Vacancies

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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.

9 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)

*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)

*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.

Research Staff

Research Job

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in NMR Crystallography
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 - £34,956 per annum

We are looking recruit a researcher, who will be based in the department and will interact with a number of companies to further the use of NMR Crystallography in Industry. Specifically you will assist with the deployment of CCP-NC software, to identify software requirements, and to help address those needs. The companies involved are Astra-Zenica, Pfizer, Johnson-Matthey and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre. Reporting to Professor Jonathan Yates, you will interact closely with other members of the CCP-NC community, particularly Prof Steven Brown (University of Warwick) and Dr Paul Hodgkinson (Durham University). The position is fixed-term for 1 year.

You will have a good first degree and a completed doctorate (by the start date) in the physical sciences. You will also have expertise in first-principles calculations of NMR parameters for the solid state and a good fundamental understanding of the areas of science relevant to NMR Crystallography.

The closing date for applications is midday on 19 December 2016.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 126219). 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=126219

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.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Machine Learning by Bayesian Optimisation for Experimental Research in Quantum Nanodevices
Grade 7 / Salary in the range: £30,738 - £34,576 p.a. / Vacancy ID: 125441

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant whose aim will be to harness Machine Learning techniques for experimental scientific discovery. Duties will include development and application of Bayesian Optimisation for measurements of single-molecule devices, and training them on simulated experimental data. The post is available for up to 3 years and is under the supervision of Professor Andrew Briggs. Within a few years ML will be as widely used for running experiments as computers already are for controlling apparatus and logging data. The project gives the opportunity to make that happen in the emerging field of quantum nanotechnology. You will engage and work collaboratively with others involved in the programme including Professor Michael Osborne, Department of Engineering Science, who will supervise the development of the machine learning methods.

You will have a good first degree and a completed doctorate (or nearly completed) in a relevant discipline. You will have expertise and experience in software engineering, along with demonstrated expertise in model-based machine learning. 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 5 January 2017

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Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 126632). 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=126632

Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 - £38,183 per annum (with a discretionary range to £41,709 per annum)
Atom Probe Scientist

Applications are invited for the position of Atom Probe Scientist in the Atom Probe Research Group in the Department of Materials. The Atom Probe Research Group supports world-leading atom probe tomography (APT) research, investigating a wide range of materials including: semiconductors, heterogeneous catalysts and fission/fusion related steels and advanced alloys. The post holder will be responsible for the general management of the Atom Probe Laboratory, providing a service to members of the research team, external partners and collaborators working in APT. The post holder will support non-expert researchers using the atom probe but will also have responsibilities for short-to-medium term projects in collaboration with key research partners on a variety of materials research topics.

Applicants must have extensive practical experience in one or more appropriate microscopy techniques, these being: APT, scanning electron and focused ion beam. They are expected to be self-motivated with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research laboratory. Applicants must have excellent communication skills and a strong willingness to assist with the training and supervision of junior researchers. At the time of appointment applicants should possess a PhD in materials science or a closely-related subject such as engineering, materials chemistry, or physics. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Michael Moody (email: michael.moody@materials.ox.ac.uk). The group’s website can be found at http://atomprobe.materials.ox.ac.uk.

This is a permanent post and is available to start as soon as possible.

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

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 126513). 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=126513

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 Staff Jobs

Support Job

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