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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 Bulk Superconductors for Biomedical Applications
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 - £34,956 per annum

We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with specialist knowledge in powder processing and the characterisation of materials by XRD and SEM techniques. This post will involve working under the supervision of Prof Susie Speller on the development of new powder processing strategies, to optimise the trapped field performance of MgB2 bulk superconductors for operation at liquid neon temperature (27K). This post is fixed-term for up to 3 years.

You will work closely with project partners to build a compact demonstrator magnet using the new bulk MgB2 materials, with the aim of performing in-vitro magnetic drug targeting experiments with collaborators at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Oxford. Processing of bulk MgB2 in more complex geometries will also be explored for potential application in limb-scale and pre-clinical MRI and desktop NMR.

You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil (or be close to completion), together with appropriate experience. You will also have previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations. Experience in TEM analysis, and understanding of superconducting properties and materials, would be desirable.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 24 August 2017. Interviews are currently scheduled for 26 September 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 130031 ). 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=130031

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 from black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Optical Sensing and Analysis of Nanoparticles
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 - £34,956 per annum

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Photonic Nanomaterials Group, led by Professor Jason Smith. You will become a key member of a team working on the sensing and analysis of nanoparticles in fluids using optical micro-resonators. The post is fixed-term to 31 March 2019.

You will use an existing laboratory prototype apparatus to perform measurements on nanoparticles and carry out detailed analysis of results to determine their properties. You will use and develop the apparatus to identify and extend performance parameters such as measurement resolution and dynamic range, and carry out demonstrations experiments focusing on technologically important classes of nanoparticles. You will develop analytic and/or numerical models as appropriate to aid with data analysis. The work will be carried out in the Materials Department in Oxford, and in collaboration with a new spinout company, Oxford HighQ, who lead the overall project with a grant from InnovateUK. The project is also in consultation with Malvern Instruments Ltd, a globally leading commercial supplier of instrumentation for nanoparticle analysis.

You will have (or be close to completing) a PhD/DPhil in Physics, Materials Science or Engineering, together with research experience in photonics. Experience in microfluidics or nanofluidics would be an advantage. You will have the ability to develop apparatus in a laboratory context.

The closing date for applications is midday on 8 September 2017.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 130415 ). 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=130415

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.

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Administrative and Technical Staff Jobs

Support Job

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