications is midday on 25 August 2016, with interviews scheduled to be held on 13 September 2016.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 124729 ). 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=124729

Finance Officer
Grade 5: £24,298 to £28,982 per annum

We are looking for a Finance Officer to join the busy Department of Materials finance team. You will need strong Excel ability and previous experience of using Oracle or a similar complex financial accounting system. As a senior member of the team you will provide direction and supervision, ensuring that the department keeps within budget and that purchases from research projects are accounted correctly. This is a permanent, full time position.

You will provide a range of essential financial administrative duties, including accounts payable and purchasing, VAT reconciliations, banking procedures, credit control, stores processes, general ledger reconciliation and student payments. You will look to review processes and improve them where needed. You will also support the Deputy Administrator (Finance) and work closely with central finance to ensure compliance with the university’s financial regulations.

You will have significant experience of financial administration, along with good A-level qualifications (or equivalent experience). You will have an organised and calm approach, with experience of working to deadlines. Being part or full ACCA qualified (or equivalent) would be desirable.

The closing date for applications is midday on 31 August 2016 with interviews scheduled to be held on 15 September 2016.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 124882 ). 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=124882

Personal Assistant to the Professor of Nanomaterials
Grade 5 / Salary: £24,298 to £28,982 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 the development of funding areas for Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF).

Self-motivated and tactful, you will be literate, numerate, well-organised and have a high level of competence in computer skills. Previous PA experience and associated professional skills are essential, as is a high standard of written English. You will have the ability to manage and prioritise a varied and busy workload and work to deadlines, think and plan ahead, and exercise a high level of responsibility in running Professor Briggs’ office, his diary and correspondence. Experience of working in a university environment, or workplace of comparable complexity, would be an advantage.

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 TWCF Administrative Coordinator, and will need to develop good working relationships with outside academics and Templeton World Charity Foundation staff.

This is a fixed-term post to 30 June 2020. The post is full-time but flexible working could be supported; this will be discussed with shortlisted applicants at interview.

The closing date for applications is midday on 21 September 2016 with interviews currently planned for 4 October 2016.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 125068 ). 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=125068

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