Research Associate in Nanostructured Interphases for Structural Fibres

Job summary

Imperial College and the University of Bristol have been jointly awarded a major, five-year, programme grant (£6m), by EPSRC, to fundamentally redesign high-performance composite materials. This “NextCOMP” programme focusses on the challenge of improving the absolute performance of composites in compression, both to address practical limitations of current materials, and as a demonstration of the value of quantitative hierarchical...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00684
  • Date posted 26 March 2020
  • Closing date 3 May 2020

Job description

Job summary

Imperial College and the University of Bristol have been jointly awarded a major, five-year, programme grant (£6m), by EPSRC, to fundamentally redesign high-performance composite materials. This “NextCOMP” programme focusses on the challenge of improving the absolute performance of composites in compression, both to address practical limitations of current materials, and as a demonstration of the value of quantitative hierarchical materials design. The work will develop and embed structure at every length scale from the molecules of the matrix to the lay-up of final components, using new constituents and new architectures, designed within a new analytical framework. The programme will benefit from a highly creative and interdisciplinary approach amongst the core project term, amplified by contributions from leading international advisors and collaborators. An extensive group of industrial partners will contribute to the project, and help to develop the outputs, building on concept demonstrators designed during the programme.

Duties and responsibilities

As part of this team, we are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research associate to develop a new generation of modified structural fibres. You will be a highly creative experimental scientist/engineer, with a good understanding of structural fibres, nanomaterials synthesis/assembly, and composite theory.

Essential requirements

You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in an experimental physical science/engineering, preferably with an emphasis on nanostructured and/or fibre materials.

Essential experience will include fibre coating / spinning, characterisation, and property evaluation. Knowledge of natural materials or composite performance in compression would be an advantage.

Further information

The position is available from May 2020 for 2 years in the first instance, renewable for additional years. Salary will be in the range £40,215 - £47,579 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience.  

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.