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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.

11 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)

*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.

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Research Grants Officer
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 - £34,956 per annum

We are seeking to appoint a Research Grants Officer to the Department of Materials. This is a new and key role within the Department, allowing the post holder to develop the scope of the role. The post will provide highly valuable finance and project management support across the Department. This is a permanent, full time post.

Your main responsibilities will focus on providing post award support to research staff across the whole research grant portfolio, and providing strategic and operational support to the Deputy Administrator (Research and Finance). You will provide management information including cost recovery analysis and quarterly forecasting of overheads. You will also deputise for the Deputy Administrator (Research and Finance) in her absence.

You will be educated to degree level (or equivalent), with sufficient scientific understanding to support the department’s research grants. You will have experience of working in research administration/finance including managing grant awards, and will have excellent interpersonal, organisational and IT skills.

The Department is one of the world’s leading materials teaching and research institutions. National League tables (Guardian, Times Good University Guide) regularly place us as the UK’s top materials department.

Informal enquiries about this post can be addressed to: (Deputy Administrator (Research and Finance) or (Head of Administration and Finance).

You will be required to upload your CV, a supporting statement explaining how your experience matches the selection criteria and a three year development plan (max 4 sides A4, 11pt Arial). The plan can include whatever information you think appropriate to the development of this new role and yourself, but should include, though not be limited to: what kind of management information is useful to PIs, what kind of management information would be useful to the department for decision making, how you will work with PIs and interact with internal and external agencies. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to discuss the plan at interview.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 11 January 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 126865 ). To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:

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