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The Department of Materials is an Athena Swan Bronze 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: hannah.gilbert@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.

11 funded projects available at present.

Additive manufacture of adaptive materials for communications applications
( Professor Patrick Grant)

Circuit compilers for near-term quantum computers
( Professor S C Benjamin)

Imperfect quantum technology: Exploiting first generation quantum computers
( Prof S C Benjamin)

Li and Na wetting of cathode ceramics
( Professor Martin Castell)

Magnesium anodes in ionic liquid electrolytes (DTP)
( Professor Mauro Pasta)

Mechanical Behaviour of solid state lithium ion batteries
( Professor David Armstrong, Professor Peter Bruce)

Micromechanical Studies of Fatigue in Superalloys
( Prof Angus J Wilkinson and Dr Jicheng Gong)

New approaches to the cathode-solid electrolyte interface in the manufacture of solid-state batteries
( Professor P S Grant, Professor Mauro Pasta and Professor P G Bruce)

Super alumina: oxide nanocomposites for armour
( Professor Richard Todd, Professor Peter Nellist, Dr Antonio Pellegrino)

Thermo-mechanical property measurement of nuclear graphites at elevated temperature
( T J Marrow)

X-ray video imaging of solidification to increase materials recirculation
( Prof Patrick Grant / Dr Enzo Liotti)

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 Advanced Characterisation of 2D Materials
Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

Reporting to Professor Nicole Grobert, you will be a member of the Nanomaterials by Design team, an international, welcoming, and productive research group working on the tailored manufacturing of nanomaterials with end-user applications in mind. You will be responsible for your own grant funded research project within a discrete area of a wider research programme.

The EcoUltra2D project focuses on the fundamental and applied studies ultrasonic exfoliation mechanisms used to produce graphene and other 2D materials and the optimisation of processing parameters. The aim of EcoUltra2D is the development of an eco-friendly and scalable technology without the use of harmful and aggressive reagents. Experiments employing advanced characterisation of cavitation parameters, most advanced in situ and ex situ analysis of exfoliated materials accompanied by modelling, and further testing functional properties of the EcoUltra2D materials will be performed in collaboration with Brunel University, Oxford Brookes University, and the University of Hull. The project is supported by a number of industrial partners.

This post is fixed-term until 28 February 2021, and is funded through the EPSRC Grant EcoUltra2D on the ‘Sustainable and industrially scalable ultrasonic liquid phase exfoliation technologies for manufacturing 2D advanced functional materials’.

We are looking for someone who is keen to collaborate with their own and other research groups and with the drive and passion to move the field forward. You will have the opportunity to work with renowned experts, learning from and supporting the leaders in this field. You will be specifically responsible for the advanced characterisation of exfoliated 2D materials produced by the EcoUltra2D project partners and in-house. You will collaborate with researchers in participating institutions and interact with other researchers in the Nanomaterials by Design team and engineers based at collaborating industry partners. You will have a PhD degree or equivalent in materials science, physics, chemistry or another related scientific or engineering discipline, and should have a strong background in experimental research. Expertise in processing and advanced 2D materials are key selection criteria. You will hold a PhD (or be close to completion) relevant to the subject (Physics, Chemistry, Material Science) and will be self-motivated, able to plan and deliver a research project. You will have a background in advanced nanomaterials characterisation, e.g. expertise in the advanced characterisation / microanalysis of 2D nanomaterials, including HRTEM, HAADF STEM, EELS, EDX, Raman, SEM, FTIR, TGA, and complementary means, and expertise in the manufacturing and processing of nanomaterials, especially 2D.

All applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 15 March 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 19 March 2019 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 139364). 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=139364

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Electron Microscopy of Solid-State Batteries
Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

Reporting to Professors Pasta and Nellist, you will be responsible for developing and applying electron microscope-based methods for imaging the microstructures of materials and interfaces in solid-state batteries and using spectroscopy for spatially localised chemical analysis. You will develop work flows for sample preparation, imaging and spectroscopy, and make use of a range of instruments including focused ion-beam, scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope instruments. The postholder is a member of a research group with responsibility for carrying out research on solid-state Li (and Na) metal batteries funded through the Faraday Institution Fast Start Grant, SOLBAT.

You will have a PhD (or be close to completion) in a relevant area, and will be self-motivated, able to plan and deliver a research project. We are looking for someone with experience of electron microscopy and spectroscopy of electrochemical energy storage device who seeks to be part of a substantial research activity at Oxford.

All applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 15 March 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials in late March 2019 and you must be available either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 139357). 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=139357

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Synthesis of Molecular Graphenoids
Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

A research post in the synthesis of molecular graphene nanosystems is available immediately, for a fixed-term of 24 months. The post will be developed in the framework of an ERC project, under the supervision of Professor Lapo Bogani. The postholder will explore the chemistry of molecular graphenoids and graphene nanoribbons that contain magnetic spin centres. The systems will prompt the exploration, within the ERC project, via time-resolved spectroscopy and integration into single-molecule electronic devices connected across graphene nanogaps.

A breakthrough in the development of graphene nanosystems has come with the design and synthesis of molecular graphenoids, where atomic control over the structure is possible. This opens up the possibility of investigating long-sought magnetic properties and understanding the electronic behaviour of related devices. This purpose will necessitate non-trivial synthetic advances: (i) using magnetic side-functionalization of nanoribbons; (ii) by integrating the chemistry of graphenoids with the coordination chemistry of transition metals and rare-earths. This full-time post offers the opportunity to establish the synthetic pathways for magnetic graphenoids, and to create the first libraries towards emerging quantum technologies. It is thus an opportunity to develop a novel area of chemistry, and investigate fundamental structure-properties links.

Applicants must have a doctorate in synthetic chemistry (or be near completion) and have an outstanding track record of research and publications, commensurate with stage in career. Applicants will have research experience in creating graphene nanoribbons or polycyclic aromatic molecules via wet chemistry synthetic procedures. Experience of coordination chemistry is desirable but not of primary importance. Willingness and ability to engage with others in collaborative research is essential for this post, as interaction with groups in Germany is planned. Availability to start by 1 April 2019 or soon after would be desirable.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Friday 15 March 2019.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 139365). 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=139365

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Next Generation Batteries (2 posts)
Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

We are seeking two outstanding candidates to investigate the fundamental chemistry underpinning lithium-ion or Li-O2 batteries, in the group of Professor Peter Bruce FRS. You will have a record of high-quality research in one or more of the following areas: electrochemistry, materials chemistry, surface chemistry, transition metal cathodes, non-aqueous electrolytes, the Li-O2 battery, fuel cells. With excellent analytical skills, you will enjoy the challenge of developing new techniques to overcome fundamental challenges in these systems.

You will have a good first degree and hold a doctorate (or be near completion) in a relevant area. You will have excellent oral and written communication skills, along with a strong record of research commensurate with experience.

There are up to two posts available. The PDRA(s) will develop research objectives and proposals, plan, manage and carry out research related to lithium batteries. You will be expected to work with colleagues in the group and collaborators.

All applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 25 March 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 12 April 2019 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

Applications for this post are to be made online (vacancy reference 139497). 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=139497

 

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